February Hike: Clear Creek Metro Park

It was a really gorgeous, sunny, not-that-cold-for-February day today.  Went to Clear Creek Metro Park for a hike to enjoy it.  According to the park’s website, Clear Creek Valley is “one of the most pristine and secluded natural areas in Central Ohio”.   I don’t know how, empirically, that claim would be measured, but I can say that we liked the hike very much.

We’ve had a lot of percipitation lately…2011 was record-breaking, and things have continued on that same moist path in 2012.  Maybe in part because of all of the rain, and since it’s been a fairly mild winter, and also because all of the deciduous trees are bare this time of year, but there was a lot of really eye-catching moss along the trails.

The ferns and moss really pop, no?  And this was no wimpy, flat little moss.  It was all fluffy and springy and thick and wild.  For moss.

Primordial moss!

We hiked a little over 4 miles.   Parts of that were really hilly and left me puffing.  And grinning as I took in the blue sky and the sunshine.

Oooh, and?  On the drive, we came across a really fabulous old farmhouse which may or may not be for sale.  It had an auction sign outside, and when we looked it up online, it seems that the auction was in December and the minimum didn’t get met.  So maybe it’s still available?  31 acres and a big old farmhouse?  Yes, please!!!  This is the stuff of serious, major, hardcore daydreaming.


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