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Monday, August 20, 2012

More from Cuyahoga Valley National Park

We had arrived at Cuyahoga Valley National Park on the evening of August 14th, and had done a little exploring at that time. But it was our first visit to this particular park, and we were having trouble understanding how it was laid out. So, on the morning of August 15th, we sought the guidance of a Park Ranger. He was very helpful, and we left the visitor center well armed with suggestions for things to do and see.

First on the list was a hike to a pretty little waterfall called Blue Hen Falls. It's been dry in that area, so this waterfall probably didn't have as much water going over it as usual; but it was still lovely.

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Blue Hen Falls
The ranger had told us that there was another nice waterfall on up the trail from Blue Hen Falls, but the trail wasn't maintained by the Park Service; and the waterfall was on private property. Still, we tried to find it but gave up after walking across an almost dry riverbed. As dry as the river was, we figured there couldn't be much water going over the falls.

So we hiked back to our vehicle and did a driving tour, visiting some of the scenic areas. Here are a few pictures from that drive.

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Duck on Horseshoe Pond
 
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Bee on Pink Flowers Near Beaver Marsh
The ranger had recommend a hike on the scenic Ledges Trail, which we did late in the day. I had to use a flash on most of the photos I took on that trail. It was dark on the trail, because of the trees and rock walls of the area, even though it was still pretty bright outside of that location.

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Stairs on Ledges Trail
 
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Beetle on Ledges Trail
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Tree Growing from Rock on Ledges Trail
This national park was different than most others we've visited, but it was perfect for our little three-day anniversary getaway. It's a hiker's and biker's paradise, with trails everywhere, even in smaller parks outside of the national park.

I'll have one or two more sets of pictures to share with you in future posts. Stay tuned.

6 comments:

  1. The pictures are great. I'll stay tuned.

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  2. This looks like a very lovely place to visit. I like those trails and the waterfalls.Looking forward to seeing the rest of the pictures.

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  3. Awesome sunset in the previous post, Linda... We need to go back to Cuyahoga sometime. The Ledges Trail looks gorgeous... Thanks for sharing... There was a little more water at Blue Hen when we were there. (We saw a Blue Hole Falls in GA on Friday.) Pretty area, wasn't it?

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  4. I enjoyed each one of your photos. Your flash did a good on the trail. Sounds like a wonderful way to celebrate an anniversary. Happy anniversary!

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  5. love that tree root in the last! and that sweet hen and her reflection. :)

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  6. Lovely photos, Linda. That tiny waterfall is endearing.. as is that moulting mallard.

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