Almost the end of summer

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Last week, when our oldest daughter and son-in-law flew in from Phoenix for a short visit, climbing the Emergent Tower at Holden Arboretum was included on the list of “things to do and places to visit.” Monday was a beautiful day, so off we went to Holden and had a great time. After we all experienced the Canopy Walk, Gretchen and I climbed the Tower, while Bob and Rod kept Gulliver company at ground level. For very good reasons, dogs are not allowed on the Walk or the Tower.

We were the last climbers to leave the Tower and the afternoon was waning, so we paused for a photo opp by the gate into the Rhododendron Garden…2016_08_29_Trailwalks_Holden Arboretum_0013

…and then walked back down the trail. In the little time we had left, we wanted to wander a while in the Butterfly garden before we headed home.

It wasn’t a long visit, but, in my opinion, every visit to Holden Arboretum is special, and this afternoon was no exception.Thanks for coming along. I hope you enjoyed the climb. Maybe the wander through the butterfly garden was more your speed, but whatever your preference, it’s all good! There is something at the Arboretum for everyone.

Note:  The past week has been all about family time, so I have a lot of catching up to do,  pictures to process, and posts to write up, but eventually I will get caught up.  And I’ll be back soon with another post from last week.

Thanks for coming along on this walk.
Trail Walker

Walking the trails in Holden Arboretum

This is the first of three posts about our Holden Trail Walk.
More to come next week!

Our grandson Michael is home from Indiana for the week, so he and I planned a trail walk in Holden Arboretum. On Mike’s last visit home, the Emergent Tower and Canopy Walk were closed for the winter, and he has been anticipating a climb to the top of the the 12-story tower to see the view of Lake Erie. Today was the day! Weather-wise, it couldn’t have been more perfect. I’ve climbed the Tower six times, and the view today was the best I’ve ever seen. Take a look:

After our climb, we took a hike that eventually brought us back to the visitor’s center and Butterfly Garden, taking lots of pictures along the way. Unfortunately, I don’t have enough time (or energy) this evening to process all of them. All the hiking and climbing depleted today’s supply of both, so this brief post is just a “teaser” because I am going to make this the first of a three part series.

Thanks for visiting today.
See you soon with another post from the Arboretum.
Trail Walker

Spring trail walk in Holden Arboretum

Today’s visit to the Murch Canopy Walk and Kalberer Emergent Tower marks my fifth time to experience these special features at the Arboretum. Links to those earlier visits can be seen here and here.

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One of my favorite sights in the rhododendron garden is the gazebo pictured above. Sometimes, when I want to just enjoy the peace of the garden, I will take my lunch and sit in the gazebo.

But today I met my friend Lorna at the visitor’s center where we purchased tickets for the Emergent Tower and Canopy Walk, and we are going to head down the trail to the rhododendron garden. Lunch will wait until after we enjoy the garden, climb the Emergent Tower, and make our way back to the patio at the visitors’ center. If I had special ordered the weather for today’s visit to Holden Arboretum, it would have been for a day exactly like this, so let’s head on down the trail. Click on any of the pictures in the gallery and immerse yourself in the sights of summer in the Arboretum.

I hope you enjoyed your virtual walk in the garden. And I know you didn’t get out of breath like I did when we climbed the Tower! Thankfully they have places you can stop and catch your breath while you enjoy the view on the way up. I needed them! Now it’s time for lunch. Lorna and I brought ours, but you’re on your own! Thanks for joining us for this virtual tour in the Arboretum.

Note: If you want to see my earlier posts about the Canopy Walk and Emergent Tower, click here and go back to last fall’s trail walks with more pictures.

See you in a day or two for another trail walk.
Trail Walker

Canopy Walking

Canopy Walk at Holden Arboretum
I’m at home among trees. ~J.R.R. Tolkien

Have you ever been on a Canopy Walk, an elevated trail, like a bridge, that has been constructed to make it possible to walk through the tree tops, instead of walking on the ground staring up at the trees? My first canopy experience was at Myakka State Park near Sarasota, Florida, and I enjoyed it so much that I have returned several times since. So I was excited when I learned that the Murch Canopy Walk was being constructed at Holden Arboretum in conjunction with the Emergent Tower. The Tower and the Canopy Walk are two separate structures, but they are very close to each other. To visit either, you pick up a ticket at the visitors’ center, then take a short walk through the woods to reach the Tower or Canopy Walk.

Today I am going to take you on a short virtual walk in search of some fall color on the Murch Canopy Walk. You’re afraid of heights? Don’t worry. The Canopy Walk is just a short walk up a ramp and only takes 10-15 minutes from start to end, depending on how long you linger to enjoy the view and take pictures, which many people were doing while I was there. It’s off the ground, but it’s easy to access, and doesn’t feel very high at all. Check out the fall colors as you walk along. There couldn’t be a better time to enjoy being up close and personal with the canopy.

So there you have it! What do you think? Since blogging is meant to be interactive, a virtual conversation of sorts, I would love to hear your reaction to the Walk. What did you think of the fall colors? The construction of the Walk? The whole experience? Join the conversation by adding your comments in the comment section. Thanks for joining me on the trail today. I enjoyed your company.

Trail Walker

NOTE: If you haven’t yet climbed the Emergent Tower, you can see those picture here.

Climbing the Emergent Tower: Sharing lessons I’ve learned

Autumn is definitely here; I can see countless signs! With winter nipping at our heels (sob-sob), I’m trying my best to take advantage of the beautiful weather we are enjoying right now. Who’s to say how long it will be before Jack Frost sneaks onto the scene and dramatically changes the landscape. With that in mind, I headed for Holden Arboretum to climb the Emergent Tower this morning with Alison, Bob, and Tom Loomis.

A Lesson Learned

The Emergent Tower is 120 feet (or 12 stories) tall, very well constructed, and not a difficult climb.  However, there are a few things you should bear in mind if you set out:

  • Don’t go on an empty stomach. Eat a good meal if you are considering the climb. I learned that lesson this morning after I stood in my kitchen and gobbled down a meager bowl of cereal because I was running late and “Just didn’t have time to eat.”
  • Make sure you are well hydrated. Also, it doesn’t hurt to carry water because the climb can make you thirsty. Although it doesn’t take a long time, it is exercise that makes your heart work a little harder than normal. You could get a little winded and thirsty.
  • Wear good walking shoes. I actually saw someone climbing in high heeled shoes. I wouldn’t recommend it!
  • Don’t take your dog. They’re not allowed on the tower, and don’t take small children in strollers. You cannot climb the Tower pulling a stroller behind you.
  • The Tower does sway. The more climbers, the more it sways. It’s built that way. It’s not unsafe, but it can be a little unsettling for people who don’t like heights.
  • On each level there is a deck where you can stop to catch your breath and enjoy the view. There is also a chair if you should want to sit, rest, and relax for a few minutes.
  • A phenomenal view of the countryside is your reward IF you make it all the way to the top, so don’t give up when you’re part way there. Just set a pace that works for you and keep climbing. I’m pushing 80, and I’ve climbed the tower twice, so I’m sure you can too!
  • I hope you remembered to carry your camera (or phone) because when you reach the top, you will want to snap a few pictures of the view and a selfie or two to prove that you were there.

Check out the gallery below for a few pictures that I took at the Arboretum today. Maybe they will inspire you to get out there and go for a walk along the trail. Any trail will do; just put on your walking shoes and head to the nearest trail. Have fun!

That’s it for today. I’m looking forward to another trail walk soon, and I hope you will join me.
~Trail Walker

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