There are many ledges in Northeast Ohio thanks to ancient glaciers. They pushed rocks along as they moved; when they melted, the rocks remained. We took advantage of freakish warm weather here in our January winter and hiked the local Top O Ledges, part of Hinckley Reservation.
The Ice Stopped Here
The dog was quite happy. He has spied… something.
I Spy with My Little Eyes
Here is another gratuitous ledge photo.
Overlooking a Ledge
Happy Birthday Spike!
Here is my old dog – her “birthday” is April 15 and she is 14 years old. We really don’t know her birthday since she came to us as a very young (and tiny) rescue dog; we assigned the date and have celebrated it each year.
When I found that the weekly photo challenge topic was Old, I immediately thought that I had to use her as the subject. She was less than cooperative, but at least I captured a couple of pictures that were not of her back end. That is what I usually get!
Spike - 14 Years!
Spike - Always on the Move
The temperature had warmed and much of the snow and ice had melted, so it seemed like a great day for a walk. Along with some moody fog, there was a fine mist of rain; but hey, it was only a fine mist… until 2 minutes into the walk.
I was attempting to frame this photo of Hinckley Reservoir when the heavens opened and poured rain upon us. I quickly snapped it and put the poor camera away. I love how it turned out!
It only poured for about 2 minutes and then settled back into the gentle mist for the remainder of the walk. Our timing could not have been worse!
Spike doesn’t mind the wetness, but apparently Genghis Khan (who has been remoikered Dinkus) is not so fond of it. He was almost constantly shaking the water off.
My dog Spike tries to pretend that my cat Opel does not exist. Despite that, the cat adores the dog. What they have in common is this: they share an intense love for clean laundry. Here they repose on some laundry that was clean before they found it, but is now dirty laundry.
Cat - Dog on Newly Dirty Laundry
Doesn’t everybody go hiking in the snow on Thanksgiving? Katie and I took Spike for a walk at Hinckley Lake. Here she is, in the car, anticipating the walk.
Spike Anticipating a Walk
Arriving at Hinkley Reservation
Surprisingly there were quite a few people hiking or running. One gentleman running by gleefully commented on what a glorious day that it was. It was indeed a beautiful day, starting out a little overcast …
Thanksgiving at Hinckley Reservation
Thanksgiving Hike at Hinckley Reservation
and ending with the sky clear and the sun out.
Blue Sky in Northeast Ohio
Read another series about hiking and walking the dog at Hinckley Reservation starting here.
Previously, I was talking the walk – here and here. Continuing, there are numerous bridle trails at Hinckley Reservation so this is a very welcome sign to see when navigating a trail on foot. There are several trails that pedestrians and equestrians share, and the riders and their horses are always good citizens, but still…
A Welcome Sign - No Horses
My dog might not be as elated, since there are no, um, horse remnants, to explore… but I like it much better since there are fewer things to step in (bad citizen dog owners notwithstanding).
Gratuitous Autumn View at Hinckley Lake
When I am not hiking, I make beads. Check them out at Etsy or my Spawn of Flame website.
Continuing my saga from yesterday, Hinckley Reservation contains a reservoir named amazingly enough Hinckley Lake. Naturally (or un-naturally) at one end of the reservoir is a dam with a spillway. At the base of the spillway is a small swimming area, and beyond that is a shallow stream. Together these areas are called (wait for it…) Spillway Pool Picnic area. I’m not making this up, here is the park map. In the summertime, this is a very popular picnic spot, but it is deserted this time of the year.
Hinckley Lake Spillway
Well, not totally deserted. We were there.
Shallow Stream at Hinckley Lake Spillway Picnic Area
My dog, Spike, loves walking in the water. As promised, here she is, sloshing through the water with my daughter, looking much happier than in yesterday’s photo.
When I am not hiking, I make beads. So does my daughter, but not the dog. Check them out at Etsy or my Spawn of Flame website.