Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge

So I definitely realized just now as I was verifying the spelling that I have been calling Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge the wrong name….I’ve been calling it Muskatuck…whoops….anyways….I have learned that I really dislike humidity. Not only does it turn my hair into a frizzy, bushy, hot mess of a beast, it also makes me…

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Harmonie State Park

On my way to Shawnee National Forest for Memorial Day Weekend, I passed the tourist sign for Harmonie State Park. With it being a last minute trip, I had not realized that I would be passing so close to the state park. I decided I’d take advantage of being so close and stop on my…

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Dear Bob and Sue by Matt and Karen Smith

Dear Bob and Sue is definitely one of my favorite books this year! Matt and Karen quit their jobs and spent 2010-2012 visiting all 59 National Park’s in the United States.

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Giant City State Park

The number of beautiful hiking spots in Southern Illinois still baffles me. Not only is there Shawnee National Forest, but there is also Giant City State Park, Ferne Clyffe State Park, Cache River State Natural Area, Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, the list goes on. Sufficient to say, I have a lot more exploring to…

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Shawnee National Forest

I spent Memorial Day Weekend (2018) hiking at Shawnee National Forest with members of Women Who Hike – Illinois. It was great making new friends and knocking hikes off my Bucket List! Shawnee National Forest encompasses 280,000 acres of land in the southern tip of Illinois. It protects a wide variety of geological features you…

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A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

“Not long after I moved with my family to a small town in New Hampshire I happened upon a path that vanished into a wood on the edge of town.”

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Whitewater Memorial State Park

This past Saturday I needed to go to Cincinnati, Ohio but wanted to get some hiking in on the way. I settled on Whitewater Memorial State Park as it is located near the Ohio border only 30 minutes out of my way. One of my goals for 2018 is to visit every state park in…

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Anderson Falls Preserve

Anderson Falls is a state nature preserve east of Columbus, Indiana. It was originally part of the Nature Conservancy, but management was handed over to Bartholomew County Parks Department in 1979. It features a pretty waterfall and short hiking trails that are not well marked and overgrown in places. It is possible to walk a…

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Yellowwood State Forest

The first time I went to Yellowwood State Forest was back when I was still in college and my dad told my mom we’d only be gone for a couple hours and would be back in plenty of time for a family dinner she had planned for that evening…..lies. Four hours after we’d started hiking,…

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Rock Cut State Park

Even though the temperature was not expected to rise above 30 degrees, it was windy, and the sun was hiding, Lizzie and I were in need of an adventure and decided to explore Pierce Lake Trail at Rock Cut State Park. Rock Cut State Park is located in northern Illinois about an hour and a…

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