One Wet Nature Hike

The weather report for Madison Indiana stated clouds all day maybe some lightning and thunder but there was no little raindrops coming down from the clouds and it was supposed to be warmer than yesterday. That was good, we had planned for a cold windy hike on Friday with Mary Beth but had left most of our coldest weather clothes at home. We ate our breakfast, packed our lunch, dressed in several layers and headed down to the car. There was a sprinkle trickling down from the sky which surprised me we weren’t exactly dressed waterproof. I was a little scared of being cold and wet all day. We planted a car at the beginning and end of the trail because it wasn’t a round trip or big-circle hike, and then we headed down to the river. Not too far down the trail was a watch tower where we got a glimpse of the Ohio River and Kentucky.

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The excited kids (except Eve) kept pretty far ahead of us until we got to the creek bed. Most of the hike was meandering back and forth across the creek bed.

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The kids found so many fossils and cool rocks.

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They also found clay that they were working over in their hands.

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It never did stop raining and throughout the hike the rain gradually picked up. We were all pretty soaked but as long as we were moving we were warm enough.

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It was only three miles but with the rain and very slippery rocks that required careful steps as well as the multiple times we crossed the stream the kids were quite tired our progress had been slow. There was even a few tears about being cold. We finished right about lunch time which was perfect and shortly after we made it to shelter the raining stopped. Although we were freezing we shed our wettest layers Which helped a lot. After the hike and lunch we checked out the Nature Center. The kids loved it and I snuck in a few pictures.

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I had received a text from Stephanie about an Ultrasound with heartbreaking news her little sprout #5 has gone to heaven. We do not understand why all of this is happening (4 losses in a row all from very different reasons) we would appreciate prayer for her and her family.
We got done at the Nature center at 4:00pm and decided to cross over into Kentucky before heading to our hotel. It didn’t seem right to look at it across the river then not go there. We didn’t stay long but we have been to Kentucky now.

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We got back to our hotel. We could smell the crockpot lasagna as we came up the stairs. We peeled off our wet clothes and climbed into nice warm, dry clothes. Then enjoyed the old fall Zim’s Hotsprings special.

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We ate until we were full then pulled out the flux deck. Chad attempted to teach us flux. With 5 new players and only one who knew what he was doing it was slow paced and not as fun as it could have been but by the third game we were getting it.
We kind of said good bye to Michael and Kristen tonight but we are hoping to go to breakfast with them in the morning before setting in for the 7 1/2 hour drive back to Neenah.
This six days off has gone by too fast. We will be quite sad to leave.

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