The Free Range Hikers have seen quite a few trails this month and a myriad of different weather conditions that coincide with your typical Midwest winter. We got out to see the natural cave formations on the Rock Shelter trail, muddy trails at Fort Harrison State Park, An awesome albeit unintended overnighter on the Three Lakes Trail followed by a 60 degree jaunt through the mud to some more epic views at Starved Rock in Oglesby, Illinois and an unexpected trail closure half way through the Mason Ridge Trail. Now we’re looking at a nice hike at Mississinewa up in north central Indiana for our last February 2016 hike that should put us around 40 trail miles for the month.
Since we’re looking at warmer temps in March and we’re finally starting to get ourselves accustomed to longer treks, we’ll likely be pulling more overnighters in the coming weeks. But we have more gear to test, more knowledge to pick up and more experiences to share along the way. Hopefully as the weather gets warmer and people start to come out of hibernation we’ll see some new faces in the Free Range Hiking community. After all, the goal of all of this is to get people to get out and enjoy the outdoors as much as we do.
The more people that learn to enjoy the journey and stop worrying so much about the destination, the happier we’ll all be.