Yesterday, we decided to get out of the house and stretch our legs. With little daylight, we decided we couldn't go too far away since it was only to be a day hike, so we settled on re-hiking Bell Smith Springs. We had hiked it once before in the blazing heat of the Midwestern summer, and it had been sort of a miserable, sweaty ordeal, so we wanted to revisit some of the cool features we had remembered from our first trip.
Despite the covid pandemic, 2020 was a pretty epic year for the Hoosier Hikers. In no particular order, here are a few of our favorite memories of 2020. Drum roll please... 1. Opening my email on a random January day to find out I received the Lilly grant, then absolutely losing my shit in excitement. 2. Our first covid hike to Hemlock Cliffs during the early week of March right before we got sent home to quarantine. We knew something was brewing, we just didn't know what we were in for. 3. Watching the salmon jump the falls at Russian River, then having the grizzly bear charge the bank and splash in to try to catch a quick dinner. 4. Watching my son comfort our 15 year old dog on our way to put her down, then breaking the tension when my husband kept taking wrong turns on "accident." 5. Sitting on Rainbow Peak in Anchorage after arriving in Alaska, a dream realized.