Spring break started with a sunny 50 degrees on Friday, March 23. Saturday we got ice followed by 6 inches of snow. Sunday we drove down to McCormick’s Creek State Park in Spencer, Indiana, where they also had snow, but significantly less than we had.
We had reservations for two nights at the Canyon Inn so ROC could sit in front of the fireplace and read while SAC and I hiked.
Sunday afternoon we struck out on a short hike to the old Statehouse Quarry, then drove to Bloomington for dinner at Big Woods Brewery. They make some amazing burgers, and SAC enjoyed her Six Foot Blonde American blonde ale.
Monday we started with breakfast with the birds at the inn restaurant. Then SAC and I started out the first of our hikes for the day. We drove to the nature center and hiked Trail 8 (paved) until it connected with Trail 5 to Wolf Cave and Twin Bridges.
We saw lots of cold wildflowers, including these bloodroots…
…and some harbinger of spring.
The thrilling moment of that hike was when I spotted a Barred Owl fly to a roost. SAC managed some shots of it, even though it was pretty far away. Then it swooped silently off. We had been hearing an owl earlier, so it was nice to see it too.
We checked in on ROC and then headed back out on Trail 3. The creek was up and there was a hiker with an off-leash dog, so we turned around and went to the other end of Trail 3 before deciding we didn’t want to climb that many stairs, anyway!
We headed back to the Wolf Cave parking lot to pick up Trail 7. We hiked all of that and got rather muddy in the bottoms along the White River. The upper portions of that trail were carpeted with snow trilliums!
Then it was time for a late picnic lunch in the lounge, followed by Trail 9, which goes through the historic Peden Farm Site, where limestone foundations show the large barn and small house, and the springhouse has been restored.
After that we limped back to the inn for a late dinner at the restaurant, followed by reading and writing in the lounge (until it got too loud). The rain moved in while we were in the lounge.
The next day it was still raining, so we took a leisurely drive home. A short spring break but a fun one!