By Stephen D. Bowling
I had the opportunity to hike twice in February. Team Heron headed into the woods on February 11-12, and teams Sheltowee and Yahoo ventured out on the weekend of February 17-19. Each hike was different. A massive rain storm presented challenges that the Heron Team did not have to manage. On the other hand, Sheltowee and Yahoo did not have to cross Horse Lick Creek. It all balances out in the end. Here are a few images of people and places along the way.
Team Heron- February 11-12, 2023
The weekend was cool and dry, with plenty of sunshine. The creek was low, and many mud puddles were dry, making the Wildcat Road walk less complicated. Overall, it was an excellent weekend to be on the Sheltowee Trace- but every weekend is a great weekend to be on the Shelowee Trace.
Team Yahoo- February 18-19, 2023
What a difference a week can make. Between hikes, nearly four inches of rain fell on Jackson and Laurel County in the week. River levels rose, and the crossing on Horse Lick Creek was more than 15 feet below water. A re-route was required. Down the hill from S-Tree Roads to Highway 89 and to the Lamero Bridge, let hikers experience a lovely 15-mile day on the asphalt. The views were nice, but the walking was tough. In the end, everyone made it to the Lamero Bridge and had a night of rest at the Livingston School and Depot. Trail magic from Pizza Hut and ice cream from the local gas station helped just a bit.
I had a great time hiking with my friends on Team Heron and meeting many new hikers on Team Yahoo and Sheltowee. I look forward to many more great hikes and lots of conversations with each of you in the coming months. Just think- you have already completed about 18% of the trail. November will be here before you know it- so enjoy each hike and every second on the trail. You are making great memories and seeing sights that you will carry in your mind and soul for the rest of your life.
© 2023 Stephen D. Bowling