Thursday, June 29, 2017
66 Degrees in Ohio the day after Christmas calls for a walk in the park. The trails were a little icy and a little more muddy. The smaller streams were ribbons of melting ice. These warm weather breaks at the end of the year aren't uncommon. They always remind me there is a spring awaiting once winter passes.
Sunday, June 25, 2017
We were happy for a warm day (mid 40's) to visit the zoo. It's become a way for us to spend Christmas Eve. Cleveland Zoo is usually crowded on this day. Today, the crowds were down, leaving the buildings almost eerie at times. We had fun and made a stop by Rudolph.
Saturday, June 24, 2017
The drab grey of the day before had been replaced by a sunny day with a coating of ice everywhere.
There are days between mid November and mid January where the sun never really appears and what light there is goes away quickly. Since they are a short drive away, we decided to spend the afternoon at Hudson Parks.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
We missed the first snow of the season while we were in Arizona. We didn't miss the second. This morning it was tree day. There was more than enough snow to put us in the holiday mood. :)
Monday, June 19, 2017
We pass by Buckaloons quite often, but rarely stop for a walk. From spring to fall this is a fee area. It makes sense to charge a fee for visitors camping or putting a canoe in the Allegheny River, but paying for a short walk keeps us and most visitors away. In the non-fee months, the crowd of vehicles by the gates keep us away. On this grey, holiday weekend, the front gate was void of all visitors so we made a rare stop. The empty trails made for a quiet pleasant walk.
Sunday, June 18, 2017
We were back in Pennsylvania hoping for trail time near home. The holiday weekend is often questionable for hiking since the days are short and the weather often ranges from cold and rainy to much colder and snowy. Some of these Thanksgiving weekends are magic with a last blast of warm weather sometimes joined with a little sun. Still we hike, despite the weather since the short days of December will limit our time on the trail until Christmas. The day wasn't sunny, but the temperature was higher than could be expected this time of year. Happily, the trails were not rain-soaked. Brush Hollow is a super place to spend a day on a holiday weekend, especially a dry one.
Saturday, June 17, 2017
It was the last day in Arizona for us and our journey for the day was to travel from Flagstaff back to the hotel in Phoenix. We started our day exploring a bit of the desert areas off I17 with Ali making certain we didn't stray too far from the highway. There were plenty of caches listed but we had more than a few unsuccessful hunts on the day. Shooting things and leaving trash in the desert seem to be the main hobbies for some visitors. Navigating the terrain means keeping your eyes open for rattlesnakes and broken bottles left behind from the shooting. While looking for the hazards, there is a lot of desert life to observe.
Montezuma Castle. The structure pre-dates the arrival of Europeans in the Americas. We stamped our NPS passport and checked out the exhibits indoors before making our way to the trail. Despite the weather, the center was really busy.