Thanks to those of you who came to my program at the Preble County Library’s Eaton Branch. I had a great time speaking and answering your questions. It is always nice to hear that I’ve inspired someone to start hiking!
My next speaking engagement will be at the Milford Branch of the Clermont County Library on May 6, 2014. If you are around that way, please stop in and visit.
I am booking speaking engagements for 2014. So, if you would like for me to come and talk to your group, please contact me via tammy at cincyhikes dot com or send me a message on Facebook/6060Cincyhikes.
WOODLAND MOUND IDENTIFIED AS MACY’S “HEART YOUR PARK” FUNDRAISING PROGRAM RECEPIENT IN CINCINNATI
Macy’s partners with the National Recreation and Park Association to raise funds for local parks nationwide, with every dollar matched by Macy’s, up to $250,000
You can shop and help a local park.
Woodland Mound has been selected for “Heart Your Park,” a program introduced as part of Macy’s “Secret Garden” campaign, that aims to raise awareness and dollars for local parks across the country. From March 7 to March 31, customers at Macy’s Anderson Town Center can donate $1 or more at the register, with 100 percent of the donations benefiting Woodland Mound. To further spread the love, Macy’s will match the total customer donation across all stores, dollar for dollar, up to $250,000 in total.
Woodland Mound is one of more than 550 parks nationwide that will benefit from Macy’s “Heart Your Park” this spring. In partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), the national non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of community parks, recreation and conservation, Macy’s stores across the country have each selected a local park or green space in their community to support through the program. Donations will go toward making improvements, such as maintaining trails, playgrounds, and ball fields, and everything in between.
“We are thrilled to partner with Macy’s and NRPA for ‘Heart Your Park’ this spring,” said Jack Sutton, Great Parks of Hamilton County Executive Director. “Through this wonderful program and donations by Macy’s customers, we are excited about the increased awareness and additional funding for Woodland Mound. This park is a great asset to the community, and we greatly appreciate Macy’s support.”
“Heart Your Park” is part of Macy’s “Secret Garden” spring campaign that will come to life at Macy’s stores and on macys.com with an infusion of garden-inspired merchandise, special promotions and events. For more information on “Secret Garden,” visit macys.com/secretgarden. For a full list of the parks benefiting from Macy’s “Heart Your Park,” visit macys.com/parks
I couldn’t take being inside any longer so I went for a hike.
It was -4° F.
Wonderful and cold. Very cold. Crazy cold. I wondered what I was doing more than once.
The snow was falling but rather than flakes the snow”flakes” were slivers. I think the proper term is needle and maybe column snowflakes. The incredible thing was that the snowflakes weren’t so much as falling but gently twisting around in the air. It looked like fairy’s pixie dust bomb had gone off. It was awesome. Unfortunately, it wasn’t something I could capture on the camera. Boo hoo hoo. I would have loved to share it with you.
I found some interesting things along the trail.
The first thing I saw are these tracks, what do you think they are?
Yep, I think they are a mole too. Now if we look a little to the left, we see more tracks this time it looks like a bird and a mole.
You can kind of see where the bird disturbed the snow as it came down, where the wings hit and where there is the track line of a mole and a track.
Here is what I think happened, the mole was out for a Sunday stroll. Why? I have no idea, I thought they hibernated but a quick online search later discovered–nope. No hibernating for moles. Apparently, moles cannot store fat and they are active all winter long chasing down earthworms below the freeze level. If there is a blanket of snow insulating the ground they’ll move on up.
Anyways, I think the mole stroll turned into a “HOLY CRAP IT’S GOING TO EAT ME!” moment and the mole tried to get away from the bird but it didn’t work.
Bird 1: Mole 0
(If you hike during extremely cold weather or cold weather for that matter, you need the right gear: good pair of insulated boots, warm socks, insulated coat, layers of warm clothing that dries quickly, hat, insulated gloves, and a scarf. Know the trail you are going to hike and never hike a trail you aren’t familiar with as it is too easy to get lost on snow covered trails that haven’t been hiked. Also, bring food and water. Fuel for your body is important.)
Going out in cold weather can be chilling experience! Especially if you are like me and prefer 80+ degree days. The first thing that always gets cold are my hands. This is a big problem because I have tendentious in my hands and feet so once the tendons get cold it feels like shredded glass inside. Not a pleasant feeling.
I have Thinsulate gloves/mittens but on really cold days will use HotHands hand warmers.
You can get the warmers at nearly any store but if you are out in the weather a lot you may want to just buy a whole carton and keep it in the car.The warmers are a combination of iron, activated carbon, and water to create this magical heat. Yes, it is magical when your hands are near frozen.
Dinsmore is lovely but…some parts of the trail are overgrown with stinging nettles (although the plants are still young and not very stingy) and we had to do two separate work arounds to get around fallen trees. Every time we have visited this location, we’ve had to do some work around or another.
I refuse the pass under trees that have “mostly” fallen because I don’t want to have the tree complete it’s decent on me or my daughters.
Work-arounds simply means working your way around what is blocking the path. While I don’t advocate going off trail sometimes it is necessary and safer than passing under a mostly fallen tree. First, don’t try to go around the top to the tree. This will take you longer and become infinitely frustrating and typically when trees fall–they fall downhill. Which means if you are walking around the canopy, you are still in danger of the tree shifting thanks to gravity. Plus, getting jabbed and poked by the branches isn’t a lot of fun.
I always head uphill towards where the root of the tree is usually sticking out the ground. You just have to be careful when going around this gaping hole so you don’t fall in. Then work your way back down the hillside.
To get back down a steep hillside you can stair-step sideways down the hill, go toes first method/skate, or turn around and sort-of reverse climb down the hill. The reverse climb is handy when the hill is really steep because you lower your center of gravity and have four touch points. What you choose depends on what you feel comfortable with but the most important thing is to give yourself distance between you and whoever you are hiking with because if you slip, you don’t want to wipe them out as well.
Make sure you return to the trail as soon as you safely can because you don’t want to get off trail and get yourself lost. While that might not be a big problem in several of the smaller forests around this area, it could be if you were hiking in a more remote area. I’ll talk about compasses in my next post….