Hiking season is back!

With spring having sprung, and my first backpacking trip complete, things are starting to pick up. Look for the next posts about our trip to the Deam Wilderness in the Hoosier National Forest and a report on the Peninsula Trail, located within, to be up soon!


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Kermode: rare north american bear

A very rare subspecies of black bear, the Kermode, is north America’s rarest. Check out all the great info and a live web cam of a Kermode den @ http://bcspiritbear.com/

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Snow Birds

A few Robins playing in the snow near home.

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Mount Merrell

Another three inches of snow, on top of the old six,  provided the piled snow for our back yard climbing adventure, thanks to the plowing of the parking lot.

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Help Facebook help the AT

If your a Facebook user you could help Appalachian Trail Conservancy recieve a one million dollar donation from Chase. All you have to do is vote. Check the link below for details.


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Snow Day

Some photos of our hiking in the snowy conditions we had here in Indiana this season.

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Shawnee Lookout

Number of Trails:

3 nature trails


2008 Lawrenceberg Rd.

North Bend, OH 45052

39° 8’58.75″N 84°47’43.52″W

Observed Wildlife:

Whitetail deer, Grey and Fox squirrels, chipmunks, frogs, turtles, woodpeckers and various songbirds.


Shawnee Lookout is a small park of 1,421 acres that is a showcase of Ohio Valley history. The visitor center has several displays of archeological artifacts recovered from the sites original native inhabitants.  In addition, there are two historic buildings on the site, the Spring House school and log cabin, that feature live historical interpretations by park volunteers and rangers. The interior of the schoolhouse shows what education was like during the era. The log cabin shows the difficult life pioneers endured and has a well-maintained herb garden where visitors can see the flora that was grown at the time, clearly labled for identification.  The park also maintains 1,200 additional acres of wetlands, not accessible to park visitors because of it’s ecological value

Miami Fort Trail:

This hilly trail, at 1.4 miles long, is a tour of some of the regions historic settings. The trail follows the outer wall of what was once a wilderness fort overlooking the Ohio river. Several Native American burial mounds can be seen along the trail which also features a couple of scenic overlooks of verdant farmland and the Ohio river itself. The trail is hilly and somewhat challenging to new hikers but the rewards are worth all the effort and sweat.

Little Turtle Trail:

This trail is a 2 mile  nature trail.

Blue Jacket Trail:

1.3 mile nature trail.

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