A Tale of Two Hiking Trips Part I - Turkey Run
Another long gap between posts. Life can be very boring when work takes over. To counteract that, I decided it was high time to see more of the state I have been living in for over half a year now. Unorganized and slightly lazy as I tend to be, I still haven't gotten around to buy a car, so I rented one for the weekend.
This meant of course that I had to make the most of these two days. I decided to visit to quite different spots, the first one I will talk about today. In the south-west of Indiana there is Turkey Run State Park, a nature reserve with ancient forests and deep ravines, just perfect for hiking.
As taking pictures was my main objective I opted to go alone, as I didn't want to ruin someone's day by stopping every few minutes to unpack my gear and spent some time trying to get the perfect shot. It also meant I had to be there early to get the good morning light, so I was on the road at 7 and at the park at 8 am, just as they were opening the parking lot.
First thing I saw after getting out of the car was this turkey vulture circling right above me and I know that it would be a good day.
So I shouldered my gear and started on the first trail that lead me to a suspension bridge over a river. Most of the hiking trails and the ravines are on the far side of it when you start at the parking lot, so I crossed over and headed into the forest.
This early in the morning, the river was still quiet and tranquil, which would change soon after, as loads of visitors would start to cool down in and around the it, as it was terribly hot that day. Temperatures got as high as about 93 degrees Fahrenheit, so about 34 degrees Celsius.
So I was very happy to spent the rest of the day under the cover of the trees and inside the ravines. The stone formations in Turkey Run are very beautiful indeed and there were far too many photo ops along the trails and I had to stop after every other corner.
Also, I spent quite a bit of time waiting for people to leave so I could take my pictures. Given the amazing weather, there was of course a lot of traffic on the trials.
The trials in the park differ greatly in difficulty and can actually be quite challenging, especially if you're laden down with way too much photo gear. Also, being afraid of heights can be a bit of a problem. I decided to NOT go down that way and rather take the long way around.
Of course my main interest these days is wildlife photography. It was not easy to actually get to see animals in the woods. There were just too many people and dogs about, and especially birds are crazy good at hiding up in the trees and singing mockingly down at desperate photographers. But I got a couple of good shots, so no complaints in the end.
In the end, I spent 8 hours hiking in the ravines. Luckily I had brought quite a bit of water, but in the end I was quite dehydrated nevertheless and extremely happy when I got back to the parking lot and was able to get more to drink. I had a really good time at Turkey run, took a lot of pictures. It is a beautiful place, and I have not yet seen all of it, so I will have to go back sometime soon. Maybe when it's not as crazily hot as it is right now.
I got home around 5 pm and was terribly exhausted. As I had another long day planned for Sunday, I actually was happy that the trip did not last longer. I would have liked to photograph a great sunset somewhere, but the heat did get to me and I just wanted to go to bed early.
If you want to see more pictures I took on this hike, click below!