Thursday, February 26, 2015
It had been a busy week filled mostly with rain and colder weather. A quick stop at our North Carolina facility gave the one break of blue skies and warm weather on the trip. It was a short stay with a full schedule and early sunsets. I am happy the landscaping at this site seems to be successful at attracting birds. As I was leaving for a late afternoon start of my drive home, I spotted this bluebird moving around the trees near the parking area.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
I had a business meeting in Lexington, Kentucky and visions of warm weather and sunshine during the drive and breaks in the meeting. Sometimes, those visions don't work out. The travel day was cold and very rainy. I had hoped for a break on the way and a nice hike during the break. Instead, I made a quick cache find in Scioto Trail State Forest and a second quick find at Lake White State Park. I was happy to see a fire tower at the state forest open for climbing. Despite the wet and cold day, it was a fun climb with a bonus benchmark not far from the base of the tower.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Liberty Hollow was a new park for us to visit. There were a few caches in the park so we made it our walk for the day. The colors were great, and we got to splash in the water.
Sunday, February 22, 2015
We visited Big 4 Road to search for a few newer caches along the Conewango River. On the way out, we spotted a very confused skunk cabbage popping through the wet area. Back in Ohio, we were treated to a very nice sunset in Chardon.
This should have been a perfect day of caching. The weather was great, and there were 26 caches hidden along a series of trails. Grunderville is a heavily developed new oil and gas area with few sights to see. When I go geocaching, the finds are nice, but are low on my priority list. I should be able to find the caches so I can move on and enjoy the trail. These caches were hidden to really make a hunt. Micros in the woods are little fun for me. Still, it was a day out with Ali and the Geodogs. Our journey included a the surprise of meeting another couple caching along the trail. We have greatly enjoyed their hides in the Niagara Falls area so it was fun to say hello and walk a bit together.
I used to pass by or through Boston many times a year. My work changed and my travel patterns changed so visits to the area have become infrequent. I had hoped for a long walk on the trails at Hunter's Creek Park, but a late departure altered my travel plans. I stopped instead for a much shorter fall walk at Boston's Community park. Zoar Valley. That plan went away with my late departure, but I was able to stop at a new ice cream place in Gowanda before heading home to Pennsylvania. Days usually aren't this blue in Western New York.
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Thursday, February 19, 2015
There's something relaxing about eating breakfast at an old fashioned restaurant with tabletop jukeboxes. This one also had quite a collection of old glass milk bottles from small dairies. Lefty Grove. The plaque and history was interesting, but for us the real star was the Lonoconing iron furnace. The furnace was built in 1837 and remains in super shape. It was a technical accomplishment because it was the first iron furnace that passed from using charcoal for iron production to using bituminous coal. It only operated for 16 years before being abandoned by the coal company, but it stands as a significant piece of industrial history. Cranesville Swamp at the Maryland-West Virginia border. The fall colors were not at their prime but we were rewarded with nodding ladys slipper and gentian all along the boardwalk.