Having expanded my hiking horizons this year with all of my hiking goals, starting another SMP Spree this fall has opened my eyes to recognize how truly great the Summit Metro Parks are. For one thing, all the trails are well-marked and generally wide, well-traveled paths. That's not to say that they are perfectly groomed … Continue reading Spree Spirit
It's September! Which means fall in all its loveliness is just a couple weeks away -- and which also means it's time again for the annual Summit Metro Parks Fall Hiking Spree! I know, I didn't add the Spree to my hiking goals this year. I completed it last year, and while I had a … Continue reading Spree At Last!
While I've been busy picking away at my hiking goals for the year, I have also tried to get back to some of the parks and trails I enjoyed the first time around in order to discover them in a different season. And when I've been really lucky, I've been able to see them at … Continue reading Sunrises and Second Chances
I enjoyed last fall's Summit Metro Parks Fall Hiking Spree so much, getting to explore different trails and landscapes, that I made it a goal this year to finish exploring the rest of the trails in all of the parks. Today, I can check that goal off as completed! I started my day of hiking … Continue reading Reaching the Summit
Before my holiday in Scotland, I found myself wary of the "difficult" trails in my area. Knowing these trails might involve more than lots of hill-climbing, I hesitated to walk them without a buddy. My perspective shifted in Scotland. "Easy" walks there, like many sections of the Fife Coastal Path, could include long steady ascents, … Continue reading Sand Run Fun
Most of my hikes in the Cuyahoga Valley end up happening within the national park, but there are still plenty of trails within the Summit Metro Parks waiting for me to explore. That's why today I decided to tackle a few of those SMP hikes. After catching a glorious sunrise at Silver Creek Metro Park, … Continue reading Valley Adventures
Since I had the energy to continue hiking after starting the morning at Portage Lakes State Park, I decided to head to Firestone Metro Park to check off two more trails from my hiking goal list. The first trail, the Walking Course, is an exercise course laid out for seniors, with stations where they can … Continue reading Finishing Firestone