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 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
It's funny how the mind works sometimes. A few words can create a certain impression in your mind, and you never challenge that assumption until later experience brings you back to reevaluate it. Last year, as I started exploring CVNP trails aside from the Towpath, I read that the Salt Run Trail, a 3.25-mile trail … Continue reading Salt Run
The crazy weather and my equally crazy schedule this summer have slowed my hiking progress a bit, leaving me with only Sundays for longer expeditions. And as last week wound down, I decided that I wanted to explore somewhere both new to me and yet so very familiar. To that end, I headed north to … Continue reading Field Trip
Being an independent architect, my best friend not only gets to work on a wide variety of projects, he also gets invited to look at unusual buildings. One of his clients recently invited him to a gathering at Richfield Heritage Preserve, an area that previously served as the estate of Jim Kirby (of the Kirby … Continue reading Richfield Heritage Preserve