Take A Hike

by Samantha Baker


After a while, I came across Miami’s bird bind. I’d seen it on a friend’s Snapchat story, but I’d never been myself. It's a really cute little place! Inside, there are bird identification charts and a white board for people to log what they see. It’s nice to sit in silence for a few minutes and let life move around you . Not super impressive, since it’s Ohio’s state bird, but I saw a cardinal! few miles around the city, but recently I started to venture out to the local trails. I’d been to the covered bridge once but hadn’t followed the trail a long way before turning back. I decided to change that. Saturday morning I headed out. The first place I stopped was the farmers market and picked up a chocolate croissant. From there, I started on my journey. Here are some of the highlights from that hike:

It was Sweetest day (which is a holiday I hadn’t heard of before this year), so someone had put leaves together and made a heart on the path. This was right at the start of the trail. Soon, I came across graffiti as I passed under a bridge. I know some people don’t like graffiti, and that it is technically illegal, but I like to see what people deem important enough to leave behind (and sometimes it’s pretty funny).


The entrance to the bird bind

After a while, I came across Miami’s bird bind. I’d seen it on a friend’s Snapchat story, but I’d never been myself. It's a really cute little place! Inside, there are bird identification charts and a whiteboard for people to log what they see. It’s nice to sit in silence for a few minutes and let life move around you. Not super impressive, since it’s Ohio’s state bird, but I saw a cardinal!


The deer who passed in front of me

Birds aren’t the only animals present on the trails. They’re not wildlife, but many people take their dogs out on the trails. If you go on a nice day, you’re bound to run into at least one. Apart from dogs, there are a ton of squirrels, of course, but if you’re careful you can also see some deer. They’ll get pretty close if you’re quiet, some even walked right in front of me.


I eventually came out at Peffer Park. It was nice to know where I was again after being in the woods for over an hour. At the end of my walk, I had done about 6 miles. I felt good, productive even, all for just having been on a walk. While just being out of the house already made me feel better, it was even nicer to be surrounded by other life and the beauty of Autumnal nature. This was just one possible path, there is a lot that can lead you all through Oxford.


If you’re someone who enjoys being outdoors, I can’t recommend going on a local hike enough! Now is a perfect time; the weather isn’t too hot or too cold and the leaves are all different colors. If you do go out, make sure to take a mask to protect yourself and others!


The trails around Oxford

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