Last Sunday , I went for a little hike, while my lovely wife was reading. I love hiking the trails near the creek, after it has rained a lot, because otherwise, several of the streams and waterfalls would be dry.
Everyone thought I was crazy, for wanting to go hiking in 3 degree weather, and they were calling for -10 degree wind chill. It was 3 degrees, but no wind, so the wind chill was not bad. I asked a few people if they wanted to go hiking with me, but I did not get any takers! I do not understand why, It was beautiful out there!
I started at dawn. As I was driving past the frozen lake at Shaker Village, I saw what I thought were tail lights, in my rear view mirror. A couple seconds later, I saw it was the sun starting to come up. It was huge and beautiful, but I did not want to stop to take pictures, because I wanted to get on the trail. I knew it would be a short 2 hour hike, because we were going to visit our daughter, son in law and grandson, and I never want to be late for that!
It was a bit nippy, and though some thought I was crazy, and I did not expect to see anyone on the trail, but I passed 3 other guys, with as much love for the outdoors as me, riding trail bicycles out there. They were going up a pretty good hill on the trail too. More power to them and the ones that run these trails. It is enough for me to hike them. It is not hard for me, but I doubt I could run up or ride up these hills!
A quick note for anyone new at hiking in the cold, that I learned real fast, the first time I hiked in the cold with my hyrdropack, I fill it up with warm to hot water, and I put socks around the tube, and cover it up with my jacket. The first time I hiked in the cold, a few years ago, and I did not do that, my tube was frozen in about 10 minutes, and I did not have water for that hike. Today when I got back to my truck, I enjoyed a Poweraide slushy. I always take a bottle of Poweraide, to drink when I get back to the truck, and it was partially frozen.
Enough chatter, here are some pictures from my hike:
I love to hike, no matter the weather, except for if it there is lightning around. It does not matter how hot, or how cold, or if it is raining or snowing. The most important thing to remember is to be prepared for whatever comes, and make sure you have enough water, In very cold weather, I fill my hydropack with hot water, and cover the tube with socks and keep the end under my coat. One thing I do when I hike, is take a bag with me to pick up trash.
Here are some of the pictures I took on some of my hikes.
Waterfall on a watershed. There are 2 creeks that meet at the top of this waterfall, one straight back, and one coming from the right.
Here are some pictures of ice formed coming up from the ground.
This was for all those that would like to see the cold weather sights, from the warmth of their house.
My favorite place, in my area, is Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. It lies in the rolling hills, on highway 68, going from Harrodsburg Kentucky to Lexington. Part of their property is on the Kentucky River, where they have a paddle boat you can ride. They have 14 trails, 37.5 miles of beautiful scenery, wonderful sounds and smells, and diverse wildlife. There are miles of stone fences, and old mill sites, and waterfalls, and creeks.
Hiking the trails is free, but donations are encouraged to defer the cost of the trail maintenance. The Preserve is open daily, sunrise to sunset.All trail users are required to sign a property usage waiver. (You can do this at the Trustees House.)
They also have wonderful events, and programs going on all year long, like the Chamber music of the Bluegrass, (which some of the concerts are held in the event barn, where you will hear the quail and other wildlife chime in with the music.) You can learn about bees and honey production. There are many wildlife programs, and craft fairs. There is the Craft Brews and Bands event, and so many more exciting things to see and do. Something for everyone!