It was a family affair when Hank, Evelynn, AND my husband Sherman accompanied me to the Seven Pillars Nature Preserve and landmark in Miami county recently.
The Seven Pillars preserve made for a lovely hike with two miles of trails covering a variety of terrain including forested uplands, stream beds, ravines, and open meadows. And the end of our journey promised a spectacular visual reward, the Seven Pillars of the Mississinewa Landmark.
It didn't take long, though, for ole Dad to get lost in the nearly 150 acre forest, leaving the kids and I (but mostly the kids) to frolic in the stream beds and swing from the branches.
Hank and Evelynn quickly found something to occupy their inner trapeze artists. This photo was taken shortly before shrieks of "Oh my gosh! Mom! We accidentally fell in!!" The definition of "accidentally" is still up for debate.
|You didn't know there were monkeys in Miami county, did you?|
|Jane, Tarzan, Jack and Cheetah from the Tarzan movies of the early 1930's|
|Wild grape vines can grow to over 30 feet long. Perfect for swinging!|
|However, what may LOOK perfect for practicing your best Tarzan moves, is probably not very reliable. Wild grape uses tendrils to grab onto branches or bark of other plants. Doesn't sound very swinging-safe to me!|
|Wild grapes are edible, but not very tasty. The sour, blackish-purple berries grow in clumps of about 20, and are ripe from August to October.|
|The famed Frances Slocum Trail passes along the top of the Seven Pillars formation. This remarkable natural formation has cultural and spiritual significance to the Miami Indians, who continue to gather on this site for councils and powwows. |