Now back at the cabin just chill'in thinking about lunch and proud I have hike every hiking trail in the park in one stay.
Just finished dinner after an afternoon of napping, reading and just chill'in. One thing I will say about this place is the quiet. I really haven't noticed how much sound is bombarding me all the time at home, but here other than the heater kicking on, almost nothing. A bird flew into the vent for the bathroom fan a while back and it sounded like the world was ending....since I got use to the quiet. Also, without TV my body has quickly adjusted to "natures time" instead of TV time (going to bed when late night comes on). I also notice my mind going from not thinking about anything....then in a blink of an eye, it races back to 'real world' things like emails, news, things I need to do for work, ect ect come rushing back.....then I have to push those things aside and remind myself I'm on vacation. It's nice to be alone with your thoughts from time to time.
Might go back to the field behind the nature center in a bit for some star gazing.....another thing I can't do in the city...
Just got back from stargazing. Better than in the city, but only had good views of the south to western sections of the sky due to lights from Lebanon to the north and light clouds. Did positively identify orion (all of him including his sword), Taurus (thanks to the V shaped star formation), Cassiopeia (hard to miss the big w), the big dipper (visible even with the town lights) and Gemini. Also saw Mars. [thanks Google sky] Only stayed maybe 45 min or so because of the cold. Did see the eyes of an animal reflecting my headlamp. Guess a cat, raccoon or possum...moved like a cat, so my guess is a stray.
I am glad I came and when. The park was almost empty, other than parking areas I just saw 4 people on trails and only rangers in one of the other cabins, the rest empty. I am sure during the summer it is a madhouse, just the locals using the pool and playground alone, let alone the campers. Love the cabin...nicer than my house. Trails were OK but not very challenging even with me being out of shape. I probably like little Limestone Sink Trail the best, just for the sink and gnarled oak...made for good photographic subjects. Wish it just had more trails!