Visiting Ohio - Day 1

I visited Ohio over a month ago now but I have been too busy to sort and edit my photos. I’m finally taking the time for that.

The purpose of the trip was to attend the JSBA AGM. That’s the Jacob Sheep Breeders Association Annual General Meeting—do you see what it’s abbreviated? I decided that if I was flying all that way I should take a couple of extra days to do some site seeing.

I had a flight that left Sacramento just after midnight and got in to Cleveland in the morning. I picked up my rental car and was on the road by about noon. My destination was Wooster, where I had a hotel room booked for the whole stay. Wooster wasn’t that far away so I wanted to take my time and see some sites before I got there. Cuyahoga National Park was on the way.

The Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area was created in 1974 and it became a National Park in 2000. There are other landowners included in the Park boundaries including local park districts. The Park is also part of the Ohio & Erie Canalway.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Boston store along the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath

The old town of Boston is right in the middle and the mid-1800’s Boston Store is the Visitor Center.

Towpath along the Ohio and Erie Canal

I spent a little time in the Visitor Center but wanted to get out on a trail. This is the towpath along the Canal.

Lock 32 on the Ohio & Erie Canal

Lock 32 along the Ohio & Erie Canal. In the 1800’s there was a grocery store to the right of the lock.

Flower in Cuyahoga Valley National Park

I stopped to take photos before I got very far and the minute I stopped I was swarmed by mosquitoes…well maybe not swarmed, but for me one is enough. I had a raincoat with me because the weather was iffy (although hot and therefore humid). So I put arms in the raincoat and just didn’t stop for more photos, at least not along the canal. I think I’d rather be hot than itchy.

Barn near Stanford House, Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Barn at STanford house in Ohio

I turned on the Stanford House trail. The Stanford House is a historic house where people can stay. This is the nearby barn.

Trail to Brandywine Falls

The trail continues on to Brandywine Falls. This was a beautiful hardwood forest.

Light through treees in forest

The weather changed from clouds to sun to sprinkles and back to sun. I love the light coming through the leaves.

Forest trees in Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Thistle in Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Brandwine Falls

Brandywine Falls.

Toad in Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Huge tree in Ohio forest.
Wooster overpass, Ohio

I spent a few hours at this Park and then meandered along some of the other roads on my way to Wooster.

NOTE: I guess I’m still too busy. It’s taken me three days to get through this one blog post and I’m not being very descriptive. I do enjoy getting my photos organized and re-living the experience that way, but I don’t like getting so far behind. I don’t even remember where Day 2 took me. I guess that will be a surprise for me when I look at the next day’s photos!