Quarry Trails MetroPark walk with Michael 2023-07-16
It was a beautiful summer day for a walk. Michael and I enjoyed a pleasant 2 mile walk and chat at Quarry Trails, then went out for Lunch at Ye's Asian Vegan Kitchen
WE FOLLOWED THIS ROUTE, ABOUT 2 MILES ALTOGETHER:
THERE WERE LOTS OF WILDFLOWERS ALONG THE WAY, FOR EXAMPLE...
SUNFLOWERS (Rudbeckia hirta)
QUEEN ANN'S LACE, also known as WILD CARROT (thank you Google Lens for this bit of information) ; WILD GRAPES; and POKEWEED
THE WALKING ROUTE INCLUDED A SEQUENCE OF PONTOONS ON THE LAKE WHICH GAVE A NEARBY VIEW OF A PAIR OF SWANS DOING SWAN THINGS, AND A GAGGLE OF GEESE DOING GOOSE THINGS.
JUST BEFORE RETURNING TO OUR STARTING POINT, WE ADMIRED THIS CREATIVE PLAYGROUND CLIMBER, AND A PAIR OF ZIPLINES WITH SEATS.
HAVING RECENTLY ENJOYED KAYAKING ON THE GRAND RIVER (by the Lake Erie shore east of Cleveland), THE P0SSIBILITY OF PADDLING AROUND THE TWO LAKES IN QUARRY TRAILS IS APPEALING. BESIDES A CONVENTIONAL BOAT LAUNCH RAMP
THERE IS A SPECIAL HANDICAP-ACCESSIBLE CANOE AND KAYAK LAUNCH.img src="IMAGES/_ezlaunch3.jpg" />
WILDFLOWERS WERE EVERYWHERE
MANY PEOPLE WERE WALKING WITH THEIR DOGS. THIS ONE WAS A STANDOUT:
THE SCENIC HIGHLIGHT WAS MILLIKEN FALLS:
THE FALLS ACCESS PATH APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN BUILT LONG BEFORE THE CURRENT METROPARK WAS DEVELOPED, WITH STEEPER AND UNEVEN FOOTING, ESPECIALLY IN THE DOWNWARD PATH BELOW THE FALLS.< p>
ALL IN ALL, IT WAS AN EXCELLENT WAY TO SPEND A SUMMER MORNING!