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
I've been home from my Scottish holiday for four months now, but it has become a part of my daily life. In the morning, I enjoy a cup or two of one of the Scottish breakfast teas I brought home. When I bake, I get inspired by the flavors and delicious treats I sampled all … Continue reading My Heart’s In the Highlands
It is the duty of every citizen, for his own welfare, if for no other patriotic reason, to support and fight for and possibly initiate measures having to do with conservation of soil, water, and forests. (Louis Bromfield) The name Louis Bromfield might not ring any bells for you. To be honest, I only started … Continue reading Malabar Farm
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!
For years, I've wanted to watch a meteor shower. Given how often I wake up in the wee hours to start my baking, you'd think I would have had no problem in achieving that dream long ago. But my attempts to watch the Perseids have, for several years, been thwarted by that same baking schedule … Continue reading Geneva State Park
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
As you might have gathered, I fully support the concept of metroparks, areas of green space scattered throughout metropolitan areas, both to preserve natural beauties and vibrant ecosystems and to provide recreational spaces for local inhabitants. Most of my metropark explorations have been in the Summit Metro Parks and the southern areas of the Cleveland … Continue reading Mill Creek Park