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Mill Creek Park: Fellows Riverside Gardens

Bob and I spent this past Saturday (August 9th) at Mill Creek Park.  Mill Creek Park, which encompasses more than 2900 acres, is a metropolitan park located in Youngstown, Ohio.  It was Bob’s first visit to the park.  I had visited the park one time before, a little more than a year ago, with my friend Marge.  During our visit in July 2013, Marge and I concentrated on two park sights — the historic Lanterman’s Mill and the suspension bridge that spans Mill Creek.  Bob and I visited those two park sights, but we visited other park sights as well.  Our first stop was at the northern end of Mill Creek Park, at Fellows Riverside Gardens.

Fellows Riverside Gardens is a twelve-acre public display garden that features a landscape of diverse and colorful plant displays and flowers, as well as scenic vistas.  We arrived at the gardens at approximately 8:30 AM.  We spent the next 1 1/2 hours exploring the grounds.

The first garden that we entered was the DeYor Concourse, located at the back entrance of the D.D. and Velma Davis Education & Visitor Center.

DeYor Concourse

We then followed a path along the right side of the concourse through the Shade Garden.

Shade Garden

The path through the Shade Garden brought us to the Seasonal Celebration Plaza.

Seasonal Celebration Plaza
Sommer Fountain

From Seasonal Celebration Plaza we followed a walkway through the Perennial Garden to the South Terrace.

Perennial Garden

From the South Terrace there is a magnificent view of Lake Glacier.

The Kidston Pavilion is located on the South Terrace.
Yew and boxwood hedges enclose the Rose Garden.

The Kidston Pavilion provides a unique setting for weddings, as does the Gazebo located a short distance away.

Gazebo

From the gazebo you can see Sommer Fountain, located in the Seasonal Celebration Plaza.

From the North Terrace you can see the Kidston Pavilion on the South Terrace.

From the North Terrace we wandered back toward the parking area, where we visited the Dahlia Garden and the Family Garden.

Dahlia Garden

Bee on Dahlia

Scarecrows lined the fence enclosing the Family Garden.

Entrance to Family Garden
Our granddaughters would have had fun in Family Garden.

Family Garden

Family Garden

Bob and I enjoyed our visit to Fellows Riverside Gardens very much.  The gardens are lovely in the Summer and would be just as beautiful during the Spring, Fall and Winter months.  I would like to make a return trip in each season.

I have more photographs to share from our visit to Mill Creek Park.  Stay tuned for additional blog posts!

Michigan Vacation – Day 1 of 6

Day 1 of our 6-day Michigan vacation began on Wednesday, August 7th.

Wednesday was a traveling day. I drove the car; Bob followed on the motorcycle.  We departed Warren, Pennsylvania, at approx. 9:15 AM and rolled into Norwalk, Ohio, around 1:15 PM.   Norwalk was an intermediate destination.  Our final destination was Interlochen, Michigan, where we attended a Vulcan Riders and Owners Club (VROC) motorcycle rally.   When we left Warren, it was cloudy.  It started to rain just east of Painesville, Ohio.  The rain stayed with us all the way to Norwalk.  The downpour was heavy at times.

We spent the night at the Best Western Norwalk.   Our hotel room was stuffed full of furniture: 2 queen beds, a night stand, an end table, desk and chair, refrigerator with microwave on top, dresser with flat screen TV.  As you enter the room there is a closet, a bathroom sink and door leading to the small bathroom.  The room was nice but very crowded.   We stayed at this same hotel on our way back home from Interlochen.  We asked for a room with a king-sized bed.  There was more space in that room.

After checking into the hotel, we ate lunch at Berry’s Restaurant, which was located a couple miles from the hotel in the heart of Norwalk’s Historic Business District.  The ambiance, service and food were all good.

Berry’s Restaurant

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Bob at Berry’s Restaurant

It stopped raining and the sun came out, while we were eating lunch.  We went for a walk after lunch.  Norwalk’s Historic Business District appeared well taken care of.

Huron County Courthouse

Old Huron County Jail

If you would like to read about the Huron County Courthouse and Jail, you may do so in this Wikipedia article.

Gardiner-Hipp Building

Pohl’s Park
This park is located on the site of a men’s clothing store.

Shops along Main Street

We traveled approximately 211 miles on Wednesday.  We could have traveled farther.  Our original travel plan, though, was to travel separately.  The original plan was for me to leave mid-morning, and Bob was supposed to leave around 4:00 PM, after work.  Bob decided to take the entire day off work, and we traveled together.  I liked the change in plan.

