Monday, April 23, 2012

Taking a Hike


The view from the west pinnacle

Saturday morning it was rainy, overcast, and foggy...the perfect day to take a nature hike! I like to hike in this area called "The Pinnacles" in Berea. It's a 3 1/2 mile hiking path that gradually ascends to some of the most spectacular scenery in Kentucky. What made Saturday even better is that I knew hardly anyone would be there. For some reason, people don't like to hike in the rain. It should come as a surprise to none of my regular readers that I actually find that to be the most beautiful time to hike.

When I first entered the base of The Pinnacles, I was greeted by a very rambunctious yellow lab mix. I named him Socrates haha. He followed me literally everywhere...traveling step by step beside me on the entire 3 hour journey! He did concern me a couple of times by getting perilously close to the edge of some of the cliffs, but I'm sure he is a seasoned hiker.

The hike was simply amazing. The forest was was a very rich and lush green color throughout. The fog made the scenery absolutely breathtaking. It not only hovered in the tops of the pinnacles, but it also nestled in the lowland valleys, creating a view that I don't think I've ever experienced before. The sound of the raindrops hitting the treetops was something to behold as well. The fact that the birds were also singing at the top of their lungs made this experience every bit as powerful to the ears as it was to the eyes.

The hike cleared my senses and put me in an incredibly good mood for the rest of the day. Do you get a chance to nature hike very often? If so, what type of area do you hike to?

Here are some more pictures from Saturday's hike:


The fog added to the beauty in ways that I can't even begin to describe


I sat down and enjoyed this particular view for about 30 minutes


My new hiking buddy :-)

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  1. I think I have seen that dog every time I have hiked the pinnacle! Not even kidding... he usually greets me at the base and follows me for a good while.

    I love to hike the pinnacle as well as go hiking at Raven Run.

    I have gotten out of shape and gained some weight this last year and have not gone hiking as a result. My biggest fitness goal right now is to get back in shape enough to hike the pinnacle.

    My 19 year old niece is my exercise buddy (she is an exercise science major) and she too loves to hike the pinnacle. Actually she has only ever hiked it with me and she wants us to do it again soon as much as I do. She is going to help me achieve that goal of hiking it once again. I hope to reach that goal at some point this summer.

    There really is nothing better than hiking all the way to the top and then looking out at that view.

    Your post makes me even more determined to reach that goal!

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    1. You've hiked the Pinnacles? Small world! I hope you are able to reach your goal of hiking again soon :-)

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  2. I had a daily hike to the bog on Sunday, the first really sunny and warm spring day in Estonia this year... best way to take time off during the weekend!

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    1. Yes it's a great way to spend a weekend Anneliis most definitely :-)

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  3. What a gorgeous hike & a sweet companion to boot! My husband and I have been making our way to all of the Georgia state parks. One of our favorites is Black Rock Mountain state park, near the northeast corner of the state. It's pretty similar in topography and view to the Pinnacles. I love nature hikes!

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    1. Yes nature hikes are awesome! I'll bet that Georgia has some beautiful hiking places.

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  4. This is GORGEOUS K!

    I'm not a big hiker... but the golf course we frequent is up in the mountains and overlooks the valley... it is beautiful! I get my fix that way :)

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  5. Looks like you made a friend...so sweet. I don't hike actually but have always been intrigued about it. One day...

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  6. Your Saturday hike sounded just about perfect. A little bit of rain and fog, adds something mysterious to an other usual terrain.
    I live right beside The Peak District of England. A rollling terrain of outstanding natural beauty. The only thing missing right now is both free time and a break from heavy rain.
    Otherwise, a hike is on my To-Do list also:)

    http://www.peakdistrict.gov.uk

    Eileen

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    1. I just checked out the link - looks like a beautiful place ot hike Eileen.

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  7. Breathtaking views! I love your photos and your description of the hike. And how wonderful to have a sweet companion. Do you know if he lives nearby?

    We love the Peaks of Otter in Virginia. It's about an hour from where we live. The views are beautiful. This is a wonderful time of year to hike.

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    1. Well I have found out that apparently the sweet little dog is a regular there!

      The Peaks of Otter sound beautiful

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  8. Mmm, I felt like you took me on a hike with you through your words and photos. That scenery is killer. wow! I have been rain hiking before and it truly is a welcome overtaking of the senses. I can smell that forest now....sigh.

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  9. Oh I LOVE hiking! I usually don't go very far because the kids are always with me, and in our neck of the woods (don't know what Kentucky is like) we have a lot of wildlife to look out for. I'm not fond of being eaten by grizzlies, wolves, or mountain lions, so our hikes are done with great care. :) Next time I'm in the area (HA!) I'd love to go hike the Pinnacle with you!

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    1. We'll make it happen! I would love to hike out west and be able to see a mountain lion in person someday :-)

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    2. I've never seen one in person and I don't think I want to. Those bastards are skeeeeery!

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  10. I love hiking the Pinnacles! My husband and I have been all over it. :) We also love hiking to Anglin Falls and anywhere in North Carolina.

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    1. Yes Anglin Falls is beautiful! I love hiking there as well.

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  11. Keith,

    Thanks for sharing your weekend experience. I agree with you: I love hiking in the rain. The sound of rain upon the leaves takes me to another level of consciousness.

    The pictures you share exhort me to get into the California woods where Redwood trees abound. I swear, it looks like that dog has the beginnings of subtle smile. Hiking there, I would too.

    Have a great weekend!

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    1. Yes Pablo I would very much love to visit the Redwood National Forest someday. I need to add that to my bucket list part II

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  12. as always enjoyed your hike with you! I think I stayed drier... : )

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    1. I am glad that the pictures made it seem as though you were along with me - those pictures don't do the scenery justice by the way!

