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Oak Hill Trail

Recently revisited a trail that we haven’t been on in years. It’s in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and is in the Oak Hill Day Use area. The inner trail is an easy trail, only 1.8 miles and an elevation change of 50 feet. It interweaves with another, more difficult trail called the Plateau Trail (4.9 miles, 200 feet elevation change.)

We did a little of both. Our first loop on the Plateau Trail took us to Meadowedge Pond. You can see where the pond used to end – where the tall grasses are. Somebody (beavers, likely) built a new little dam, extending the pond a little. You can see just a little of the dam in the lower right corner of the photo.

Meadowedge Pond, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio

Meadowedge Pond, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio

Although it is not a challenging trail, it has many beautiful passages – such as this little footbridge over a tiny ravine.

Footbridge on the Oak Hill Trail, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio

Footbridge on the Oak Hill Trail, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio

Check out this fallen tree – suspended in the air.

Good Catch

Good Catch

I am looking forward to going back and exploring more of the Plateau loops.


My, How You Have Grown

This is the same tree that I wrote about last year.  It is much taller and more full of leaves than before; it completely obscures the view from  my bedroom window.  What is particularly perplexing about this is the fact that I have lived in this house for 11 years, and this tree had been about the same size for all of that time.  Why did it change so much this year?

Japanese Maple

Japanese Maple

When I’m not watching trees grow, I create glass lamwork beads. Check them out at Etsy or my Spawn of Flame website.


Walking the Dog – Chapter 1 – The Picture Tree

One of northeast Ohio’s best kept secrets is the incredible hiking locations that are here. One of my favorite places to hike is the Cleveland Metroparks, and in particular Hinckley Reservation. This fact is no secret to anybody that has read my blog in the past year. It is a fabulous place, no matter what season, and there is hiking suitable for anyone.

Hinckley Lake Loop Trail

On this day, we hiked around the reservoir on the Hinckley Lake Loop Trail, a trail with gentle hills of about 3 and a half miles. It is my dog, Spike’s favorite place to hike, which also is no secret. Why? Because no matter what hike – that is her current favorite place ever.

The Picture Tree

The Picture Tree

Spike doesn’t look very happy in this photo, because like almost everyone that I know, when she poses for the camera she puts on “camera face”. She is also none too happy about sitting for this shot anyway, maybe it has something to do with the steep drop off behind her. Or then again, maybe it’s because she has to take time out of her trail exploration to sit. Remember, I’m talking about the dog here, not my daughter. The daughter was enthusiastic about the photo shoot.

I’ll post a picture of both of them tomorrow that shows the dog in a little more happy mood.

We almost always take a picture of someone in the hollow of this tree when we walk this particular trail. Does anybody else have a spot that is a family favorite for posing?

When I am not hiking, I make beads. Check them out at Etsy or my Spawn of Flame website.


Elusive Bird

hinckley reservoirRecently, we hiked around the reservoir at Hinckley Reservation. All summer long, I have had a quest to photograph this white bird, but all summer long, the bird was too far away to get a good picture.

On this occasion, Bird was actually quite close to the shore, but, surprise!, I did not have my camera with me. I did have my camera phone with me, so if you inspect the picture real close, there are a couple of pixels of white that represent the bird – my holy grail of photos.

Wow! Think what a zoom, better optics, and a bigger photo would have been like.

I really should know better. This is the second time I have been empty handed of my camera on this particular trail. If I had brought my camera on the trail on the day of the lunar eclipse, I would have had the shot of a lifetime. Yeah, well, in theory anyway. The other part of the story on that day? I had left the camera on the picnic table when we decided to walk the trail.

When I am not hiking, I make beads. Check them out at Etsy or my Spawn of Flame website.