CVNP Blue Hen Falls and The Ledges 07/23/2023

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Last week @Bob stated that I needed to incorporate more roots, rocks, and mud into my training if I was going to survive the Thorofare.

Mud was sparse on today's hike, but I was able to check roots and rocks off the list. . . hopefully to Bob's satisfaction. :)

Mrs. TractorDoc joined me today for an early drive to Cuyahoga Valley. We tackled the out and back hike to Blue Hen Falls first. I posted about this short hike in previous report, so I'll skim over the details this time around.

The mile and a half hike to the falls follows some undulating terrain. Going up!

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When we arrived at the falls we had it all to ourselves. We knew it would not be long before others arrived though as we had passed several groups on the trail.

I had enough time to set the camera up for our picture. Still testing the range on the remote; it worked about half the time I wanted it to.

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We wandered downstream a bit. Technically there was some mud encountered here, but not likely to Bob's standards.

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Some scrambling on the way out. Roots -- check. Rocks -- check.

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Waterfall pictures before the party started.

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A quick ice cream break. . .

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Then it was off to an area called The Ledges. I would describe the ledges as a big chunk of exposed sandstone with a trail around the perimeter as well as across the top. This trail sign probably tells a better story.

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We started out from the Octagon Trailhead and worked our way up to the trail.

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The trail was a good choice for anyone looking to incorporate roots and rocks into their hike.

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Many pictures that follow are looking up at rock formations from different points along the trail.

Mrs TD said this one looked like a monkey face. I did not notice that at first, but now that I see it I cannot unsee it.

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Somewhere along the way I was pointing out some of the differences/transitions in geology to Mrs. TD, but here it seems I was not able to hold her interest. :)

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Ice Box Cave is fenced off to keep people out. Nearby postings mention that an endangered bat lives in the cave.

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Staircase built by the CCC back in the day. Where do those stairs go? :thinking: They go up, of course!

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After circling the ledges we took a quick walk up the towpath trail thru the Beaver Swamp.

Highlights included some flowers. Milkweed and Rose of Sharon?

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Possibly my favorite photo of the day. . .

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There was some wildlife too.

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At first I thought Hugh would be happy with the previous snapper shot, but then I saw this next one flopped out on a log. My focus is not as crisp as it could be, but that turtle had the @scatman smile mastered. :scatman:

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A stop at Ohio Pie on the way home -- this time I tried their Piggy Bird Pizza.

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GAIA GPS snapshot. Not the biggest mileage day, but it was more about the ups and downs today than it was the distance. ;)

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The End!
 
Last week @Bob stated that I needed to incorporate more roots, rocks, and mud into my training if I was going to survive the Thorofare.

Mud was sparse on today's hike, but I was able to check roots and rocks off the list. . . hopefully to Bob's satisfaction. :)

Mrs. TractorDoc joined me today for an early drive to Cuyahoga Valley. We tackled the out and back hike to Blue Hen Falls first. I posted about this short hike in previous report, so I'll skim over the details this time around.

The mile and a half hike to the falls follows some undulating terrain. Going up!

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When we arrived at the falls we had it all to ourselves. We knew it would not be long before others arrived though as we had passed several groups on the trail.

I had enough time to set the camera up for our picture. Still testing the range on the remote; it worked about half the time I wanted it to.

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We wandered downstream a bit. Technically there was some mud encountered here, but not likely to Bob's standards.

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Some scrambling on the way out. Roots -- check. Rocks -- check.

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Waterfall pictures before the party started.

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A quick ice cream break. . .

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Then it was off to an area called The Ledges. I would describe the ledges as a big chunk of exposed sandstone with a trail around the perimeter as well as across the top. This trail sign probably tells a better story.

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We started out from the Octagon Trailhead and worked our way up to the trail.

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The trail was a good choice for anyone looking to incorporate roots and rocks into their hike.

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Many pictures that follow are looking up at rock formations from different points along the trail.

Mrs TD said this one looked like a monkey face. I did not notice that at first, but now that I see it I cannot unsee it.

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Somewhere along the way I was pointing out some of the differences/transitions in geology to Mrs. TD, but here it seems I was not able to hold her interest. :)

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Ice Box Cave is fenced off to keep people out. Nearby postings mention that an endangered bat lives in the cave.

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Staircase built by the CCC back in the day. Where do those stairs go? :thinking: They go up, of course!

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After circling the ledges we took a quick walk up the towpath trail thru the Beaver Swamp.

Highlights included some flowers. Milkweed and Rose of Sharon?

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Possibly my favorite photo of the day. . .

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There was some wildlife too.

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At first I thought Hugh would be happy with the previous snapper shot, but then I saw this next one flopped out on a log. My focus is not as crisp as it could be, but that turtle had the @scatman smile mastered. :scatman:

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A stop at Ohio Pie on the way home -- this time I tried their Piggy Bird Pizza.

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GAIA GPS snapshot. Not the biggest mileage day, but it was more about the ups and downs today than it was the distance. ;)

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The End!

That snapper is looking quite content. I could go for laying on a rock, soaking up some sun, and pondering my next move.

Those stair shots are making my knees hurt just looking at them. :)

I think you are overtraining, on your next report I want to see a lot more ice cream shots and less uphill from you.

I think the Mrs. might be ready for some Yellowstone backcountry.

So what exactly comes on a Piggy Bird Pizza?
 
That snapper is looking quite content. I could go for laying on a rock, soaking up some sun, and pondering my next move.

Those stair shots are making my knees hurt just looking at them. :)

I think you are overtraining, on your next report I want to see a lot more ice cream shots and less uphill from you.

I think the Mrs. might be ready for some Yellowstone backcountry.

So what exactly comes on a Piggy Bird Pizza?

Overtraining? Says the guy who has been doing some insane mountain climbing for the past few months!

Looks like the Piggy Bird pizza is chicken, barbecue sauce, bacon, and crispy fried onions. If it has bacon it must be good.

And no one is REALLY ready for a Yellowstone adventure with @scatman !!
 
but a heavy pack is where?
Its on my back Bob! I spared you pictures of my posterior, but if you look at my picture by the waterfall you can see some shoulder straps and a hip belt.

That snapper is looking quite content. I could go for laying on a rock, soaking up some sun, and pondering my next move.
If you were a turtle this is exactly what I imagine you would look like. We need @Rockskipper to photoshop a little bicycle cap on him. :)

So what exactly comes on a Piggy Bird Pizza?
Kevin described it exactly. Either he has been to Ohio Pie before or he was able to read the menu.

And no one is REALLY ready for a Yellowstone adventure with @scatman !!
No one is ever really ready. . . and no one is ever the same once the adventure is over. Except maybe @Bob . :D
 
Great scenes (I'm filing these away for future MI to MD trips...) Love the monkey face! And I've never seen Rose of Sharon in the wild before. Was that near the ice cream shop (or somewhere else) and likely was planted?
 
I've never seen Rose of Sharon in the wild before. Was that near the ice cream shop (or somewhere else) and likely was planted?
I noticed it along the towpath trail North of the Beaver Marsh area. It was not near anything that I would call "civilized," but there is an overhead power wire in the area that probably gets some trimming/maintenance from time to time.

I think the park has done a nice job of incorporating/planting native flora in the area; these may have missed or bypassed for now.
 
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