Spring Mill State Park

Spring Mill State Park is half nature hiking – half history lesson. It kind of reminds me of Cades Cove in Great Smoky Mountain National Park with it’s grist mill, however, Spring Mill State Park includes a whole Pioneer Town along with its grist mill. I have been to Spring Mill before and walked through…

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Conkles Hollow State Nature Preserve

After backpacking in Zaleski State Forest, my plan was to camp for two nights at Hocking Hills State Park and hike the trails. I had been forewarned that Hocking Hills gets crowded, what I failed to understand was that it is not the normal state park crowd level, it is National Park crowd level, which…

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Zaleski State Forest

I have been chomping at the bit for over a year to go on my first backpacking trip. I’ve even had the gear to do so for a year. But plans  kept falling apart for various reasons. Well, last week I finally did it! Mountain Chicks Ohio put together a mini backpacking trip through Zaleski…

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Holland State Park

Holland State Park is located in Holland, Michigan along the shores of Lake Macatawa and Lake Michigan. Jess and I originally wanted to go to Holland to see the Holland Harbor South Pierhead Lighthouse or “Big Red Lighthouse” as it is affectionately known, which can be viewed from Holland State Park. The town of Holland…

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Potato Creek State Park

I’m another state park closer to having hiked at all 24 Indiana State Parks! Only 10 more to go! On my way to Michigan this past weekend, I stopped at Potato Creek State Park. It’s not too far off US Hwy-31. I wish I’d had more time to hike and explore because the park is…

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Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial

Long story short: I’M A JUNIOR RANGER AT LINCOLN BOYHOOD NATIONAL MEMORIAL!!!!!  I’m not excited or anything… 😀 Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial is very history based, so I thought the best way to learn about the memorial was to do the Junior Ranger Activity book. In order to become a Junior Ranger you have to…

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Lincoln State Park

On July 4th, I checked another Indiana state park off my bucket list, Lincoln State Park! What better state park to check off on a day that celebrates our country’s independence than one named after one of our presidents? Fun Fact: President Abraham Lincoln lived in southern Indiana from the age of 7 to 21.…

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T.C. Steele State Historic Site

Have you ever driven past a sign like a million times before finally your curiosity gets the better of you and you finally stop to see what all the fuss is about? That’s what happened to me Sunday. Though by “fuss” I mean, a tiny little sign attached to a pole below another sign. I…

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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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