We had unseasonably warm weather in February 2017 when Jess came to visit for the weekend, while I was dog-sitting for my Pap. As you’ve probably realized if you’ve read any of my other posts, Jess and I always go on some sort of adventure when we are together, whether it be a road-trip, National Park, or a state park, and this visit was no different. We decided to knock another item off our very long bucket lists – Turkey Run State Park. We had visited what I call Turkey Run’s little sister, Shades State Park, the year before and loved it.
Pap’s dog, Buddy, was in need of some exercise so he joined on our adventure.
Jess, Buddy and I turned trails 1, 3, 5, and 9 into a large loop. We wanted to see as much as we could of the park while avoiding ladders, since we had Buddy. However, I quickly learned that Buddy is not afraid of heights and will get as close to the edge as possible, especially on stairs.
So while Buddy could have used the exercise, it ended up being me who got the workout carrying him up and down all the stairs. At one point, I think it was in Boulder Canyon, we had to scramble up some rocks and I just gave up and stuck him in my backpack. He loved it. Pap swears Buddy only weights 10 pounds, but after carrying him a good portion of 3.5 miles, I begged to differ. I weighted him when we got home, he weights over 13 pounds!
One of my favorite parts of the hike was walking across the Suspension Bridge. I know that suspension bridges move, but actually feeling it sway as I walked on it was really cool! Made me feel like a little kid on the playground.
The “140 Steps” section was also memorable, there were so many stairs.
Rocky Hollow and Wedge Rock were also impressive, but there were a ridiculous number of people, especially screaming small children, and it was stressful watching out for them, carrying Buddy, and trying not to fall in the water. Luckily, I was able to make it out with only one soaked foot. I would like to go back early in the day before all the people show up and get more pictures. When I hike with a dog, I’m less likely to take photos because I am focused on the dog, as it should be.
- The rest of Trail 1
- Trail 2
- Trail 4