Today, Marie and I chose to go on a ten-mile hike from Clifton Springs gorge to Yellow Springs. We began at Clifton Mill, which included this covered bridge.
Then we followed the gorge for a few miles. Ohio has a few places with limestone cliffs like this, and I hadn't seen this one. It's near, but not directly on the NCT.
A few more miles in the middle through woods and a couple of fields, and we reached Yellow Springs. The town was named for these water features, which were considered medicinal in the 19th century. The water is still safe to drink and was icy cold. This was great, because it turned into a very hot day. Soon after this we joined the North Country Trail and took it into the town where we had time to buy more cold drinks before the bus came.
In the evening, Bart Smith was our speaker. He is a photographer who has hiked all eleven National Scenic Trails, which includes, of course, the NCT. I had previously met Bart, so it was great to see him again. This is the first conference which three end-to-enders have ever attended.
There was also a fund-raising auction and the passing of the torch to Michigan, which will host next year's conference.
Now Marie and I have to say our goodbyes. She has to leave at the crack of dawn. Sigh. But it was a great week.
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