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Begins: Sep 22, 2011
Date: Sun, Oct 16th, 2011
Trip Distance: 43.0
Entry Visits: 512
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Ladybug's BT hike as of this dateI have hike 386.8 miles since my start date on September 22, 2011. 332.8 miles are those of the Buckeye Trail. Rather than detail what can be read in maps, I want to share with you just what my hike and the trail has been like for me. So far, in one word, magical. The trail follows blue blazes but are vicariously marked. In some areas, the blue blazes are easy to spot just like the AT. In other areas, I am glad that I have my Buckeye Trail Association maps. They are detailed and are shipped to me having been printed in different years. I am hoping that the difference in years means that that section of the trail has remained the same. I also carry a DeLorme Atlas map of OH and highlight the BT. Between the two maps, blue blazes and my compass, I have been able to stay on track. The trail conditions is a mix of very well maintained trail to a section in which I were a bear. The Paulding County section is thick with bushes so tall and prickly it gives bushwacking a whole new name. A machete would have helped. The BT is not skirt worthy. My legs would have been torn to shreds. I tried a skirt and nixxed it. The trail runs along the canal and is beautiful in scenery. Some of the towpath has many groundhog holes, while others areas have been worked on by the local boyscouts. There is road and highway hiking and even tunnel walk-thrus. I am hiking in harvest season and the farmers are now combining the soybeans. The corn will have a few more weeks before being combined. I hiked by a popcorn factory and a local farmer handed me a huge bag of kernels. I was a guest at a trail angel's house in Minster, OH and for the first time in my life, I touched a purple heart. This man's Uncle died saving another soldier. The Uncle was also one of seven brothers serving in the military at the same time in the 1950's. The scenery in OH is beautiful....wildflowers, farms, vast expanses of farmland, elk, black squirrels, acorns, colorful trees, ever-changing skies, and horse farms. The people in OH are, as I expected, nothing other than friendly. I will journal again as my time allows. The thing I love the most? BLUE BLAZES!
Ohio, As Seen Through The Eyes Of Ladybug
" Second only to the love of my family, I am most content when I am alone in the wilderness."
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