Sunday, January 18, 2009

Hocking Hills Winter Hike 2009

It was a bit chilly (Low 20's) but two brave or if you prefer insane people from the Edison Photo Society made it to the 2009 Winter Hike at Hocking hills. We hiked all 6 miles and shared with each other our various aches and pains the last two miles.

The hike starts at Old Mans Cave (which is really just a long recessed area), moves onto Cedar Falls and ends at Ash Cave. The frozen falls and snow covered ground made for some great winter pictures.

The first picture is the Falls at Old Mans Cave. The second a cool picture of some ice and the last a group of hikers entering Old Mans Cave. Below is a sculpture at the top of a bridge we crossed on the way to Ceder Falls.

Ceder Falls is considered the halfway point in the hike. You not only get a great picture opportunity with the frozen falls but you get a chance to thaw by a fire and warm up with hot bean soup and coco. Both were delicious.

Ash Cave is just awesome. The mountain of ice that builds from the bottom must be at least 15 feet high.

If you really want to know just how cold it was, just ask this fellow who was kind enough to let me take his picture.

The hike is not a loop. fortunately they bus you back. I am fairly certain I would not have been able to make the return trip on hoof. We both had a great time. Sherri was a real trooper. Here is a picture of her taking a picture, while impersonating the Stay-Puff Marshmallow Man.

At the end of the hike we were greeted by this jolly fellow.

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