A Day Worth Blogging About
Jul. 9, 2014 4:04 am
Updated: Jul. 13, 2014 7:26 am
Last summer Kristal and I discovered a super cool app for our phones: AllTrails. It's an app that will give you lists and lists of hiking trails near you. The list comes up, you choose a trail and you get a short description, photos, reviews, and directions.
We found that sometimes the directions lead you to "nowhere", but we always manage to find a trail of some sort to hike on so all is good! We combine that app with another really cool app called "America's Wine Trails". You guessed it - that app gives you
lists and lists of wineries! We couldn't wait for summer and our time together using these special apps. These hikes with our pooches have become a very important part of our summers.
On Monday we chose a hike that is also on the list for our county's "hike a trail" program. We want to complete that list and earn the badge. That trail was 4-1/2 miles but a very easy, flat trail. The day was over-cast but we figured we'd get a good
walk in before it would rain. We barely made it to the car ahead of the storm, but by the time we got to the winery things had cleared up pretty well.
Tuesday morning was another over-cast day, but once again we were willing to try and beat the odds. Since the day before's hike had been easy, but the last mile completed at almost a run to beat the storm, we decided on a short hike. We found one in the
Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area that would fit the bill. The name of the trail was Blue Hen Falls; and the description said there was a waterfall. With all the rain we've had lately we figured there would truly be water falling somewhere on this
trail! Kristal drove and I navigated while Suzy and Maggie happily sat on the backseat. They know what's going on and get excited as soon as we grab our packs and hiking shoes. We were less than 3 miles from the trail when the wind picked up and it began
to rain. Not just drizzle rain; POUR down rain in bucketfulls! We passed by the park's visitor center and a quaint store called Trail Mix. We made a note of that and continued to the trail. We figured we wouldn't be hiking it but we wanted to find it for
next time. Sure enough, we arrived at the trail head and it was still raining, though not as hard. The dogs were so excited we didn't want to disappoint them so we got them out of the car and walked them around the sign at the trail head. We've heard that
dog's have no sense of time - maybe they'd think they'd done the entire trail! LOL I could tell they were both pretty puzzled why we dragged them out of the car into the rain and then back into the car so quickly.
So the trip wouldn't be a total waste we headed down to the visitor center and quaint store. We each picked up a cute pin for our packs that say "I support America's National Parks". After spending some time in the visitor center and talking with a park
ranger the rain let up. Right outside the door was a nice, paved path - the towpath trail. So, we laced up our shoes and headed out for a walk. It was a nice path to stroll on and since it was paved, the dogs did not get muddy paws. Trail Mix was a cute
little store that had all sorts of neat things from t-shirts to food; a good "mix" of hiker's necessities.
We had not packed a lunch this trip; so I suggested we head down to a great homemade ice cream place that is nearby. Ice cream makes a great lunch! Rather than backtrack, I suggested we try a road that I thought would take us in the right direction.
As Kristal drove down the road it started to cloud up again and rain. We rounded a bend in the road and we both spied "IT" at the same time and had the same thought! Before I tell you what "IT" was, I'll give you some background. Kristal has a room in her
new house she is calling the "wine room". She has a fireplace in it and a couch and chair. She has plans to decorate it in "wine décor" and store her wine, glasses, etc. in this room. I had recently sent her a "pin" from Pinterest of an old piece of furniture
which had been turned into a wine cabinet. "IT" was the perfect piece of furniture for just such a project!! She quickly pulled into a driveway and turned around. It was sitting at the end of a driveway and was practically screaming at her to take a look!
As we looked it over and decided it would be perfect after a good cleaning and polishing up, we then began to wonder how much the owner's were asking when Kristal discovered the little sticker; "FREE"! Couldn't beat the price! This was an antique cabinet
that someone had once used as a TV cupboard. Jon is a carpenter and can work miracles with wood. Kristal was already ticking off the improvements 'daddy' would have to do to make this perfect; it needed a new back put on it, the wine glass holder built,
wine racks put in, the doors and hinges needed some work, but it would be beautiful when finished. Next issue was - would it fit in her Escape along with us and 2 dogs?? We got the dogs out and tied their leashes so we could assess the situation. We figured
if we could fit the cabinet in, we'd squeeze dogs around it for the ride home. After we had our ice cream, of course!
The cabinet slid into the back of her Escape with only inches to spare! There was a space between the legs of it where Suzy could fit just fine. Maggie is a cocker spaniel and she could sit up front with me. As we drove off we started to laugh. I could
just imagine some older woman peeking out her window, through her curtains watching the two crazy women pulling things out of their car to make room for her unwanted piece of furniture; then stuffing everything back in around it. We had to be quite a spectacle!
We each had a scoop of chocolate peanut butter and a scoop of banana ice cream and then headed home. Suzy seemed to sort of enjoy her seat in the far back of the car. She could watch out the back window and see where we'd been. It was a good thing that
Annie was not with us - there would not have been room for her anywhere in that car!
This fun day ended with us, along with Jon and Jake, at the restaurant enjoying music played by the DJ and seeing a few nice, classic cars. The rain cleared up enough for some brave people to bring their cars to the cruise-in. I love summer time!!