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The Suburbanite
  • Four Seasons: Winter hike at Hocking Hills nearing half-century mark

  • The 48th annual Winter Hike, which offers to its participants stunning scenery during the snow and ice season, will be Jan. 19 in Hocking Hills.

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  • The 48th annual Winter Hike, which offers to its participants stunning scenery during the snow and ice season, will be Jan. 19 in Hocking Hills.
    Some 6,000 hardy hikers are expected to come to Logan in Southeast Ohio to take in the spectacular frozen sights as they trek from Old Man’s Cave to Ash Cave. Hikers will start the 6-mile hike between 9 and 11 a.m. Hot bean soup will be served at Cedar Falls, which is considered the midway point of the hike.
    “So many people make New Year’s Resolutions that include getting in shape or enjoying life more, there’s nothing better than a Hocking Hills hiking getaway to help them achieve those goals,” said Hocking Hills Tourism Association Executive Director Karen Raymore. “Winter is a truly magical time in the Hills and with a little preparation, visitors will enjoy a dazzling winter wonderland marked by soaring cliffs and gorges and waterfalls that freeze into beautiful crystal formations.”
    Anticipating potential frigid temperatures during January, Hocking Hills Tourism Association offers these tips for winter hikers:
    •fourStay on the trail to avoid accidents.
    •Wear waterproof hiking boots that give good traction.
    •Wear multiple pairs of socks and bring extra dry ones.
    •Use trekking poles for stability.
    •Stay hydrated. Pack water in your backpack.
    •Cover your hands and face and wear insulated gloves.
    •Layer your clothes.
    •Know the weather forecast and trails.
    • Don't hike alone.
    Hocking Hills is 40 miles southeast of Columbus. For information, visit www.1800Hocking.com or call 800-462-5464.
    DATE TO REMEMBER
    FeLeap the Frog will turn 16 soon and Stark County Park District is celebrating the mascot’s special occasion with a birthday party from 1 to
    3 p.m. Jan. 5 at Exploration Gateway at Sippo Lake Park, 5712 12th St. NW in Perry Township. Reservations are required. Visit www.StarkParks.com or call 330-409-8096. The party is for children ages 4 to 7.
    It’s also, by association, the birthday of park volunteers who portray FeLeap, including Harry Medley of North Canton, Charles Nunley of Massillon, Candy Kunz of Canton, Michelle Husted of North Canton, Mary Daiger of Massillon, Karen Deitrick of Canton, Cynde McLaughlin of Canal Fulton, Suzanne Moore of Canton, and Shannon Noble of Canton. Stark Parks is recruiting additional FeLeap volunteers. Contact Cindy Zutavern, volunteer coordinator, at 330-409-8096 or visit the Stark Parks website.
    FOR THE BIRDS
    The Christmas Bird Count at The Wilderness Center will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 21, providing wildlife management officials with census data they can use to develop management plans.
    During the day-long count, teams of four to six volunteers cover sections of a 15-mile diameter circle surrounding the Center. To obtain information, contact Ben Morrison at 330-935-0398.
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    Boston Mills Ski Resort has seven trails, eight lifts, and two terrain parks on 40 skiable acres. Its sister facility, Brandywine Ski Resort, offers 11 trails, eight lifts, and two terrain parks on 48 skiable acres.