scarce o’ fat

Thank you so much for being so supportive during my little hiatus. It opened up just enough free time in my schedule for me to check off some big ‘uns on my to-do list, and now I feel like I have a much better grasp on life. I even managed to seriously kick some ass on my school work on Saturday which left yesterday open to do a little bit of playing. Considering it was Earth Day, we figured it was only fitting we headed out and explored this awesome planet of ours.

We’ve been a little…obsessed…with discovering cool hikes in and around our area (all hopefully leading up to a thru hike of the Knobstone Trail). After a flipping through a few guidebooks, we decided to hit up Yellowwood State Forest, which is about 10 minutes outside of Bloomington and do the Scarce O’ Fat trail—named by the settlers of the area who thought growing food was particularly hard on the rocky hillsides. It was marked as a 4-1/2 mile, strenuous hike. Usually we’d like to do a bit more on day hikes, but we wanted to bring along the Puppyface and thanks to her bum hip, she doesn’t like doing much more than a few hours out on the trails.

I’m not sure I would call the hike “strenuous” really, but it was a nice little jaunt up-and-down the ravines of Southern Indiana. It also ran alongside the Tecumseh Trail for a bit, a 50 mile trail that we’d love to thru-hike in the future. They also run a marathon on it!

I love going on hikes close-to-home because it helps remind me just how beautiful and incredible the place we live is. I get so wrapped up in my to do list, Facebook, my blog, TV, work, and life that I tend to forget to just be mindful of the gift I have in this beautiful landscape. I feel so fortunate to get to live where I do. I know a lot of folks think Indiana is a flat, boring place, but I promise, that couldn’t be further from the truth (well, at least for Southern Indiana).

I’ve been a fan of Yellowwood since back in college when I used to drive over on nice days, pop a squat on the dam of Yellowwood Lake and study my heart out without being disturbed. No studying this time (I did that on Saturday!) but we did eat a nice little picnic lunch up on the dam.

I have an interesting idea for a hiking challenge for the rest of the year, but I’m not sure I’m ready to fully commit to another item on my plate.  We’ll see. For now, I’ll just enjoy these little spontaneous treks through our part of the country.

Happy Monday, friends!

P.S. Don’t forget to get your raffle tickets for the Sweat for the Cure raffle! Only two more days to get in on the fun. You know you want to win some awesome prizes (and help save lives).


  1. says

    YES! You literally hugged a tree on Earth Day. Love it!!
    It was pouring all day here yesterday, so I was stuck inside. Otherwise, I definitely would have been out on one of our local trails!
    Your photos are beautiful- and I agree- it’s SO nice to have trails so close to home. That’s something I never take for granted!
    Your feet look so cute in your Vibrams!

  2. says

    I’m so jealous you had nice weather on Earth Day! It was cold and rainy up here. Fortunately we took advantage of the beautiful weather we had on Saturday and took a walk outside!

    Glad you got a lot of schoolwork done on Saturday! Ted is enrolled in a Masters program through our work so he’s been working his tail off with regular work and school too. You are doing great!

    Also, there’s definitely nothing wrong with taking a short break. Sometimes you just need a breather!

  3. Alexandra says

    Hi there! While reading your latest blog post, I saw your leggings that you were wearing (when you are standing infront of the lake) and I wondered where you purchased them/brand. I am a plus sized petite girl and I have such problems finding workout gear! Please let me know. Thak you kindly. -Alexandra

    • Cassie says

      Hi Alexandra! They are just a pair of regular workout capris from Under Armour. They don’t sell that exact pair anymore, but I love all of their workout gear, so any of their stuff should work. Oh! And just so you know, I’m not petite (at all!), so I’m probably not the best suggestor of petite clothes. :)

    • Erika says

      Alexandra, I had good luck at Target. I’m on the edge of petite (5’4″ with short legs) and got my plus-size workout pants in their “activewear” section. They’re slightly more flared at the bottom than the ones Cassie is wearing but they’re black and comfy so they work for everything.

  4. Angie says

    I saw a lady today with a similar pair of shoes on. She said they were the most comfortable ever! I think I’m gonna have to invest in a pair :)

  5. says

    I love how you get your photos to look so fresh and light even in the forest! Mine always look dark and gloomy (but I guess that might be due to the fact that we don’t have actual sunlight here in WA, harr harr harr). Any tips?

    • Cassie says

      Shoot everything in manual mode! :) That way you can control how much light is coming into the camera. And even with that, if it isn’t a bright day, it can be hard to get the right shot.

  6. tabitha says

    hey I saw the picture of your dog on Google and your dog looks exactly like mine! we got her from the Winnipeg humane society and I was wondering if you knew what kind of dog yours is? we have been trying to figure it out for years!

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