Thursday, March 28, 2013

3 January 2013 Backyard Birding

1 January 2013 New Years Day at Orchard Hills

31 December 2012 A Quiet Ending

A long December and there's reason to believe
Maybe this year will be better than the last...

The smell of hospitals in winter
And the feeling that it's all a lot of oysters, but no pearls...

I guess the winter makes you laugh a little slower...

And it's been a long December and there's reason to believe
Maybe this year will be better than the last...

I can't remember all the times I tried to tell myself
To hold on to these moments as they pass...

It's been so long since I've seen the ocean
I wish I could...

Two human hospitals and a dog hospital in December
Left me hoping for a better 2013.

Here's hoping for one for you too...

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

30 December 2012 Cross Country at the Rookery

We don't get to cross country ski much these days. It seems like snow either arrives in the middle of the week, or I am traveling when there is good snow on the ground. Today was a treat. The trail at the Rookery is fairly short, but was a good start to hopefully more outings on skis.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

29 December 2012 Caching Strongsville

With horses on this trail during nicer weather, it can be an unpleasant mud pit. The cold weather and snow turned away all visitors, but a few walkers and some dogs. It left us a nice trail with a super walk in the woods. At the end of the day, the combination of snow on the ground and overcast skies left a quiet glow as we finished our adventure. We missed the hide near the chimney, but had a good day hunting caches in heavy snow cover.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

26 December 2012 Bass Lake and Sunnybrook

25 December 2012 Christmas at Big Creek

Big Creek Park was deserted this Christmas afternoon. We are used to seeing some families enjoying the holiday outside, but this afternoon we only encountered one couple on our journey. The snow was just right for a long walking adventure, and we found all but one cache we searched. The quiet park, lots of snow, and temperatures which were warm enough so the day wasn't uncomfortable made for a nice holiday adventure.

Gwennie in her antlers says Merry Christmas!

24 December 2012 Christmas Eve at the Zoo

Visiting Cleveland Zoo on Christmas Eve has become a tradition for us. The Zoo was quieter this year than it has been in recent years. We spent a good part of a really grey day inside the Rain Forest, but did venture out to walk through the entire zoo.

Happiness is a warm blanket.

Moon jelly fish are a new addition to the zoo. They are exhibited in a tank with a constantly changing light pattern.

Rudolph wasn't impressed with the wet snow.

The day stayed grey all day, but we had a fun time together.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

22 December 2012 Bridal Veil Falls

We hosted an geocaching event in the morning and wanted to do a little hiking and caching in the afternoon. This is the third breakfast event we have hosted. Each has been a lot of fun. After the event, there were caches placed on the Buckeye Trail beyond scenic Bridal Veil Falls so we headed back to Bedford Reservation for more caching. It was a super walk, mostly in black and white. A decorated Christmas tree we found on our travels gave some color along with three deer we encountered along the trail.