Tag Archives: Nature

Ice Bubbles

Foolishly I thought we might be done with winter here on the North Coast.  Today we woke up to 3″ of wet snow.  Guess we will be having a white St. Patrick’s Day!  I was considering going shopping today for … Continue reading

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Fun in the parks! Lake Metroparks Adapted Programs

One of the gems here in Lake County, Ohio, is our Lake Metroparks system.  Great places to hike, play and swim are minutes away from our homes.  Each season they publish Parks Plus!, a big book of programs and activities … Continue reading

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The Rhododendron Thermometer

This winter’s first REALLY cold temperatures are predicted for the North Coast next week, a high of 12 degrees F (!) for Tuesday.  Time again to talk about the Rhododendron Thermometer.  The illustration above shows leaf droop as temperatures drop. … Continue reading

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Turkey Trot

A couple of weeks ago I was mightily surprised to see a flock of wild turkeys in a field near Andy’s workplace.  Today I got a chance to see them up close.  I counted 16!  Only had my phone so … Continue reading

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Son of Porch Toad

Another toad!  My mother went outside to sweep the dried leaves off the porch and found Son of Porch Toad on her deck.  This toad made himself a cozy bed in a re-purposed skillet.  Kind of ironic, eh? Son of Porch … Continue reading

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Porch Toad Returns!

Actually, Porch Toad never left.  I am the the one who returned.  I am at my mom and dad’s for a few days.  My mother and I came home after dark last night to find Porch Toad waiting for us. … Continue reading

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Rock House – History and Geology

Just when you think the terrain could not be any more amazing in the Hocking Hills, after you’ve seen the wonders of Old Man’s Cave, Cedar Falls, Ash Cave and all the other natural features of the Hills, then go … Continue reading

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Ash Cave – A Natural Wonder

Even more spectacular than Old Man’s Cave is Ash Cave.  It is truly awe inspiring.  From the Hocking Hills Visitors Guide: Ash Cave — the largest recess cave in Ohio— is perhaps the most awe-inspiring feature of Hocking Hills State … Continue reading

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Cedar Falls – Barely There

This summer’s drought has affected Ohio in many ways.   Our lakes and streams are shadows of their former selves.  Cedar Falls in Hocking Hills is one of those places greatly altered by the lack of water.  This is what … Continue reading

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The challenge of Old Man’s Cave

If you’ve been to Old Man’s Cave, you’re probably saying, huh?  It’s not a challenging hike.  And I agree, the hike to the cave is not bad.  HOWEVER, until the end of October, 2012, the biggest challenge in the Hocking … Continue reading

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