This weekend, I undertook what can only be described as a creek-walk fail. Lack of camera is the only thing keeping my Sunday exploits from founding an outdoors tab on FailBlog.com. I took my girlfriend to Big Walnut Creek, just south of Hoover Reservoir, for an afternoon creek walk, something she enjoys. I thought I knew what I was getting into.

We had to blaze a path through poison ivy and entered at a very unsafe proximity from the dam. Then things got ugly. She navigated things fine -- even while holding a cup of coffee -- but I took a nasty spill. Legs cut and bruised. Arm cut. Pride shattered.

I will remedy this disaster soon, when we go to Three Creeks Metro Park, one of my favorite places in Ohio. This park holds the confluence of Big Walnut, Alum and Blacklick creeks, a mostly gentle water feature with flat bottoms, small riffles and easy access from a lovely wooded trail.

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About four wide paths lead to the water along the Confluence Trail, which runs through the woods and then connects with a paved Greenways lane. You could easily hop down, wade a bit and pop back onto land.

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When walking in a river, you should wear sturdy shoes with good, gripping soles. Polarized sunglasses can help you see rock beneath the surface. Always check the weather and posted signs to make sure water levels and quality are safe. When crossing a substantial flow, face upstream to help your balance.

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