Tuesday, November 29, 2011

1 October 2011 Grey Day at the Arboretum

Lots of paw paw fruit on the trees.

Monday, November 28, 2011

30 September 2011 Fall Says Hello

27 September 2011 Chautauqua

24 September 2011 North Country Trail GeoTrail

106 geocaches covering 100 miles of the NCT is a big chance for us to hike and geocache. We have been enjoying the series in 5-8 mile chunks. Since we do out-and-back for all, the 100 miles will be at least 200 miles by the time we are complete.

Gwen surprised us at Chapman State Park by walking across a suspension bridge which caused her dread in the past. We had no idea this suspension bridge was on today's stretch of the NCT. Gwen once again conquered her fears and walked the bridge.

Ali looking for frogs...

found one.

22 September 2011 At the Rookery

Ali does volunteer work for the Western Reserve Land Conservancy. This evening she was invited to a reception to visit at the Rookery and to visit one of the new easement properties. I was going to meet her at the Rookery so we could have a walk. We missed connections, and I ended up walking the trail alone. After I returned to the parking lot, we met up and had a sunset stroll on the trail.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

21 September 2011 Hanging On

20 September 2011 Meeting Friends

We met a couple good friends at Bedford Falls Cafe. We had dinner and decided to enjoy a wonderful fall evening in the park when we were threatened with an outbreak of karaoke (does anyone really enjoy karaoke if they are sober?). It was great to be with friends.

A train passes by the park and the old depot.

Sidewalk chalk art

The town square at night

It looks like a movie set
18 September 2011 Riding the Ashtabula Greenway Trail

We've been to this Greenway a number of times before, but today was the first day we've been here with bikes. It is an interesting trail moving from wide open paths to heavy tree cover. In the spring there are large patches of bloodroot along sections of the trail. It also has an area that was once a New York Central yard area. The yards are long gone, but there are many traces of the rails that were here. If I ever had time and patience to sort and view the slides left by my father and his friend Elmer, there are probably photos of the yard in operation.

Need a headlight.

Not all magnetic key case micros are created equally. This one was not as hard or scary as it looked, but the container was still in a place where one slip would have hurt really badly. Cachers need one of these every once in a while to get the pulse up. :-)

Saturday, November 26, 2011

16 September 2011 Albion Fair

With the face below, do you have reason to doubt the note above?

This was the friendliest goat I have ever seen. It was a good will ambassador for all goats.

This was a Ford Model T tractor conversion. I had never seen one before.

There are some days I wish I could look beyond my health and medication issues and just eat things like carny food without risking real serious issues. This fry truck was not something to tempt me. In the end, we had buffalo burgers from a local restaurant set up at the fair.

Somehow Ali's horse (or zebra) always wins when we ride the carousel. ;-) This was our last stop before our ride home.

16 September 2011 Edinboro

We were surprised to see so many closed gentians in Edinboro. I had taken a vacation day. We spent the first half here including a visit to Dairy Supreme for the last ice cream of the year.