Of course, this being me and all, it wasn’t quite that simple. 😀 Upon reaching the car we realized we hadn’t brought a towel to dry Ryder off with or a sheet to protect the back seat. *shakes head* So back down to the creek in a rocky spot to bathe the dog and then make sure he stayed out of the mud on the way back to the car. That kept the mess to a minimum. We’ll remember next time!
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A month ago, right before things went crazy around here again, Spider Bait and I managed to get Ryder to the State Park for the first time. The walk to the Mineral Springs would be an easy jaunt along and over and through a creek. The weather was gorgeous and with all the rain there would be plenty of flowing water to introduce him to.
More to come!
I’ve been dealing with a case of cabin fever here recently as the weather has been bitterly cold and not safe for me to be out in. But the sun was shining Wednesday with temperatures in the 20’s, so I figured I could handle it if I broke out the heavy-duty winter gear. With winter coming to a close, I decided to see the mineral springs in all their winter glory. It was supposed to be a joint trip with Spider Bait as my companion, but a meeting beckoned and I was on my own. So I bundled up against the nasty cold (I have circulation issues) and off I went.
It was a quiet walk through the woods. It was midday on a weekday and I had the trail to myself. Crisp clean air and no one talking over the muted gurgling of the creek and the occasional bird. Heaven.
At this point I left the grotto and went up a side path to sit on a bench above the grotto and take in some sun. It was blissfully quiet except for a pair of Pileated Woodpeckers drumming and squawking. But since they can be quite shy, I was more than happy to share space with them. Sorry, no pics. They didn’t get close enough for my cheapo camera to see them as more than just specs in the trees.
Eventually I was forced by the cold to get a move on. I had gotten wet climbing around and wet plus cold is Bad. So back down the trail to the grotto I went.
Hope you enjoyed the walk! If you would like to see our summer pics of the mineral springs, go here.
Special thanks to Spider Bait for using his fancy schmancy new phone to help with the photos. My camera was very finicky about the light there at the end and I got lots of dark photos. His fancy phone did much better than my camera.
After I had been on the lake with my new kayak long enough to feel guilty about leaving Spider Bait on shore all alone, I headed back in and offered up the kayak so he could take a spin. He declined and said he wanted to take me hiking up to the mineral springs. So I deflated and bagged the kayak and then changed back into shorts and shoes.
Back in the 1800’s the mineral springs were a big deal and boasted curative waters. They even had a resort on the hill above them at one time. Now it is all woods and a hike to get to them.`
Of course, after hiking through the woods in the heat we were both thirsty. Spider Bait went first.
Well, if he thought it was cold there was no way in heck I was putting my face in there. So I dug out the ziplock bag I had for my camera on the kayak. It made a perfect canteen.
We then decided to grab roots and climb up above the springs and look around. There was a creek up there with neat rock formations.
And then it was time to return Spider Bait to school and get home for dinner. So one last look around…
Hope you enjoyed the trip! Night!