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  13. That's hilarious that doggy followed you. Great pictures! Looks incredible. I want to hike there! I live in the Pacific NW and your pictures kind of remind me of hikes here. I don't get out on hikes very often.. actually I think my last one was last summer. 2 miles uphill to "hidden" lakes. Pretty neat.

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    1. I would imagine that the forest of the Pacific NW are amazing to hike in.

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  14. Beautiful pictures! There is something magical about landscapes enveloped in fog. I love that the dog accompanied you. Ireland is great for hiking - plenty of rain and mist, too!

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    1. Yes this is the reason that Ireland is near the top of my "must visit" list :-)

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  15. How stunning! Your hiking chum is a cutie! :D

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  16. Nothing better than being outdoors! Love the pics :)

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  17. My dream is to hike the Appalachian Trail from Springer Mountain, GA to Maine. I have done legs of the AT; day hikes mostly in Virginia, Pennsylvania (up around the Delaware Water Gap) and the NJ/NY state line. I find hiking one of the most peaceful things I can do. We used to take our chihuahua, MoMo. and he was a good hiker!

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    1. Yes hiking the Appalachian Trail would be quite an amazing experience!

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  18. Wow, you took some beautiful photos! You should link them up to sharing sites :) I love walking in nature. There are many trails in the NY country area, and some right in my hometown! I'll probably take some photos and share them next time I hike. Glad you enjoyed it! :)

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    1. I may look to link some of them up, I've never done that before I'll definitely look into that!

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  19. I will have to keep this spot in mind - I usually go out to the Gorge or Natural Bridge area to hike, but it's quite the drive to get there, which is almost defeating the point. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I have never been to the Gorge but I plan on going this summer for the first time.

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  20. This is so beautiful! :) and that little dog is super adorable

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    1. Thank you Karasyn! And yes I came close to adopting that dog haha

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  21. I'd rather be hiking. I'm very jealous of your scenery! I love fog! Oh the wonders of nature! What are men compared to rocks and mountains! And if your dog disappears, don't look at me! >.>

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    1. Yes great way of putting it Grace. What are men compared to rocks and mountains. And I completely agree about the fog - it adds to the beauty.

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  22. I'm sure your beautiful photos don't even do it justice. What an incredible place that must be to hike, or just to take it all in. I can understand why your senses were cleared after the experience. As you mentioned on my blog, the rain and fog only make it better!

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    1. It definitely is an icredible place to hike. I plan on going there many times this summer.

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  23. That dog is sooo cute! And the views are amazing. Living city-side it's hard to get out and about to nature like that, when I go on holidays I make sure I do!! Enjoy it.

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  24. I LOVE to hike! Olympic National Rain forest, and a number of beautiful places in the Inland Northwest... By the way your photos are GORGEOUS! :) I love the fog as well. I also love sunny days and everything in-between (I find the contrast is what makes it all so great. :)
    PS. It's been a while since I got on this computer, and I think I chose a very nice place to get away; you have such a soothing writing style and I love it! Thanks a million! Corine :D

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    1. Thank you so much Corine as always for the kind words :-)

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  25. where did the dog come from?? Did he not belong to someone? That's so random to end up hiking with a dog!! Love that you nicknamed him Socrates though.

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    1. Well from what I gather he's always there accompanying the hikers, according to an earlier commenter on this blog. I was tempted to take him though haha!

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  26. Looks like a great place to hike... Nice photos!

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  27. Looks like it was an incredible hike! There are plenty of places to hike in and near Tucson, but I definitely haven't taken advantage of them. I lived in Nashville for several years and I do miss the green and the mist that you get in that part of the country!

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    1. Yes I would definitely think that Tucson would have some very scenic areas in which to hike.

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  28. Forgot to mention ... I hiked the "Camino de Santiago" pilgrimage in Spain a few years ago and it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. If you haven't done it, you should definitely look into it!

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  29. Hiking is one of my favorite hobbies! Once I graduated and moved back home, however, I kind of stopped. Mostly because there aren't any awesome places around here (that I know of) where I can go hiking. I've ALWAYS wanted to go hiking in the mountains of Tennessee! One of these days it'll happen :)

    Great photos! Your doggy is adorable!

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    1. Yes hiking in the mountains of Tennessee would be amazing - especially during Autumn!

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  30. I love your posts! The photos are gorgeous too. xxx

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  31. Well Keith this looks a great place to clear your head ( or even get a little dizzy ) and I like to walk here in the Scottish Highlands. It is so nice to be adopted by a dog. When I go down to Findhorn bay and the beach an old collie usually appears and we always have a game of stone throwing and retrieving. It's a nice connection

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    1. Yes it is a nice connection sir. I would most definitely love to hike the Scottish Highlands someday! I'm envious.

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  32. The photos are beautiful! And that dog is so cute! I don't get to hike often, but I do enjoy regular walks around lakes when the weather is nice. We are the land of 10,000 lakes so there are plenty nearby!

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    1. Yes I would love to hike in Minnesota someday!

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  33. Wow Keith, being able to hike like that makes you a privileged man. In Belgium, we have few forests left. At least not in my neighborhood to say the least. More of a city person myself too, but used to go out and camping with my dad when I was a young boy. Good times, been too long actually, should do another hike & camp soon! Thanks for reminding me!

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    1. No problem Stephane and thank you for contributing!

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  34. I lived in Berea for years & I've never been. What a beautiful view? My friends go all the time. I think I'll have to go this summer. Looks like fun & makes for some amazing pictures.

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    1. Yes Sandra it's definitely a must see for the next time you visit Berea!

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