It was warmer and mostly dry this week, so today I took the opportunity to enjoy the turn of weather and hike one of the trails around here. There's quite a few places to choose from with some good scenery, but I like going to Sycamore Land Trust sites because the majority of them are made up of land other people have willed to the trust solely for the purposes of hiking and enjoying nature. The preserve itself used to be used as a trash dump, and you can still see reminders of what it was used for before it was given to the trust. Also in the preserve and most of southern Indiana are several sinkholes, as a result of rainwater combining with elements in the soil, becoming slightly acidic and eating away at the layers of limestone this part of the state is situated on.
I've been to this particular preserve before, but I've only taken the shorter path. This time I went around and did the full loop.
Most evidence of the lands' previous use are plastic products and rusted scarp metals, but there are a few things here and there that have also survived over the years
Old cemetery that was marked on the map. Only two of the gravestones still had legible writing.
"JEAN ZINC DECEST THIS DAY OF APRIL 1828(?) AGED 70(?)"
"ELISEBETH ZINC DECEST MARCH YEAR 1818 BOARN MARCH 11 1776"
Following the trail towards the lakes and up into the hills. I get a real STALKER type vibe coming here, from the strange geography and scraps of garbage and refuse piled up in the more open areas. A lot of the dead vegetation all falls in the same direction, giving the appearance that some sort of nuke went of and leveled them all.
More pics to come