I had a day off work last week, and visited Clifton Gorge Nature Preserve with a friend. Clifton Gorge is about an hour and a half from Cincinnati, in the town of Yellow Springs, Ohio. Pets are not permitted in the preserve, so Clancy sat this trip out and stayed home. I don't think he minded, as the heat is still a nuisance for him, and he's happy staying inside in the air conditioning and hanging out with Nate.
Clifton Gorge is a National Natural Landmark, and, according to the state website, it is "one of the finest examples of post-glacial canyon cutting." I can't really attest to this, as I don't remember a thing I learned in high school geology, but I can say that the Gorge is a beautiful place for a hike.
I think this is a case where pictures speak louder than words, so I just wanted to share a few of the pics I took at the Gorge as we hiked along the Rim Trail. The trail is not an easy one and, as usual, I had to be very careful so I didn't slip and end up falling down to the water below. But the walk was worth it, as the Gorge is definitely one of the most beautiful places I've visited so far. The sound of rushing water that accompanied the hike merely added to that natural beauty.
At one point along the trail, we came to this "slump-block cave." (I only know the type of cave because of a nearby sign.)
You couldn't have paid me to go in this cave anyway, but I still had to chuckle at the sign. It warned hikers to stay out of the cave, as it is home to bats and amphibians. They definitely didn't need to tell me twice. I am scared to death of bats and, as I freaked out a few years back when a bat decided to fly around inside my home, I would not want to invade their space. Fair is fair.
After a great hike, my friend and I headed to nearby Young's Jersey Dairy for lunch. Young's is a small, family-run dairy farm, and has some of the best ice cream I've ever tasted, as it is made right on the premises.
The ice cream is definitely tasty, but my favorite thing about Young's is the goats who call the farm home. The Young's folks provide feeding stations for the goats, and these guys are always ready for some food. While it is primarily intended for children, I couldn't resist joining in myself. What can I say, I love goats.
All in all, it was a great day filled with wonderful scenery, yummy food, and cute animals. It's hard to ask for much more than that.