Last summer Jeff and I made a goal to visit as many of Ohio’s waterfalls as possible as a way to keep busy, and have an excuse to get outside more often. Instead of sitting around feeling like there were too many options of what do with our summer “Let’s go find a waterfall” became our weekend go-to. It was awesome! We obviously didn’t visit them all but we hit enough of them near us that it probably wouldn’t make much sense to make the same goal again this year even though I definitely want to visit a few over again.
I recently had the itch to go hiking. I had been bugging Jeff to go but it just kept falling to the wayside. …Probably because I don’t have the best hiking reputation. Walking around the woods with my dad? Totally cool. I love it. But the hikes Jeff and I took always led to me pouting about being tired and hot. We would start off having fun then I’d start complaining. I don’t know what the heck my problem was but getting a Fitbit changed everything. I went from hating walking to trying to find every excuse to walk places. It sounds likes I’m exaggerating but I promise I’m not, that thing changed my life. I even said the other day “remember when I hated walking?” and we both got a good laugh out of it because it seems so incredibly silly now. I’ve since upgraded to an apple watch but still watch my step count fairly closely. Honestly, that’s really embarrassing to admit that I ever didn’t like taking walks. I only bring it up because I did a complete 180!
After finally convincing Jeff it’d be fun and I wouldn’t be a whiner, we headed to Nelson Ledges. Neither of us had been there before and it ended up being one of the most fun hikes we’ve taken together. It is BEAUTIFUL there! We didn’t follow any particular trail but wandered around as we pleased. We wiggled our way through tight crevices, and peeked over the edges of tall ledges. After such a long, dull winter it was so wonderful to see so much color. It hadn’t rained recently but the lush moss was dripping. I want to describe it as moist but that’s kind of gross, right? I hate dampness but it was damp in a good way, if that’s possible. Like somewhere in a fairy tale. Everything was so bright, and green! It was a great peek at spring. When I look at these photos I feel like I can smell the freshness of the new season.
Super duper into taking ghost shots right now!
So maybe there aren’t enough waterfalls left to make that 2017’s summer goal but there are certainly enough magical places to hike! I wanna hunt down all the best ones and cross them off my list one by one.