We planned a local trip to Potato Creek State Park in North Liberty, Indiana in an effort to get people to take their camping gear out of storage and enjoy a beautiful spring weekend. Unfortunately Friday night the temperatures dipped down to a wintery 32 degrees! It was cold but we stayed toasty in our sleeping bags. (I have to admit, I was feeling under the weather so in the middle of the night I sat in my car and turned up the heat! lol ). It also seems to be a trend for my last few hikes. The last few were meant to be “Spring Tune-up” hikes but the cold weather persists in our area.
Saturday morning, after we finished our breakfast, we headed to the nature center where we met other Adventure Club members for a 6+ mile hike. It was mostly the standard hike with some off trail hiking as well. We started off at trail 1, over to trail 2, around trail 4 to the back half of trail 2 and the back half of trail 1. Along the way we saw the ospreys nesting, an osprey in flight and one of our members found an osprey feather. We went from a temperature of 32 degrees to around 70 degrees by the end of the hike. We went from freezing to sun burned!
Everyone returned to camp following the hike, and it’s the first for me, a Yoga class broke out! One of our Adventurers is a yoga instructor and a few others have taken Yoga classes. Afterwards, we got a fire going in the fire pit and everyone made some shish-kabobs that Craig Kimble was nice enough to supply the meat, onion, peppers, mushrooms and fixings. It sure beat the hot dogs that I brought! He also brought the ingredients for s’mores but with a twist. The s’mores were made with Lindt chocolate in various flavors such as my favorite, red chilli pepper.
After resting up a bit, I took a group out on another trail to find a geocache that was hidden by the Boy Scouts. Another member went on a trail run and others checked out some trails they had not been on yet.
My son and I were incredibly tired and achy from the cold, the hiking and from the shift in weather; we decided to break camp instead of staying over thru Sunday. That is the benefit, especially for beginners, of hiking locally. In the event something comes up, you are always close to home.
Don’t miss the opportunity to go on our next adventure to Turkey Run State Park (and Shades State Park)! You can check our past blogs to see the story and pictures from those trips:
Adventures at Turkey Run
Turkey Run State Park and Shades State Park
Below are some pictures submitted by some of the members who hiked. (Many thanks to Adidi Kelkar and Frank Bouchard)