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Month: October 2016

Walking Cleveland’s Nature Trails – Garfield Park Reservation

Walking Cleveland’s Nature Trails – Garfield Park Reservation

Another short 2  mile walk today.  My mom and I headed to Garfield Park Reservation in Garfield Heights, a park that opened in 1895.  At the nature center there were extra large maps of the park, the trails and  distances clearly marked.  We did the 2-mile All-Purpose Trail Loop, but next time I might try some of the smaller trails since there is supposed to be some pretty waterfalls there.

Unlike yesterday, I felt completely safe. The trail was paved and very wide and the old trees provided shade.  It’s a popular park, we probably passed a dozen or so walkers and dogs and a baby. It also had lots of different picnic areas and a playground.  I’d say the chances are good that I’ll be going back.  And instead of going away from Cleveland like the last few days I headed toward the city.

This was hike #7 in the 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles – Cleveland by Diane Stresing.

We are finally starting to see some color – yay!!

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Walking Cleveland’s Nature Trails – Tinker’s Creek State Nature Preserve

Walking Cleveland’s Nature Trails – Tinker’s Creek State Nature Preserve

I drove by the library and picked up a few hiking books that I had put on hold. I glanced through them and saw one that had a 2 miles walk 20 minutes from the library so off I went.  Hike #35 in 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles, Cleveland by Diane Stresing is Tinker’s Creek State Nature Preserve in Portage County so I think it barely really qualifies as Cleveland area.  And, well, part of the trail was closed so It was just over a mile and a half.

Okay, this trail, out in the country was a little bit creepy.  When I parked my car I was the only one there but as I started walking another car pulled in.  The small trail took me to the eagle lookout, (I didn’t see one) and then I went across the street to walk the Seven Ponds Trail.

Um, I will admit that when I turned back from the Trail Closed sign and felt so isolated  the thought crossed my mind that it would be a really scary place to see a clown.  And apparently that thought led to other thoughts as I walked the trail with seven ponds.  About a mile in I passed the man who pulled in after me and we were surrounded by water on both sides on both side of a little walkway and instead of clowns, I thought about how easy it would be to dispose of a body out there, LOL.  I was a little paranoid but how remote it was.

Anyway, not the trail for me since my mind was on clowns and murder 🙂

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Walking Cleveland’s Nature Trails – Frohring Meadows

Walking Cleveland’s Nature Trails – Frohring Meadows

My friend Amy recommended Frohring Meadows as a good walking trail and she was right on!  I asked my mom to come and walk the 2.8 mile Big Bluestern trail loop with me and she was willing.  It’s a 15 minute drive over to Geauga Country and the trail was well marked and had a variety of sunshine and shadowy trails.  A perfect length loop and I know I’ll go back.

I was a bit concerned about this being a coyote habitat area, but appreciated the tips if approached.  Slowly back away. Shout in a loud voice. Wave your arms. Throw things. Maintain direct eye contact.  Needless to say, even though I was ready, no coyotes.

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Walking Cleveland’s Nature Trails – Squaw Rock Loop

Walking Cleveland’s Nature Trails – Squaw Rock Loop

This morning I drove five minutes down the road to the South Chagrin Reservation and the Squaw Rock Loop.  The trail is part of the Reservation part of the Cleveland Metroparks. It’s a beautiful walk with lots of steps so even though it’s only .6 mile  it feels like more.  After I walked the loop I headed over to the connecting trail for two miles.  Honestly, I am sooooo out of shape and my feet don’t like 3 days in a row of tennis shoes.  They hate tennis shoes.  I’m a barefoot kinda girl.

A beautiful place, but can be a bit treacherous in places. Take a look.

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Walking Cleveland’s Nature Trails – Nature Center at Shaker Lakes

Walking Cleveland’s Nature Trails – Nature Center at Shaker Lakes

I dropped off Gage at a playdate in Cleveland Heights this morning and realized that it was less than ten minutes to my favorite walking place, Shaker Heights Nature Center.  Gage has gone to camp there the last two summers and it’s where he had his 5th birthday party.  They have two defined trails but so many places to walk.  I like that you can take any trail and still stay in the property and eventually get back to where you started.  They have two trails, a one mile and a third of a mile.  It’s mainly dirt but lots of wood bridges and steps. This place relaxes me.

I walked the mile loop twice and also did the short one so I ended up with just under 2.5 miles.  As I started to take a photo of the man doing tai chi on the trail my phone died so I only got a few pictures, but since I love this place so much I’m including a few pics that I took last fall.  I think you’ll be able to tell the difference 🙂

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I invite you all to share your nature walks this month. Leave it as a comment, Instagram it (#mythirtydaychallenges), or leave it on the Facebook page.  Fill my life with fall!

 

Learning to Play the Piano

Learning to Play the Piano

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For my first challenge, I going to tackle a project I’ve been procrastinating about for at least ten years. And that’s learning to play a musical instrument.   I’ve never played any musical instrument before unless Guitar Hero counts and I even stalled out on medium there.   On a scale of 1 to 10, I’d rate my musical ability somewhere between -10 and does not qualify.  Remember the Bryans Adams song Summer of 69 that’s goes “I got my first real six-string…”, well I thought it said “I got my first real sex dream…  I need to boost the harmony in my life, so this seems like the right way to start.

Stacy’s great-grandmother used to be a piano teacher and we inherited her piano about five years ago.  I’ve never played it more than a minute or two and played would be generous, more like torture for anyone within earshot including small animals.  My plan is to find out what can be accomplished in 30-45 minutes a day by someone with zero ability.  I going to begin with piano lessons from YouTube and then see if I can play a song by the end of the month.  Any song requests?

Walking Cleveland’s Nature Trails

Walking Cleveland’s Nature Trails

For the month of October as Jason uses YouTube to learn how to play the piano I will be hitting the trails.  My plan is to walk a different nature walk every day this month that’s at least 2 miles.  I want to take pictures of fall unfolding since it’s my favorite season (and month).   I put a request for walking trails on Facebook and I’ve had two friends already ask if they could join me for some of them. Yay!

Today there was a train show in Berea, about 30 minutes away so I dropped of the guys and found a trail close by.  I ended up in  the Rocky River section of the Cleveland Metroparks that is directly behind the airport. Tip-if you have kids who love airplanes you will want to spend time over here. In my 1 1/2 here probably a dozen flew directly overhead as they took off.  So, I started on mile 10 and planned on turning around at mile 11.5. Only I missed the sign and continued on to 12.  And then Jason texted and said to come pick them up RIGHT NOW and well, an hour after getting home I needed to get in the hot tub for my aching legs 🙂  I think you can all see why I need to do this challenge. I’m not sure I could be more out of shape.

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I was a little disappointed that so few of the leaves had started to change, but it will be fun to document the change day-to-day.  Now I just need the weather to hold up for the month!