Thursday, October 23, 2014
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
As I recall hearing, Brandywine Falls (pictured here) is the second tallest waterfall in Ohio. I walked to the upper viewing platform and further to stone building ruins. Took a few photos there and backtracked to the boardwalk to the lower viewing deck. Did not go all the way down to the lower deck (I had lots of more walking to do today). Got a couple photos and headed to the Boston Store.
There, I watched the movie about the Park and its inception. The big take-a-way I got from the video is that addition of the Towpath Trail was huge in the development of Cuyahoga Valley NP. Previously, it was just an urban National Park.
Next stop was Peninsula, OH and Lock 29. I did not find the lock, but could see this would be an interesting spot to ride my bike. I continued South find the Everett Covered Bridge. More walking to get to the bridge. I could not find a reasonable spot to photograph the bridge span over the river.
Since I had not found Lock 29, I headed North to the Canal Visitor's Center. There. I was able to see the old, manual canal lock. More canal memorabilia in a museum at this location. While in the area, I drove the Tinkers Creek Gorge Parkway. Here, I saw the best Fall colors of the trip. Was going to photograph Bridal Veil Falls, but I did not see it. Walked the boardwalk a bit, but i was getting tired, did not to climb the steps back up from the river, so called it an afternoon.
Back to the hotel. Started processing photos from the day. I was getting tired, so got horizontal, stretching my legs. Finished the photos and changed for dinner.
I had dinner plans with a Case classmate and fraternity brother. Another fraternity messaged about getting to get this evening - we made it a threesome. Had Mexican food at Marcelita's (I had not eaten Mexican yet on this trip, so it was a nice change from burgers).
Had great conversation over dinner (and well after). Lots of reminiscing. We basically closed the place. Thanks for an enjoyable evening, Dave K and Dave R. in hoc.