Something brand new at Holden Arboretum

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The Holden Arboretum, one of my favorite places in Northeast Ohio for photo walking, just added two brand new attractions. Known as the Kalberer Family Emergent Tower and Murch Canopy Walk, these two features will offer visitors the opportunity to explore the forest in a brand new way. Even if heights make you uneasy, as they do me, you may want to pull yourself together and take a walk down the Canopy Walk and climb the Emergent Tower.

At the top of the Tower, you will have a 360 degree view of the surrounding countryside.

When you emerge at the top of the tower you will have a 360 degree view of the surrounding countryside, including Lake Erie to the north. It will be a brand new experience.

I have climbed the tower and canopy walk at Myakka State Park near Sarasota, Florida, multiple times, and that is a great experience, but the Emergent Tower at Holden Arboretum promises to be even more challenging.

One hundred twenty feet at its highest, the views will be phenomenal.

At its highest, the Tower will be as tall as a 12 story building.

I’m not comfortable in high places. Last year on a night time photoshoot from the top of Cleveland’s Terminal Tower, I got vertigo-dizzy, disoriented, the works-when night fell, darkness descended, and the lights on the Tower came on below me. I had to descend much sooner than planned. Nevertheless, I’m looking forward to making the climb at Holden…or at least attempting it.

Today was a beautiful, cool, almost fall day, so I packed up my camera and headed to the Arboretum. My goal was to wander around the Tower at ground level and see what to expect and also to find out how early it will open in the morning because that’s when I want to make the climb. Our weather forecast for this week is predicting several sunny mornings, so maybe this will be a good week for this adventure. I’ll let you know. I began today’s walk at Corning Lake and Lotus Pond, both part of Holden’s $9 million dollar New Leaf Capital Campaign that also made the Emergent Tower and Canopy Walk projects possible.

And here we are at the beginning of the Canopy Walk with some ground level views of the Emergent Tower and Canopy walk that I took today.

What do you think…Would you like to climb to the top? Come back in a few days for another walk down the trail. Maybe you can make the climb with me.

Thanks for joining me on the trail today.
See you soon.
Carolyn aka Skip

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