Last fall my family acquired a little piece of Southern Ohio near Wayne National Forest. A quiet retreat that serves as an escape from work for my mom, a place for my brother to go climbing and a getaway from city living for us. Ever since I've been eager to take Kris and Fenrir there to go exploring - this weekend we finally made the drive.
When we arrived we were greeted with our secluded, red roofed, 170 square foot cabin. The cabin is placed between two hills, with a stream flowing along the side. We stood and basked in the quietness of the woods, the peacefulness is unparalleled. The cabin is pretty minimalist but it was more than enough to suit our needs for the weekend. We set some of our things on the porch and immediately headed out to explore.
Since we were short on time our main objective for this trip was to map out the existing trails on the property. I had downloaded Backcountry Navigator prior to the trip to help up with this task. Using the app we were able to pinpoint key landmarks - such as the two caves in the back of the property and a few scenic spots for future campsites. It also tracked the distance and elevation of each trail. As we explored we were already planning out how to connect and clean up the trails. With a little bit of work it would make a great training ground for future backpacking trips. Our excitement grew with all the possibilities this place has to offer.
During this trip we also had the opportunity to try out some new gear we had acquired in the past few months. One of the ones we were particularly excited about was our MSR Pocket Rocket and our MSR Trail Lite Duo cookware. We picked these because of their perfect mix of affordability, light weight, and functionality. What better meal to prepare than an old favorite of ours: Ramen Noodles!
If anyone got the most of our trip it was definitely Fenrir. It was great to see him roam free while we hiked around the property. During various moments he made us feel out of shape by racing ahead and having to stop and wait for us to catch up. Living in the city, he doesn't get to be outside off leash very often so it was nice to let him be a dog the whole weekend. These hills were no match for Fenrir the Dog!
This is only the first of many future visits to our new home away home. There are many projects we are looking forward to getting started and can't wait to continue to share our progress!