Another hike

Because why not? It was gorgeous today. My oldest and I had planned to hike together but her profs decided to add to her work load so I was solo today. 
Another item on my E.S.L. is to hike every state park in Indiana. I’m approaching this from a post divorce angle. I want these hikes to be mine, either solo or with people that I want to make memories with. So while I have hiked more than the three I have checked off so far, those previous hikes will not count toward the goal. 

Today was Clifty Falls State park. GPS took me in through the South Gate so I had a nice drive up to the North gate where the trail head I needed was located. 


I found the parking lot, found the bathroom, packed up my gear and set out on trail 8. Two minutes in and I have a creek crossing that does not offer a way to keep your feet semi dry. So off came the shoes. 


I made a mental note to pack a small microfiber cloth on my next hike. It would have been helpful in drying my feet. Also? I need a pedicure. Should anyone feel like donating I can accept pay pal! 😜

So I’m on trail 8. This is a higher elevation trail. For the greater portion of it you are waaaay above the creek bed. It does eventually take you all the way down to the creek where you can pick up trail 2 if you choose. 

Tiny fall


Along the trail there were several wild flowers blooming. I wish I could claim to be a hiker that can identify flowers and trees like a boss but I’m not even sure I can identify poison ivy and I know I can’t identify poison oak. I’m here for the beauty and the exercise folks! Lol

Down hill!

You can’t see the but there are tiny white flowers on the ground cover

I love moss!


The closer I got to the creek bed the hungrier I was. I was hoping it would be a great place to rest and grab a snack. I was not disappointed. 

Trail crossing over those rocks.

Stayed dry and no longer hangry.

I could have stayed here all day.

North up the creek bed takes you to the base of the Falls.


After crossing the creek the trail was super nice in offering a climb that I would like to refer to as the booty burner. Once you reach the top your glutes will be on fire! 


At the top I picked up trail 3. This was narrow and on the very edge of the canyon wall. No worries though, if you slip off there are plenty of trees to break your fall. 

Trail 3 connects to trail 4 which is easy enough until you get to where trail four connects to trail 5 but there is no sign telling you it’s trail 5. Luckily someone had come from the direction of the unmarked break-off and confirmed that it was trail 5. Dear state park people there needs to be a sign. 

Trail 5 was rugged! Loved it though. Lots of stone stairs, tree root steps and just plain challenging paths. My thighs will be sore tomorrow. 

All along this trail dogwoods were blooming. Sweet reminders of my Grandmother and all the times she pushed me in the swing that was in their dogwood tree. 


Trail 5 also had some really cool areas where the cliffs were exposed and the trail took you up close. 


Then there were the NOPE stairs that led to a memorial that I’m certain has not had many visitors.

Holy stair case Batman!

And this part of the trail that is the dry bed of a waterfall. You can’t tell from the picture but it’s about a 50ft drop off of there and the bottom is full of rocks. No trees to break your fall this time. 


Another cool area where there was a lot of exposed sand stone. 


Tunnel Falls


Trail 5 ended and I had to walk the road around to the trail head for trail 6. At this point my phone is pretty much dead. Trail 6 met trail 7 and I came across a sign that reminded me of my life.


Of course I chose the rugged path. 😉 Shortly after I headed down this path my phone died. So I completed my hike and then charged my phone so I could come back to get these last shots.


So my 5 mile hike turned into a 9mile hike. It was so beautiful. It was a great day. 

What goals do you have for this year? 

Rise strong!

Love ya!

Jo-

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