Happy Independence Day, America! While most of the country was at parades, we went hiking! (How else should we spend a day off work?!)
After looking at the weather, we decided it would be safe to try a short hike. The temperatures this week are MUCH cooler than last week. We didn't think we would get rained on too much and not for long if it did rain. We did prepare for the rain with our rain gear and water-proof hiking boots.
We got to Babler State Park mid-morning. We had checked out the trails online first and knew that the longest one we would tackle would be 2 miles, so the late start was not a problem.
We stopped by the visitors' center and got recommendation of the Dogwood Trail. It has a spring on a short spur trail, so that sounded right up our alley. By the time we got out of the visitors' center, it was drizzling. By the time we got to the trail head, it was RAINING. We put on our gear, grabbed our packs and headed out anyway. We enjoy hiking in the rain! It is usually quiet and we rarely see other people when it rains. This proved true of the Dogwood Trail today.
I didn't get to take a ton of pictures because of the rain, but the ones I did take were pretty good. The trail itself was very easy and very well marked. The rain made things shiny (and slippery).
We had a good time getting some mud on our boots. Ha!
The spring on the spur trail is really beautiful. The rain made it more so, I think.
The hike was over before we knew it. Even though we were wet, this hike didn't disappoint. I would recommend it for an easy day hike.
To see more pictures and video of the Dogwood Trail, check out our YouTube video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?edit=vd&v=AqnTFGBuQeY
Kay and Matt enjoy hiking all over the USA. We have a YouTube Channel to video our adventures, this blog, and we are working on building an app to allow others to go on adventures too.