Take a hike!

Pack up the camera, put a leash on the dog, pick up the grandchildren and head to the Holden Arboretum for a hike. That’s what we did on this gorgeous Sunday afternoon. Once we reached the arboretum, we took the trail that leads, via the Molly Offutt Memorial Boardwalk, into the Pierson Creek valley. It would be a beautiful trail to follow at any time of year, but the fall colors made it special today.

Head of the trail

My companions on the hike

I didn’t count the stairs we descended to reach the valley floor; there were a lot, but the scenery made every step worthwhile.
Down in the valley

A carpet of fallen leaves

Reminder to be a responsible hiker

All the comforts of home!

At one point, the boardwalk projected over Pierson Creek and provided a great view upstream where a fallen tree trunk became an irresistible temptation for intrepid hikers…although not the one with the camera nor the one with the dog.
The "bridge"

One hiker braves the bridge!

The second hiker steps out.

We made it!

Time to head home! That means clambering up the stairs and heading back down the trail to the parking lot.
A long way up

The hike is over for this time, but it was great fun, something to store in the memory bank for future withdrawals. If you ever chance to be in northeast Ohio, look up the Holden Arboretum. It’s worth a visit.

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