Saturday, October 25, 2014
Hocking Hills State Park- Part Two
Yesterday the rain stopped, but it remained cool and overcast. However, we had a wonderful day and hardly gave much thought to the weather. Returning home that evening I discovered that I had taken close to 300 pictures! Part of my problem the whole day was that I could not figure out whether to concentrate my photography on the large rock formations, cliffs, fall colors, towering hemlocks and oaks, various ferns, or the last wildflowers of the year. We saw a lot of God's wonderful world, to put it simply. Ash Cave was our first stop, and we were surprised to find the parking lot almost full. The cave was given its name because of the large pile of ashes found here by early settlers. The pile, measuring l00 feet long, 3 feet deep and 30 feet wide, was believed to be the campfire ashes of Native Indians which had been built up over the years.
The deep gorge at Conkle's Hollow measures 100 feet wide at places. As we walked through the gorge we noticed the cliffs literally closing in on us, in other words, the gorge was becoming narrower. In the dark recesses of the gorge ferns and moss seem to take over. Many of them are draped over the slumps, or rocks which litter the valley floor. The boulders, as pictured below, once clung to the bedrock walls of the hollow. Our walk through the gorge ended at a large rock shelter similar to the one we had seen at Ash Cave, although it was not as massive.