Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Sunday, October 21, 2012
We went for a long walk in North Chagrin scouting a new location for a hide.
We moved forward our short trip this year to visit the prairie cemeteries to see the wildflowers. The early heat and drought had reduced the number of blossoms and shortened the seasonleaving a sparse showing of flowers.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
I've walked the trail the winds behind the arboretum at Cleveland Metroparks' South Chagrin Reservation many times over the years. In happier times, I would walk the trail at lunchtime with my staff as we enjoyed seeing frogs and wildflowers. Today's mission was to hide a new geocache near a frog-filled pond that brought lots of smiles over the years. The woodpecker and the deer were pleasant distractions on my walk to the pond.
I took advantage of a week at home to replace the aging bluebird boxes at the edge of the property. We had a few wooden ones on hand, but I replaced one with a plastic Birds Choice box made from recycled plastic. Ali had stopped at the Nature Center at Holden Arboretum a few weeks prior and spotted the recycled box. I hope it wears well. It is a nice design. I was pleased to see the tomato plants which were so late to be planted are going to produce some tomatoes despite their late planting and the ongoing drought. I wish I had better news for the pumpkins and the acorn squash.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
yellow one we had seen in Ohio. This crab spider can change color based on its hunting area. It must work well since this spider had bagged a meal for the day.
Sunday, October 14, 2012
There was a new series of caches on the ANF so we headed off with the dogs for the a good walk and a few finds. It was a lot hotter on the trail than we had expected so I was glad we (Ali) had brought a lot of water for the dogs and we were able to spot some shady areas for them to rest. Today's walk was between five and six miles. Between Gwen's injury and her age, I am always nervous about pushing her too hard, but she did well on the trail and is still at an energy level where she wants to be with us on these long walks. We track the number of caches they find with us through the travel bug tag for them. Today was a milestone as they joined us for their 900th cache. When they eventually reach 1,000 we'll make certain they get a golden dog treat container or some other way to mark the event. For today, they were just happy to be eating ripe blueberries near the pond that marked the half-way point of the journey. When our dog Toli lived with my parents she would forage in the large strawberry patch and the stand of raspberries looking for ripe berries, but Gwen and Eva are the first dogs I have seen that are voracious blueberry eaters. They will actually snap at ripe blueberries as the walk the trail.
Friday, October 12, 2012
Rockland Furnace. The 1832 furnace is in good shape and is tucked away in the woods.