Peaceful morning trail walk

Rising early this morning, I knew I had a busy day ahead of me with places to go and people to see. So I chose to start the day with a quiet walk in Chagrin River Park, and that, as Robert Frost might have said, made all the difference. Join me and take a look.

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Pedestrian bridge over the Chagrin River
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Morning shadows on the river

Two views of the fire pit. On this chilly morning…jacket weather, someone had come early to build the fire, well before I got there.

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A man was tending the fire, but he was some distance away.
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Empty benches

Before long, I had to leave the park and hurry off to begin my day. It was as full and busy as I had expected, but a glorious day for the end of September. Autumn was in the air!

Thanks for joining me today. Hope to see you soon.
Trail Walker

Recent trail walk revisited

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Bob and two of his fire pit friends

I “mined” my recent trail walk album for other pictures I want to share. In yesterday’s post, I focused (pun intended) on some deer I saw along the trail; today  I want to share  a few other pictures from that walk, starting with the group around the fire pit at the top of this post. In some neighborhoods, you would find a group like this meeting over a cup of coffee in the local Starbucks or over a beer in the neighborhood bar. In our neighborhood, the fire pit in Chagrin River Park is the gathering place for this group of men every afternoon in all seasons. When the whole group is present, the benches are filled, but this was a slow afternoon.

Take a short walk down the trail, and this is the view you will see:
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Sometimes, like this afternoon, there will be fishermen on the river like this one, hoping to catch some steelhead trout. I didn’t hang around long enough to find out if he was successful, but it is a pretty popular fishing hole.

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Further down the river there is an overlook where we stopped to see if any herons were fishing for their dinner. No herons today! Possibly because of the kids playing on the beach.
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They were having a good time, but I’ll have to wait for another day to capture my picture of a heron in the river. To close out today’s post, here is one more little deer, cropped into a tight closeup.
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That’s it for today. Time to get supper on the table.
See you again soon.
Trail Walker

Trailwalking with the deer

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Sunday  afternoon, well, almost evening, was a beautiful time for a trail walk in Chagrin River Park. And I was delighted to find some deer to share it with me. The lovely doe, pictured at the top of this post, was peacefully grazing beside the path near the beginning of the trail. Then, a short distance away, I saw a young-un, still wearing its spotted coat. It was so cute one picture just wasn’t enough, so, as s/he posed very nicely, I repeatedly pressed my shutter button and captured these sweet pictures. (Click on a picture to enlarge them.) When we (the trail walkers) see fawns this young so late in the season, we hope for a mild winter, fearing that they might not be strong enough to survive a harsh one.

On down the trail I encountered another young one, standing by itself under the trees. As I lifted my camera to capture this picture, he turned and looked straight at me, and I couldn’t have asked for a better pose. I wonder if the plants around him (or her) are as tasty as they look?  I didn’t have to walk far to see still another young one, and it, too, stared straight at the camera, almost as if posing for a portrait. Although small, this one appeared to be a little older because the spots were gone from her coat. Aren’t those eyes amazing?

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Finally, nearing the end of the trail, I saw one more deer, a more mature one, with a noticeably darker coat. I wonder if the shade of her coat has something to do with the difference in the grasses she is grazing.

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I hadn’t quite reached the end of my walk, but dusk was falling, so I headed back toward my car,snapping pictures of the river trail as I walked along. It’s time to stop now. I’ve run out of deer, so I will save the other pictures for my next post.

I hope you enjoyed this evening walk as much as I did.
Thanks for joining me along the trail.
Trail Walker

Lake Erie Bluffs

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The day dawned with sunny blue skies and a perfect temperature for trailwalking at Lake Erie Bluffs. Happy with the beautiful morning, Bob and I, and our friend Tom, were on our way to the Bluffs!

Once at the Bluffs, the best view can be seen from the top of the tower, located on the edge of Lake Erie, 20 miles east of our home.
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Looking west-toward Cleveland

After soaking it in (and catching my breath), we climbed down and followed the trail to the beach.

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Goldenrod along the trail is a sure sign summer is coming to an end.
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Bob on the beach, waiting for me to catch up.
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I made it!

There weren’t many people in the park this morning. As you can see, we had the beach pretty much to ourselves. After a while we decided it was almost time for lunch, and we still wanted to visit Painesville Township Park to see the new fishing pier that was built in the last year. We had heard about it from a neighbor, who was part of the crew that engineered the pier, but this was our first visit. And it involved another climb!
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Getting down to the pier wasn’t a problem, but climbing back up was a breathtaking experience, for me at least. The view was great though, and that made the climb worthwhile.

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Looking east, toward Erie, Pennsylvania

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Definitely lunch time now, so we drove over to Brennans’ Restaurant in Grand River. My crab cakes were delicious, and according to Bob and Tom, the perch was just as good. By the time we finished our lunch, it was nearly 3 pm, so we decided to finish off our day trip with ice cream cones at Scooters. I’m very sure that after all the hiking and climbing, I had earned that cone, and it was a great way to end the day.

Thanks for visiting the Bluffs with us.
Hope to see you soon!
Trail Walker

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