The rain left the trails dampened, but our legs were feeling a little better so we decided to tackle the trails again. Red Springs trail is half easy, half rugged. The easy stretch winds through the Hornbeam Nature Preserve along Whitewater Lake not far from the dam, a beautiful stretch filled with a variety of trees. The rugged half descends past large seep springs that gush from the hillsides, their red color resulting from minerals and iron deposits. I opted to return to our car via the easy trail, beating the rest by about 25 minutes.
A gorgeous sunset over Brookville Lake capped our third day, along with a moon in the clear sky approaching the full phase.
Rain on the last morning scratched our last day of hiking, much to the unspoken delight of the tired elders. But our days in Indiana’s nature proved refreshing indeed.
Jim Bailey’s column appears on Thursday. He can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.