Autumn is a second spring when every leaf’s a flower.
–Albert Camus

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Old Man’s Cave

What do you imagine when you hear the word “cave” ?  To me, it’s an area that’s in the earth that you enter via a hole in the ground or a “door” and typically it’s a dark and scary place.  With bats.  Well, I guess my definition is too narrow because Old Man’s Cave in Hocking Hills State Park is a “cave,” but it’s really just an wide shelter that’s been wedged into the mountain.  It’s huge and quite spectacular, not scary at all, and while there may be bats- I didn’t see any!  So continuing with our trek, here’s some of the sun rays, dried up waterfalls, crazy looking tree roots, and reflections I saw on the way to the cave.  Oh, and yes… some shots of the cave as well.

 

 

 

the stone lodge trail

So, now for my final post of photos from last weekend…  It really was quite the productive togging weekend between the supermoon and birds and camping so all i “had” to do was eat and click.  This set is from the bit of hiking I did on the Stone Lodge Trail behind the visitor center at Keystone Lake State Park.  For as many times as I’ve been to this park, either for day trips or to camp, I’m really surprised I’ve never wondered around on this path.  Like most Western Pennsylvania trails, it’s listed as light to moderate after a “short incline” at the beginning.  HA! says the midwestern girl (read flat flat flat farm land girl). After a short (ie HALF the trail!) steep incline followed by a shallow incline and then a sudden decline at the end… ok, so maybe I’m exaggerating.  Just want y’all to know that light to moderate by Pennsylvania standards is EXTREMELY STRENUOUS by Illinois standards 🙂  but you  know… it sure is purty out here!