Tuesday, July 25, 2017
I made an extremely rare on-time exit from the office and decided to go geocaching with the remaining daylight. I've been to Westlawn Cemetery before and remembered the older section of the cemetery was filled with local history scribed on old headstones. It was great to walk away from work even for a very short time.
Saturday, July 22, 2017
We made a visit to Stark Parks' Petros Park this afternoon. Our walk started with the unexpected surprise of a heron passing by and landing near us on the open water.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
As my career has changed, the time I have for little things like walking the park with Ali and the dogs have become less frequent. I was lucky this evening to be able to get away in time to meet Ali at Beartown Lakes and take a early evening walk in the park. The trails were snow free and the water was mostly ice free.
We planned to spend the afternoon in Stark County with our first stop Canal Fulton. Stark is close enough to home to be a "short" drive. It is far enough south to have generally less snow than home. We were starting the second phase of the Stark Parks GeoTour. We really enjoyed the time searching for the first part and were happy the second part had been released. Our first few finds made me wonder if the second series had a chance of being as much fun as the first. These hides were weak in places where weather and other threats would keep them at risk. The time outdoors was still worth the adventure. The snow was as light as we had hoped.
Thursday, July 13, 2017
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
We stopped at the park in Titusville to walk the trail behind the park and find a couple caches to start the new year. We were not expecting to spot multiple cedar waxwings and a purple finch. After the caches we decided to continue our journey on this mild new year's day and cross over toward the Oil Creek State Park.
Wednesday, July 05, 2017
Tuesday, July 04, 2017
We used to have a number of bird feeders for the winter. Over the years that number has declined, but our plantings have matured and now provide nutrition for the wintering birds. This cardinal seemed content to eat the red berries today.
We don't visit The Wilderness Center often because of their restrictions on which trails dogs may walk. To see all of the preserve, we usually leave them at home. Today we planned to just walk the dog-friendly trails. The weather was perfect. We made a couple finds before we came upon the area where the Wilderness Center had recently cut down their ash trees. Emerald ash borer is changing the face of the woods. Many parks and preserves are being aggressive with wholesale removal of ash trees. The damage caused by the emerald ash borer is swift and soon fatal.