On a walk along the upper trail at Old Mans Cave
a few weeks ago as we came back out off of the trail
at the upper falls we spotted this Great Blue Herron
standing near the water at the falls.
A visit to Rose Lake in the Hocking Hills state park
is not a new thing since my daughter and I hike the trail
from Old Mans Cave to Cedar Falls often.
Over the summer the goslings that were born there this
Spring have really grown.
They have lost their fluff now and there were only
three of them on our visit last week.
They are adapting to humans maybe a little too well
now. When they saw us they started swimming to shore.
Maybe they were even looking for a hand out of
something to eat.
This one walked right up to me.
After receiving no hand outs of food they took
back out upon the lake.
There are many steps going down into Cedar Falls.
Walls of rock formations on all sides of the trails.
Trees and vegetation try to grow upon the rocks
fighting for soil.
There are a few small fish in the creek that runs
through the park from Old Mans Cave to Cedar Falls.
Wading and swimming is prohibited but on a hot
day who can resist a good splash or skipping a rock.
Hemlocks grow all throughout the parks.
Some of the gorge trail between Old Mans Cave
and Cedar Falls gets very roughed….
Halfway point along the trail and you may have
to step around or over a few logs along the trail.
Trees lean across the stream.