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Blue Hen Falls and Buttermilk Falls

We went on a hike today – one which we have not done for a long time – to see two waterfalls in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.   It is a very short hike to the first waterfalls, Blue Hen Falls and another mile to the second, Buttermilk Falls.

Blue Hen Falls is about 15 feet high; here is a view from the top.

Blue Hen Falls

Blue Hen Falls, Northeast Ohio

The trail was not quite what I remembered.  We had to cross the stream 3 times, I thought that only used to be once.  At one point, there was a lot of erosion, leaving the trail right at the edge of a drop off.  We decided to take an alternate path around that!

I took lots of pictures of mushrooms; I was bending over when Paul noticed some friends right next to us. This nest was right at my eye level; we were wondering how we did not bump into it! I don’t know if they were wasps or hornets…  We quickly left the area.

Wasp Nest

Wasp Nest

Here is Buttermilk Falls.  It is very secluded and is about 20 feet high.  At my last visit, there was a small pool at the base of the falls, but erosion has filled that.  It was very much worth the walk.  Well, except maybe for the off trail jaunt that we had to do.

Buttermilk Falls

Buttermilk Falls, Northeast Ohio

Spike loved the experience.  She jumped into the water with exuberance!

Spike at Buttermilk Falls

Spike at Buttermilk Falls

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Headlands Beach State Park, Ohio

We visited the Headlands Beach State Park, Ohio again over the weekend to collect beach glass, and I snapped this photo.  It was a gray day when we arrived, but the sun came out.  Yes.  The water looked THAT blue.

Headlands Beach State Park, Ohio

Headlands Beach State Park, Ohio


Randers Pride – Heirloom Daylilies

Over the weekend, we bought some day lilies today from Heritage Farms in Peninsula, Ohio.

Gazebo at Heritage Farm

Gazebo at Heritage Farm

These extra special flowers are called Randers Pride. My family bred lilies up until the late 1950’s. This flower was named after my maternal grandfather, who’s surname was Randers; I believe that he was the one that developed the flower.  It was registered by Libis-Cheetham. Libis was my maternal grandmother’s maiden name, so that would be my great grandfather, but unfortunately, I do not know who Cheetham was. This flower is extra special to me because it was registered in 1957 – the year that I was born. It helps that it is a quite tall plant with beautiful large yellow flowers.

Randers Pride Daylily

Randers Pride Daylily

Here are the three Randers Pride plants nestled into their new home, along with 2 friends named My Kia.  You didn’t think that I could possibly only buy what I went to purchase, did you?  My Kia was described as “quite prolific with red flowers”.  Oh, the human is my daughter, Katie.

Katie with Lilies

Katie with Lilies

Spike, the dog, thought that she was quite camouflaged while hiding behind the bee-balm. She was a good helper too.

Spike, the Camo-Dog

Spike, the Camo-Dog


Just a Walk in the Park

We went on a hike on Friday at the Hinckley Reservation;.  It was what we call a glorious Akron day – overcast, damp, and cool.  This is typical weather here in Northeast Ohio, and I guess that I have learned to appreciate this type of day.

I disturbed a Great Blue Heron.  I must have taken just a little too long for his comfort to frame the shot.  He indignantly flew to the other end of the reservoir.

Aggravated Great Blue Heron

Aggravated Great Blue Heron

The dampness brought many tidbits to my sense of smell.  The woods smelled of freshly decomposing leaves.  It was a clean, earthy smell – quite pleasant and reminds me of why our vegetation is quite lush this time of year.

The air also hung heavy with the scent of wild roses.  They smelled quite sweet right now, but not cloying at all.

Wild Roses

Wild Roses

It was a perfect day.


Where There’s Smoke – There’s Fire

… but the smoke may not be exactly where the fire is.

I went to a bonfire at a friend’s house last night and my daughter and I came dragging in at around 1 in the morning.  Considering that I am more of a morning person than a night person that is pretty amazing.  Anyway, because of said morning tendencies, I just went straight to bed when I got home.  Around 3 am, I woke up and there was a very pungent odor of smoke.  I hazily thought that I smelled pretty smokey and maybe I should get up and shower.  I was quite torn.  I was too tired to get up, but the smell was so strong I could hardly stand to breathe.

About 10 minutes went by, and suddenly there was a bright light coming in my window!  I looked outside, and there was a firetruck shining a spotlight into our back yard.  AND the yard was filled with a copious amount of smoke!  (I guess I wasn’t the source of the stench after all.) We do have a fire pit and the spotlight was focused onto it – but we hadn’t had a fire in weeks. That was obviously not the source of the smoke.  After about a minute, the firetruck left.

I was confused, and almost called the fire department.  In my early morning haziness, I thought that to call the fire department in the middle of the night to tell them that we did NOT have a fire seemed, well, rather odd.  I wandered around the house for a couple of hours and finally went to sleep.

We called in the morning; apparently someone in the neighborhood had a bonfire (must have been a good night for fires…), had gone to bed, and the bonfire started a grass fire . That explains the voluminous amount of smoke.  The fire department came, found the grass fire, and just stamped it out.  I’m still not sure why they were inspecting our yard though – maybe they were still looking for the source of smoke at that point.

Our Fire Pit area, desperately in need of a clipping.

Weedy, Unused Firepit

Weedy, Unused Fire Pit

Our quite fancy fire observation location, also undisturbed.

Fire Observation Location

Fire Observation Location

This was part of the yard that we had not mowed in a couple of weeks. We did mow this morning, but we carefully avoided things like this:

Half Wild Columbine

Half Wild Columbine


Wild Turkey Reprise

Gratuitus Bead - Phoenix

Gratuitus Bead - Phoenix

I was driving to work early this morning in Interstate 77, and something in the periphery of my vision caught my attention. It was two wild turkeys walking in the grass beside the road. Now, this was well within what I would call the city, so I was quite startled. I wish I could have had a better look, but – I was driving.

I saw a whole flock of them recently and there used to be at least one that ranged near my house, but other that that, sightings are rare. I hope that this means that they are becoming more common here.

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


Walking the Dog – Chapter 5 – the Boathouse

On this particular hike, we walked the dog completely around Hinckley Lake, as I said before, it is about a 3.5 mile trail. Near the southern part of the lake is an area that we don’t usually walk past – the boathouse. This is not because I have a problem with the boathouse, but because it is usually quite busy in the summer season. This doesn’t really make sense, since I don’t mind walking around the spillway when it is busy.

Boathouse at Hinckley Lake

Boathouse at Hinckley Lake

From the Cleveland Metroparks website:

The Hinckley Lake boathouse is open from April until mid-October. The boathouse features boat rentals, fishing tackle, bait and snacks.

Snacks? Yum! All summer long, my daughter had been asking about renting a canoe and spending some time on the lake instead of just looking at the lake. I thought that this was a good idea, but we just never got to it. On this day, we checked to see if they were open (having not read the website first), but alas it is past mid-October, isn’t it? I am wistful about our non-boating expedition.

I wonder if they rent those doggy life jackets too? I’ve seen them for sale. If I were to wager on it, I bet that they don’t allow pets to accompany us novice boaters.

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