Sunday, June 19, 2011

I'm Not Even Supposed to Be Here Today

I hadn't taken a zero day in over a week so instead of returning to Serpent Mound I decided that CAD would really enjoy the Hocking Hills. We took a lovely scenic ride through Kinnikinnick (the Stoner Indian word for marijuana), Adelphi, and Laurelville, arriving at our destination less than an hour later.
We visited all the high points, including Ash Cave and Cedar Falls, which I had seen last Monday. Old Man's Cave, Rock House, Conkle's Hollow, and the Cantwell Cliffs were all viewed by our discerning eyes.
Old Man's Cave seemed to be the group favorite. The place is named after Old Man Rowe, a former "Scooby Doo" villain who lived there with his hound dogs during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. A narrow gorge runs through the area, forming a variety of fantastic rock formations over the course of several hundred yards. The sandstone there provides for the unique geology, since the substance has a tendency to be porous in the middle and hard on the top and bottoms, leaving arches and overhangs galore after erosion.

Mom enjoyed House Rock, also known as Rock House. Colin suggested she should try some premium brands of crack before settling.
Duffy's least favorite part of Hocking Hills were the state park's restroom facilities. She spoke of them as "extermination chambers" and made some loud moaning noises when her situation drove her into their realm.
On the way home we stopped at TJ Maxx where mom kindly purchased some nylon underwear, which I will be trying out over the next several days. Connie says I am the only hiker ever to wear cotton boxers. I do so like being unusual even if it may cause me discomfort so cotton may be a hard habit for me to break.
I did several miles of walking on my "day off," but we won't count these on the trip odometer since they didn't propel me westward. I would complain, but I'd prefer to let you hear Dante's whine instead, he does it so well.

0 miles/728 total miles

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hey, I told you to get off those cotton boxers. Lethal, man.

Love, Dad