Winter hike 9 of 13 was brilliantly sunny, but cold. At least at 23 degrees, it was not a windy day. The Highbanks Metro Park trail for the day kept us mostly in the woods which up and down through and along the edges of ravines.
The trail was smooth, wide and thankfully snowless so our biggest challenge was the patches of ice that sometimes blended into the dirt and stones. One hiker behind us ended up flat on her back, giggling at least, like the kid in A Christmas Story.
While the majority of the hikes end in crock pots of soup, the finishing meal at Highbanks was a complete surprise today. We did not make it to this hike last year and did not realize that we would be greeted with pancakes and a toppings bar. There was much rejoicing!
The two teenagers hiking with us were ecstatic. One said, “This bowl of sprinkles is my breakfast!” She’s a tiny hummingbird fueled by sugar and good will. It was a decidedly satisfying end to our mileage.