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A Hike Off The Beaten Path

The other day my son and I set off to have an adventure. We always try to see something or do something that we normally don't see or do. This time we didn't want to travel to far from home. I had heard about a path that led from the White Bridge (450 E) clear through to the Crosby Bridge (Main St) on the north side of the Wabash River. It evidently had been used for years for hikers and mountain bikers to create some adventure in Bluffton, Indiana. Late winter before everything begins to grow is a great time to go exploring out in the woods. This trip did not disappoint on a warm February day. We made discoveries and had a true adventure. It was even fun to wave at people using the River Greenway from across the river. They may have thought we were lost or getting into trouble :) Wells County Trails and our community can learn from this path. Yes many people want amazing paved trails and we should always strive for those, but others in our community are looking for ways to experience adventure and nature in a more direct manner. It is as important to have these types of trails in our community. Paved trails serve one set of needs while the dirt trails serve another. While this adventure felt like it was off the beaten path it was actually on a beaten path made by many people who came there before us that wanted the same experience that we had that day.

Michael Lautzenheiser - Wells County Trails President

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