Friday, May 23, 2014
We pass through Ashland County a number of times each year, but rarely stop to cache. There are a lot of roadside micros at retail stops along the four-lane near the exit. They aren't our typical caching fare so we usually move through. Over the last year, the county park system has issued a number of permits for geocaches. Since Ashland is close and I was still mending, a visit to the flat, easy trails of central Ohio seemed like a great way to spend a day together during the holidays. This was a perfect day to lie to yourself about the weather. The day was sunny and bright with warm temperatures for Ohio in December. There was open water and where there wasn't the ice was cracking and getting ready to leave. If you closed closed your eyes, it was almost possible to believe that this would be a mild winter which would pass soon. It's good I don't predict weather for a living. ;-)
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Every dog loves Christmas toys.
I needed a day to recover from the Rogers Run walk, but a stop at Orchard Hills gave me a mile walk to double my first outing. For the first time in almost a month, I could also handle the dogs on a walk. The world was looking brighter (if just a little colder).
It was a simple, half-mile walk along Rogers Run, but it was a walk! After almost a month of being incapable of doing anything physical, it was thrilling to take a short, wobbly walk in the park with Ali. My doctor had finally agreed with my early thoughts on why I was so ill and had prescribed a new med. It was slowly helping. There was enough progress to try this walk today. Hopefully better days are ahead.
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Friday, May 16, 2014
Friday, May 09, 2014
We were supposed to find our 11,000th geocache today at a night cache in the woods behind Edinboro University. It didn't happen. On Monday evening, I started taking antibiotics for a chest infection. I felt great Wednesday. By Thursday morning, I was seriously ill. I shouldn't have been on the road or geocaching, but we find milestones together in Pennsylvania with the dogs. Ali was heading home to visit family and to enjoy some time caching near home so we tried to reach 11,000. The snow was really deep on the trail. I was chilled and had no energy or strength. The caches were in deep hiding. We needed a few finds for number 11,000. Somehow we found a multi near the image. After that, we missed a second find along a stream, and the adventure ended.
Thursday, May 08, 2014
The day never got very bright as we returned to North Chagrin to place hides we had located on Saturday. One day earlier a pond below the Buckeye Trail was host to a couple of interesting ducks. By our return this afternoon the open water on the shallow pond was completely iced over.
Wednesday, May 07, 2014
Snoopy is a lawn bowler
Thursday, May 01, 2014
It was a Cleveland Metroparks day with a starting visit to Forbes Farm for a cache and a visit to Brecksville Reservation.