Mill Creek Park

My friend, Marge, and I visited Mill Creek Park this past Thursday (July 11th).  It was the first time either of us had visited the park.  Mill Creek Park is a metropolitan park located in Youngstown, Ohio.  The park was founded in 1891 by Youngstown attorney Volney Rogers.

Statue of Volney Rogers

If you click on the link for Mill Creek Park, provided above, you will see that there is much to see and do at Mill Creek Park.  Marge and I concentrated on two park sights: the historic Lanterman’s Mill and the suspension bridge that spans Mill Creek.

Lanterman’s Mill, Waterfall and Covered Bridge

Lanterman’s Mill was built in 1845-1846 by German Lanterman and Samuel Kimberly. It was restored in 1982-1985.

Main floor of Lanterman’s Mill

We were able only to tour the main and upper floors of the mill, as the water wheel (located on the bottom level) was being worked on during our visit.  We were the recipients of an informative discussion of the mill’s history and operation, while on this main level.  This mill operates today as it did in the 1800s, grinding corn, wheat, and buckwheat.  In addition to not being able to tour the bottom level of the mill, we were not able to go out on the observation deck overlooking Lanterman’s Falls.  I do wish to return to Lanterman’s Mill not only to see the mill in operation but also to get closer to the waterfall!

Lanterman’s Mill Covered Bridge

We arrived at Lanterman’s Mill shortly after 10:00 am.  It was lunchtime by the time we completed our visit at Lanterman’s Mill.  At the suggestion of one of my cousins who lives near Youngstown, Marge and I ate lunch at Thano’s Family Restaurant in Canfield, which was only a few miles from Mill Creek Park.  I would definitely eat again at this restaurant.  The service was excellent; there was a wide variety of menu choices; the meals that we ordered were delicious; and the price was very reasonable.  Thank you, Nancy, for an excellent restaurant suggestion!

After lunch, we returned to Mill Creek Park, in search of a suspension bridge that we had seen photographs of while browsing the gift shop at Lanterman’s Mill.  We didn’t have a map of the park and rode along several park roads without seeing the bridge.  We found ourselves in front of the park police station, so we stopped and asked direction to the bridge.

The Suspension Bridge, located on Valley Drive, was erected in 1895.  The bridge was designed by Charles Fowler of the Youngstown Bridge Company.  The Suspension Bridge spans Mill Creek and measures 86 feet long and 32 feet wide. It has been called the Silver Bridge, the Cinderella Bridge, the Castle Bridge, and the Walt Disney Bridge.  When we were driving round and round on the park roads we happened upon a young man on a bicycle.  We asked him if he knew the location of the Suspension Bridge.  He referred to the bridge as the Cinderella Bridge.

We walked across the Suspension Bridge.

 

On the western side of the bridge is one of several trails in the park.

Marge climbed up to the top of the stone steps so that I could take her picture.

 

Marge was not going in there!

 

Both Marge and I want to return to Mill Creek Park with our respective husbands.  I think an Autumn visit would be pretty.

Idora Neighborhood Mural

Today my friend, Marge, and I went on a day trip to Mill Creek Park in Youngstown, OH.  I will share details and photographs from our visit to Mill Creek Park in a separate blog post.  In today’s blog post I want to share with you a beautiful mural that we saw shortly before we reached Mill Creek Mall.

Idora Neighborhood Mural

This mural is 90 feet long and 15 feet high and represents the past, present and future of the Idora Neighborhood.  Marge and I both commented on how new the mural appears.  It is a recent sight in the Idora community, having been completed in July 2012.  The mural includes pictures of the former Wild Cat roller coaster at Idora Park, Lanterman’s Mill in Mill Creek MetroParks, a young girl who lives in the community blowing bubbles with the bubbles floating past a group of local residents and ending at a community garden.

Ohio Day Trip: Paine Falls

Bob and I went on a day trip to Ohio this past Saturday (April 6).  We saw three waterfalls, a covered bridge and a few birds.  In my previous blog posts I shared photographs of Brandywine Falls, the Everett Road Covered Bridge, the Beaver Marsh and heron rookery — all three of which are located in Cuyahoga Valley National Park.  The second waterfall that we saw was right in the middle of Chagrin Falls.  We visited the third waterfall on our way home from Ohio.

Paine Falls

Paine Falls is located at Paine Falls Park, in Leroy Township near Painesville, OH.  It is an easy stop for anyone traveling Interstate 90 between Erie and Cleveland.

This is the second time that we have visited this waterfall.  Our first visit was in early August last year.  There hadn’t been much rainfall, so we saw very little falling water during that visit.  Provided below is a photograph from our August 2012 visit.  Notice the big change in water volume between that visit and our visit this past Saturday!

