I'm not a fan of Halloween. Haunted houses and horror flicks have no appeal for me, and I don't much care for the spooky or the scary. At this time of year, though, when Nature turns its energies to letting go and turning inward, I can embrace the ancient idea of the Otherworld, separated from … Continue reading Nelson-Kennedy Ledges
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!
Since I discovered the ledge trails in northeast Ohio, I have slowly been working my way through the list. And since I have already visited Worden's Ledges in Hinckley Reservation (twice!), I thought it was time to check out Hinckley's other ledge trail: Whipp's Ledges. Whipp's Ledges feature the same sandstone outcroppings formed when this … Continue reading Whipp’s Ledges
For over 45 years of my life, I remained unaware of much of my home state's geological history. Sure, my 7th-grade history class covered how the glaciers advanced to the Terminal Moraine and retreated at the end of the Ice Age, scouring the landscape to flat fields in northwest Ohio and to ridges and valleys … Continue reading Worden’s Wonders
Fall colors are nearly at their peak around here, and since my hiking buddy decided to abandon me for the weekend, I decided to head out on my own and explore a couple places in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park that I've never visited before. I left home way too early and arrived at Virginia … Continue reading Back in the CVNP
Our second Spree hike for the day took us a little further north to Twinsburg and Liberty Park. I've been looking forward to exploring the Ledges Trail here based on photos I've seen of the ledges in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park: dramatic outcroppings of layered sandstone covered with mosses and looming above hiking trails. … Continue reading Living Ledges