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

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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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