Paine Falls in August 2012

 

I don’t know what it is about this waterfall.  It was raining here, during our first visit.  It rained again during this visit!

This concludes my blog posts about our day trip to Ohio.  I hope that you enjoyed seeing the sights through my camera lens.

Ohio Day Trip: Chagrin Falls

Bob and I went on a day trip to Ohio this past Saturday (April 6).  We saw three waterfalls, a covered bridge and a few birds.  In my previous blog posts I shared photographs of Brandywine Falls, the Everett Road Covered Bridge, and the Beaver Marsh and heron rookery — all three of which are located in Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

After photographing the Great Blue Heron at the rookery, we left Cuyahoga Valley National Park and ate lunch at a nearby Texas Roadhouse.  We both enjoyed steak entrees.  After lunch we drove to the picturesque village of Chagrin Falls, which was about a 30-minute drive from Cuyahoga Valley National Park.  The second waterfall that we saw during our day trip was right in the middle of Chagrin Falls.

There are two vantage points from which to see the Chagrin Falls waterfall.  A boardwalk leads down to an observation platform from each vantage point.

From the first vantage point you can see the boardwalk for the second vantage point (opposite side).

View of falls from first vantage point

In addition to viewing Chagrin Falls from the observation platform of the first vantage point, we ventured down to the river bed for another prospective.

View of Chagrin Falls from the river bed

The next photograph was taken from the second vantage point.

This is the second time that we have visited this waterfall.  Our first visit was in early August last year.  There hadn’t been much rainfall, so we saw very little falling water during that visit.  Provided below is a photograph from our August 2012 visit.  Notice the big change in water volume between that visit and our visit this past Saturday!

Chagrin Falls in August 2012

 

After looking at the waterfall, we climbed back up to Main Street.  We went inside the Popcorn Shop, where Bob enjoyed a cup of coffee and I enjoyed a Vanilla Custard cone.   Bob said that the coffee was good.  The Vanilla Custard cone was so rich and creamy; delicious!.

The Popcorn Shop

PopcornShop

There was one more thing about Chagrin Falls that we liked … MOTORCYCLES!

I mentioned to Bob that we should ride to Chagrin Falls on the motorcycle one day.  He agreed.

Ohio Day Trip: Beaver Marsh and Heron Rookery

Bob and I went on a day trip to Ohio this past Saturday (April 6).  We saw three waterfalls, a covered bridge and a few birds.  In my previous blog posts I shared photographs of Brandywine Falls and the Everett Road Covered Bridge, both of which are located in Cuyahoga Valley National Park.  We made two other stops, while in Cuyahoga Valley National Park.  We went for a walk at Beaver Marsh and visited the heron rookery along Bath Road.

The park’s description for the Beaver Marsh says to “look for beavers, otters, muskrats, and waterfowl along the wetland boardwalk”.  We didn’t see any beavers, otters or muskrats.  We did, however, see a Cardinal, a Red-Winged Blackbird, several Tree Swallows, ducks and a goose.

Red-Winged Blackbird

Red-Wing Blackbird, in flight

Tree Swallow

Tree Swallow

Tree Swallow

When I see a goose, I usually see a pair of geese.  This goose was by itself.

We met a very nice girl, by the name of Cheryl, at Beaver Marsh.  We arrived at Beaver Marsh at about the same time, walking to the boardwalk together.  I asked Cheryl if she was familiar with the park and learned that she is a regular visitor to Cuyahoga Valley National Park.  I then asked directions to the heron rookery .. take a left out of the parking lot, go to the light and make a left onto Bath Road.  You can’t miss it.  By the way, if Cheryl hadn’t called my attention to the Red-Winged Blackbird shown in the first photograph that I shared, I would have missed seeing it.  Before we parted ways, I asked Cheryl if she had a card.  She did (I should carry my card with me more often!).  When you have a chance, check out Cheryl’s nature photographs, itscherylsnature, on Smugmug.

From the Beaver Marsh we drove to the heron rookery on Bath Road, per Cheryl’s instructions.  She’s right.  We couldn’t miss it.  Cars were lined up along the side of the street.

Great Blue Heron Rookery

his is one of several trees in which the great blue herons built nests.

We arrived at the heron rookery around 12:30 PM.  The afternoon sun was harsh.  I would like to return to Cuyahoga Valley National Park next Spring and visit the heron rookery during the early morning hours.  I am positive that I would be much happier with the results of my photography during those hours than in the afternoon!

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