Category Archives: Akron

end of a long weekend

Enjoyed a very restful four-day weekend filled with family, friends and fun. This morning, Greg and I hiked our now weekly Sunday trail.  We headed back to the Nature Realm. I wanted to take a couple of photos of the flowering trees in bloom. I’m thinking that there might be some baking this afternoon.

a spring re-opening of the Nature Realm

how we rang in 2010

This was the first year, in many, that I didn’t have to stay at work and run the First Night Akron events in our building. I worked during the day to make sure that everything was set, and then quietly walked out the door to my car at 5:05 pm. Confident that everything was in good hands. It was wonderful.

Greg and I headed over to Michele’s house to spend the evening with friends. There was lots of great food (Kathryn, your brownies…delightful!) games, and even a little Jersey Shore. Paula brought some Chilean New Year traditions to incorporate with the celebration.  They included walking around the block with your luggage (supposed to bring you the journey of your dreams). Eating 12 grapes before midnight (to promote health and prosperity). Placing a ring in your glass of champagne (love in the new year).

New Year’s resolutions for me? I’m not sure that I really have any. I just want to get through my list (3 down, 34 to go). Greg has resolved to no long say, “two thousand and” when refering to the current or future years. He’s now a “twenty-ten” kinda fella. I’m not sure that he could be any cuter.

Here are a few pictures of our slushy New Year’s walk around West Akron. It, of course, ended in a snow ball fight.

favorite photos of 2009

365 days, 4013 photos.

Happy New Year. To commemorate the start of the new year, I thought I’d take a moment to look back. These are my 50 or so favorite photos from 2009.Click here to see the entire set. To view a slideshow of the photos, click here.

Additionally, to view past collections: click here for 2008, click here for 2007.

holidayfest fireworks

After a great Thanksgiving visit to Greenfield with Greg’s family, we met friends in downtown Akron Friday night for the kick off to Holidayfest. The show ended with a nice fireworks display. This gave me chance to finally use the fireworks setting on my camera. I could use some more practice with this setting, but I was able to get a few good shots. One of which, I’m now using in my web site header.

 

blimp over the u

Greg and I did a little exploring around Akron this afternoon. First, we headed to The University of Akron campus to check out the new football stadium. All the while we were tailed by the Goodyear blimp, constantly monitoring our movements. Later we hiked one of the new portions of the Towpath Trail at Summit Lake.  A portion of the trail actually floats above the lake. This hike was a lesson in urban graffiti. I guess I was somewhat comforted by the peace sign…

mission complete

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This past Sunday Greg and I completed the Summit County Metroparks Fall Hiking Spree. After false starts for the last 9 years, we finally saw the process through.  We went beyond the minimum eight trails required; and hiked every last one on the list. It’s given us a real sense of accomplishment. I picked up our hiking staffs and shields on Monday. Now we’re already looking forward to next year.

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on golden pond

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I had a free afternoon today, so I thought I’d venture across the street to the park to capture some of the essence and colors of autumn. I think I must have picked the most perfect afternoon.  Temps were in the 60′s, some clouds were in the sky and the sun was in just the right spot for me to catch some pretty good photos at Alder Pond. The reflection from the changing leaves on the water was stunning. I don’t think these photos really do them must justice. There’s not a more beautiful place in the city of Akron than this park.  Greg and I are so lucky to have it right across the street from our house. I’m so glad the more motivated and active me didn’t spend the afternoon on the couch watching television. The real show is outside.

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birdhouse

smallfalls

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the hiking spree continues: trails 6,7,8 & 9

spree sign

It’s been quite a busy weekend. Friday night was, of course, bowling league. This week we bowled against a fun group of guys named David, Adam, Fred and Jonathon. We had a lot of fun.  I wasn’t so sure I was going to have fun after my first game of bowling only 8′s and 9′s. It was frustrating. I found my groove in the second and third games.  Greg was pretty proud of my progress.  And here’s a secret…bowling is way more fun when you are playing against a nice group of guys and doing well.  Who knew? Our team lost the first game…badly. But came back to win the second and third. Thank goodness for handicaps.

Saturday morning began with a hike in Norton at the Silver Creek Park.  We did the Chippewa Trail.  It’s a very diverse trail of forests and fields. At one point you come up on an old farm. That’s were I took the pictures of the barns below. After the trail we headed down the road to Wadsworth to check out the new Giant Eagle grocery store that opened last week. I’m a sucker for new grocery store openings. It’s a wonderful store. You can tell that they are going after the Whole Foods merchandising display philosophy. Greg and I made a couple of delicious salads and headed home.

After a brief rest, and an Ohio State win, it was off to Hudson to do another trail.  This time, the bike and hike trail.  Trail plusses: it’s flat and paved. Trail minuses: It’s straight and boring and once you reach the end, you turn around and come back the way you came.  But horray for two trails in one day. On the way home we stopped at the Cafe in Stow. Greg had raved about their turkey club sandwich. And after tasting it, I have decided that it is, in fact, the greatest turkey club sandwich in the world. To make it even better, it’s only $5.29. Seriously, if you have a hankering for a great turkey club, this is your place. Restaurant bonus: you get to dine with a great group of local senior citizens. 104 year-old Mr. Henry was there for dinner this night. He’s a legend at the Cafe in Stow.

Sunday morning after a great homemade breakfast of eggs, bacon, toast and iced coffee (have you tried the Pumpkin Spice creamer? So delicious.) we tackled the strenuous Sand Run Parcours Hike. It wasn’t so bad. There was a steep drop into the ravine and then, thankfully, a gentle climb back to the top.

Since we were already in the west Akron area, we headed out to another hike in near by Peninsula. The Deep Lock Quarry. It’s situated along a rail line, and legend has it that the area was once used as a Hobo Camp.  Every July the Metro Parks celebrates the Hobo lifestyle at the park.

So, in just three weeks we’ve accomplished the minimum number of trails to earn our hiking staff and shield for this year. Huzzah! But as I mentioned in an earlier post, we plan to hike all of the trails on the spree.  That leaves us just five more trails. Here’s our summary up to this point: 3 weeks, 9 trails, 6 cities, 15.1 miles of trails, 2 pretty-proud-of-themselves guys. Want to join us in on our final trails in the coming weekends? Drop me a line and I’ll send you the details on where we’ll be.

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our hiking spree began

forest path

Greg and I began our task of tackling the Summit County Metro Parks Hiking Spree. You have to complete a minimum of eight trails from the beginning of September through the end of November. As mentioned in previous posts, we attempt this every year with the intention of finishing the spree and earning our hiking staff and shield. It’s never happened. This year, Greg has set our goal to not just hike the minimum required, but to hike all thirteen trails. Well this weekend, we got three out of the way. Saturday, we hiked the Goodyear Heights Metro Parks trail that is right across the street from our development. Sunday morning we hiked a beautiful trail at the Gorge.  That’s Greg below, pictured beside one of the great rock cliffs in the Gorge. Finally on Monday we headed out to the Hampton Hills Metro Park and hiked one of the more strenuous trails in the system. It was worth it.  The rest of the pictures in this post are from that park. Including the picture above. That was my favorite part of the trail. It was like a forest wonderland. I particularly loved the bright green moss on the fallen trees. Little did we know of the hike up the many steps once you pass through this area.

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The entrance to our Labor Day trail. And boy did we labor through it.

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This set of steps at Hampton Ridge was a breeze compared to the very steep incline just a few hundred yards ahead of us.

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Greg at the Gorge Metro Park on Sunday morning.

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