Sunday, August 28, 2011

Bedford Reservation

I am not sure about you but I am getting a lil tired of reading about stamps. Now..don't get me wrong, I love stamps. I enjoy seeing the new ones that are being published next year, but sometimes it is nice to kick back and write about something else.

So I thought I would tell you about a short hiking trip Brad and I took last week. We went to a place called the Bedford Reservation, which is part of the Cleveland Metroparks AND the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. We had never been before and they have a we figured why not?

Starting off we hiking a short path called the Hemlock Loop. It basically follows the flood plain of the creek that runs through the reservation.

These two trees were the object of much picture taking. And while we were was a nice stretch to skip some rocks. We even had a competition going to see who could skip one across the creek and have it bounce back at least once.

Then we found that little guy hiding in a shallow pool. I haven't seen one in years!

And we will finish up with these tree roots holding on to some rocks. Such a neat site indeed!

Oh and incase you were wondering...the falls were barely trickling and definitely not worthy of pictures. =|

Hope everyone had a good weekend! I also hope that anyone in the way of Hurricane Irene is doing well!!


  1. Glad you had a lovely time - the pics are nice :)

    Can't relate to the green and hydration, though, because I am in the drought zone :(

  2. How refreshing. :) And how amazing are the layers of soil in the "interesting trees" photo? Trying to imagine how old our planet is, totally boggles my mind. I'm reading the book Ireland, and the first chapter is as impressive as Michener's Hawaii's creation descriptions. The author wrote about the rings of a tree. We all know how to age a tree by its rings, right? Well, your photo reminds me of the "rings" of the Grand Canyon. All those layers and layers of sediment in your photo . . . Worth examining.

    Oh, my goodness! That's a mini lobster! It's cousin? :) See? Even shell fish are more alike than they are different. Your photo brings to mind the debate about evolution. A Biology professor in college "suggested" to us that the answer to the question, "Did man evolve from apes" could be solved by the presence of today's apes. If man evolved from apes, then why are there still ape?." :) Makes me wonder how lobsters, crayfish, and crawfish are related and how they evolved.

    I saw my first crawfish farm several years ago. Erin and I were on our way to Beaumont. We saw acres of black land "planted" with thousands of crawfish condos. :)

    That last photo? Wow. I wonder what lives in that dark space? :)

    You and Susan have great adventures, and I so like your photographs. Thanks for making us feel like we tagged along.

    I haven't gone tripping in a while, but I would like to share something spectacular in return. I hope you will check it out. Hope you like it even more than I do, and that's hoping for a lot.

  3. Millicent- I am sorry to hear that there is a drought! Here's wishing you some wetter weather soon!

    Limner- Oh I had such a blast. This post really doesn't do it justice, but I was trying to type it out before bed. My "fav" brother is in town from Boston this week..which leaves little time for writing posts.

    I am not sure how Lobsters, Crayfish and Crawfish are related. They have to be in some way..but I have never gone looking for the answer. I suppose I will now..otherwise it will eat away at my mind. =P

    As for the dark spaces under the trees..there were definitely spiders and I would imagine other small bugs call that home too. Brad inspected it far more closely than I did. (I am not the biggest fan of spiders myself).

    Thank you so much for sharing that link! Such beautiful footage!! It reminds me of one of my favorite things to watch when writing. Planet Earth. If you haven't seen it I urge you to find a copy! Another that is beautiful is Life..though you must get the BBC version. The narration on the American version is done by Oprah..and while I have nothing against her..I much prefer David Attenboroughs narration.

  4. hello and yes crawfish are called crawdads in louisianna and they suck their little heads right off their body . Yes in Louisianna that little guy would have been toast LOL !!! I want to go to that national park too but it is so far away from us . Oh well hope you had a great time and fun .

  5. Oh, Misty, I love Planet Earth. I bought JC a copy. Or maybe it's similar, and PBS does a lovely one about Italy that is a lot like the one about Jerusalem. Life rings a bell, but I can't quite recall . . . Ahh, maybe I'm remembering Oprah's talking about it and showing bits on her show. I agree, Attenborough has the voice for it. Oprah tends to . . . Well, this is where I hear my mama's voice in my ear, telling me not to criticize unless I can do better. :) I want to say, But I am just critiquing, Mama." LOL. Am glad you liked it.

    The Masada fortress, or what is left, offered up a staggering view of Time and its effects. I will dig out my PBS catalog and order the BBC version. JC has to have the Blue ray versions. Aw! I could have given him the set (Life & Planet Earth) for his b'day. :)

    It's sweet to have a fav brother. I tell mine that a lot. He always reminds me that he's also my only brother. I hope you guys make some wonderful memories while he's home.

  6. Wonderful! I am on a mission to get my boy and out and about more this school year (we homeschool). I want to visit places like this. I'm already planning to do a monthly 24-hour adventure where we go and explore someplace new over the course of 24 hours. Thanks for sharing!