Last weekend (it took me a week to recuperate and write this post! :-)...my friend Glen and I decided to take a long hike through the Brecksville Reservation and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. While we take hikes frequently (we try for once a week), this one was both a lot of fun and very tiring as it ended up being over 11 miles. Glen has a GPS that would allow the Dominoes Pizza guy to find us in the middle of nowhere. While Glen would make an eagle scout proud (hint: if I were ever to get stuck on a desert island, you wouldn't want me orchestrating the survival decisions, but Glen would allow everyone to survive). When I went to Glen's house to start the trek, he had on shorts and I had on denim jeans -- that should have been my first clue.
Since we sometimes hike through thick underbrush if we are traversing trails without a direct connection, jeans can come in handy, but not after 3 hours of hiking and the temperates changed from 62 to 76.
We saw horses on the bridle path in the Brecksville Reservation, runners jogging on ill-footed, hardly-used trails, people swimming in the Chippewa Creek and having a huge outdoor BBQ nearby. We ended up for a bit on the Towpath Trail and as a biker was going by in the opposite direction quickly, she yelled out: Look at those turtles! We stopped to gaze as there were several sunning themselves on a log in the canal (the original Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath). We walked north up Station Road to see if we could scout the bald eagle pair but they left the nest a while earlier (month or so most likely).
Needless to say, by the time we were done, we ascended and descended numerous ravines, cliffs, open meadows, densely wooded areas, and everything in between.
A have a new found appreciation for why the ottoman was invented! :-)
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