My kids really liked the “Owl Prowl” we took last month at O’Neil’s Woods, so we went on a “Full Moon Night Hike” at the Nature Realm on Saturday night. It was a lot colder this time — about 22 degrees — but the naturalists had a big bonfire going to warm us up before and after the hike. Although it wasn’t on the program, the naturalist played owl and coyote calls during our hike to try to get a response. Unlike our “Owl Prowl”, we didn’t have any luck. But after the hike, as we drank hot chocolate and stood by the fire, searching the clear sky for different constellations, we heard a coyote howling, over and over. There is just something so cool about that, and not just because it was 22 degrees.
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gets the muddy trail. The fall hiking spree ends tomorrow, November 30, and I was the only family member who hadn’t finished my eight hikes. (Because of illness and my open studio hours, we had to split up some of the hikes, which meant my daughters finished over a week ago, my husband and son finished Sunday and I finished today.) So I went to the trail at Goodyear, where the parking lot was empty. I took my phone and little camera and set off under the grey sky. I had only gone a few steps when I tripped over nothing but my two feet, and went down like a brick. I actually got a hole in my jeans and a bloody knee! Fortunately the rest of the trip was uneventful, other than trying not to get my boots soaked in the puddles. The point is, I’m done, done, done.
I’ve toured several “historical” buildings in Akron, including Stan Hywet, Hower House and the Old Stone School. But I’ve not been to the Perkins Stone Mansion, let alone for one of its ghost tours. If you’re interested, the remaining ghost tour dates for this year are October 28 and November 18. You’re supposed to bring a flashlight … spooky! Tickets are $15 per person and children under 16 are not permitted. Reservations are required (330-535-1120). Regular blog readers may remember my experience last October when my husband and I did a “Ghost Walk” in Fairport Harbor. This would definitely be different …
If you’d prefer a free Ghost Walk, head over to Kendall Hills tomorrow night between 6:30 and 8:30. There will be one-mile-long lantern-lit hikes around the lake, with costumed characters telling stories of the past. I’d really like to take the kids to that one but it looks like illness has reared its ugly head in our house again.
It’s a fact that a majority of adults and kids are overweight, yet PE has been cut to once a week in most elementary schools. So why can’t schools offer parent-child exercise classes (yoga, line dancing) or open gyms (for basketball, jump roping) in the evenings? An open gym wouldn’t cost anything, and to pay an instructor or two $50 a week to teach a class doesn’t seem out of line. Have everyone who takes a class pay $1 to help defray the cost of the instructor and sign a waiver form. It makes sense to me.
One of these kayaking or canoeing trips along the Cuyahoga River, based in Kent and run through Kent State University. http://www.kent.edu/crookedriver/paddling.cfm Maybe my husband and I can do this on a date before the summer’s out?
I decided that this summer the kids and I would go on hikes 5 days each week, mostly to make sure I get exercise. I figured it’d be good for them too: the nature, the bonding, the fresh air, the exercise, and oh the memories of this glorious summer o’ hiking. Of course they pretty much can’t stand it, despite my best efforts to keep it interesting (we have yet to repeat the same exact trail), cool (we usually go before 9 a.m.) and hydrated (I carry lots of iced water). I have to admit that in my quest to hike a different route each time, I’ve chosen some pretty lame hikes (North Fork Trail in Bath Nature Preserve, for example). To make matters worse, I tend to get lost, which prolongs the agony and puts us in odd situations like walking across people’s lawns on busy Miller Road in Fairlawn. If I play my cards right, the kids will be counting the days until they go back to school. Actually, they’d rather just whine and complain about it every day. But really, once we’re doing the hike and see things like a deer cross right in front of us, some frogs in a pond or some super-long snake curled up in rocks by the river, they have to grudgingly admit that it’s actually “kind of cool”. In any case, they won’t soon forget this summer!
We were in Dayton on Sunday to see “The Lion King” and after the performance, we drove to the river to take a walk before the long ride home. The Metroparks there have done a super job of developing the area, with a pavilion, spray fountains for the kids, swings that sit atop an overlook of the Great Miami River, and bike trails that go on seemingly forever. Definitely a place to add to our “future road trips for biking” list. BTW, I can also verify that Dayton has great art and science museums. (The Air Force museum is also there but we’ve not been there yet — it’s not quite my thing though it’s supposed to be an excellent museum). (Also, if you’re a Norman Rockwell fan, there will be a special exhibit at the Dayton Art Institute November 12, 2011 through February 5, 2012.)
I’ve always been a nut about bike helmets, and thank God for that. Today my son, who is usually such a zippy and skilled razor scooter rider, hit a patch of dirt as he was going down a hill and fell face first. The front part of his helmet that sticks out was knocked off and lay a few feet away, so I knew that at least his helmet had hit the ground. But fortunately it was only his helmet, and not his head. Without a helmet, though, God only knows what condition he would be in. With the helmet, he just has a headache. Again, thank God for that.
What more could you want? From 5-7 p.m. at Summit Artspace, 140 E. Market St. in Akron, I’ll be showing 12 works of art created in 2011 and 2010, all using recycled stuff, in the smaller BOX gallery on the third floor. I’ve been working crazily trying to finish pieces for this show and can’t wait to relax at the reception! There will be live music, refreshments and lots of people because the “Fresh and Current” show on the first floor in the Summit Artspace Gallery and the Ohio Collage Society Show in the bigger BOX gallery on the third floor also open that night. My studio’s right next to the BOX, so be sure to stop by. If you can’t make the reception, the exhibits will be up until April 16. Check out my Web site at www.sunthingspecial.com to see when I’ll be around.