Tag: BTA

Reaching the Halfway Point—Part One

by guest blogger Bonnie Spencer   Part 2 October 2, 2017 This will be the fifth 10-percenter that CW and I have hiked together (a 10-percenter being roughly ten percent of the Buckeye Trail). Since we’ve already gone from the southwest corner of Ohio to the northeast corner, it seems as though we have hiked half the trail. However, we won’t actually reach the halfway mark in miles until sometime during the second week of this fall hike. We will be doing the Mogadore, Massillon, and Bowerston sections of the BT. Recently we mapped out …

Hiking Without Dad—Part Three

by guest blogger Bonnie Spencer   Part 1, Part 2 November 1, 2016 Day 10: Spencer Wildlife Area to SR 83 south of Litchfield (6.8 trail miles) We were eager to begin the last week of our hike. Our progress the previous two weeks left us with only 45 miles to complete. As always we were hoping for agreeable weather. In addition, we were looking forward to better seasonal color than we’d experienced so far. On our way to the clinic to drop Sugar off for her “vacation,” we stopped at Tim Horton’s to pick …

John, the Human Lightning Rod

April 17, 2013 We never know to what heights a friendship may take us . . . We were three days into our annual fall BTA (Buckeye Trail Association) backpacking trip. Children again–five strong–who still loved to hike and camp in the woods with our buddies. Our fall hikes take us off the BT into new territories. This year John was leading our little band of explorers on the North Country Trail through the Allegheny Mountains of northern Pennsylvania. This far into the journey, we explorers were noticeably tiring. The valleys and vistas were exquisite, …