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Hike and Talk Nature Writing at Chestnut Ridge (moderate, hilly)

“All things human begin with words,” wrote David Rains Wallace, the John Burroughs Medal-winning author of The Klamath Knot. Early in his career, Wallace spent time working for the Columbus Metro Parks and collecting material for Idle Weeds: the Life of a Sandstone Ridge. The book was based on a year of observing the nature of Chestnut Ridge, a sandstone outcropping near Columbus that is now known as Chestnut Ridge Metro Park.
We’ll revisit the home of Wallace’s early muse and hike about two miles up and down this ridge, which is considered by many to be the first ridge in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Along the way, we’ll read from Idle Weeds and discuss the nature writer’s craft.
The hike will be led by Randy Edwards of The Nature Conservancy’s staff in Ohio. Randy writes about nature for the Conservancy and is a former environmental journalist for the Columbus Dispatch. He contributes stories about nature to Ohio Magazine and generally likes to talk and hike.
Who can predict the weather on Nov. 10 in central Ohio? Whatever it may be, come prepared for it. We’ll hike in anything but a torrential downpour. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water.

Use the main park entrance on Winchester Road NW (see park map) and we'll meet at the parking lot near the beginning of the Ridge Trail.

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  • Cara I.

    It was my idea of a perfect day! Thanks Randy.

    November 10, 2012

  • Regina S.

    I really enjoyed this hike & we could not have had a better day for it !!!! I am very glad I went !!!!

    November 10, 2012

  • Tim d.

    Work in mental , things just can happen suddenly . Really wanted to walk and talk w/ good people
    Next time

    November 10, 2012

  • Randy E.

    Some of you have asked about dogs. As far as I can tell, Chestnut Ridge is not one of the parks that include pet-friendly trails. We'll have to schedule a hike at one of the pet friendly places in the future.

    November 10, 2012

  • Aleix

    I truly enjoyed Windows into the Earth by smith and Siegel.

    November 9, 2012

    • Regina S.

      Thank You Aleix I will look for it soon :)

      November 9, 2012

  • Regina S.

    Oddly enough even thoug I read a ton I havent read much nature related books. I am most deffinatly going to have to change that & Im sure I will get some great ides to start with tomarrow! Looking forward to it :)

    November 9, 2012

  • Tracy

    Anything John Krakauer...Into Thin Air, Into the Wild...Or I really liked A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson. Or how about the poem by Edgar Allen Poe, "The Raven."

    1 · November 8, 2012

    • Randy E.

      I loved both those Krakauer books and A Walk in the Woods. But my favorite Bill Bryson was Notes from a Small Island.

      November 8, 2012

    • Tracy

      I did not read that...Maybe I should. Also I don't know if the trail goes there. I will have to research that.

      November 8, 2012

  • Tracy

    Also...thinking of riding bikes by my house which is by the Alum creek trail if anyone is interested.

    November 8, 2012

    • Randy E.

      Does the Alum Creek trail go out to Chestnut Ridge, Tracy?

      November 8, 2012

  • Tracy

    I also really liked Clan of the Cave Bear stories!

    November 8, 2012

  • Randy E.

    just curious -- do any of you have any favorite books about nature -- or favorite nature writers?

    October 30, 2012

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