Way back in 2012, Barley and I took my cousin to the Lake Metroparks Lake Erie Bluffs park. We hadn't had the blog long then and our visit wasn't even exciting enough to warrant a blog post. It was a beautiful place, but at that point, there was about a half mile of trail and it was far enough away that it didn't make sense to drive that far to walk so little.
A few weeks ago, I was trying to decide if we should walk after agility so we could get some more mileage towards our resolution goal. If we waited to walk in our neighborhood, it would be dark, so that meant we needed to go to a park. Our usual park with our deer friends was far enough away that we wouldn't get much of a walk there, but then I remembered that Lake Erie Bluffs was closer and on the way home so we could do a few loops and get at least half the mileage we hope for each day.
We were surprised to see that there were now several miles of trail and a new observation tower. We weren't able to explore much because of the fast approaching sunset, but I decided we'd have to come back soon.
Last Friday seemed like the perfect time. I had a coupon for a free chicken biscuit at Chick-fil-a and Soth needed some more food, so I decided Barley and I should make a day of it.
Of course, as soon as we pulled into the parking lot at the park, it started raining, but it had been doing that off and on all morning, so we sat in the car for a few minutes and the rain was over in a few minutes.
|I was trying to get a good Banned Books Week picture in my The Metamorphosis shirt--I look weird, but I love how Barley looks at me.|
We were so impressed with how much the park has grown since we were last there. There were a couple miles of paved/gravel trails an then several grassy trails through the woods.
We didn't venture up the observation tower because there were small children listening to their voices echo as they shouted off the top and they made Barley nervous, so we just admired it from a far.
There were also a lot of wildflowers (weeds?) growing along the trail that made the grey day a little more colorful.
There weren't many people there, so we didn't have to worry about finding off-leash dogs on the beach (there's one tiny part of the beach that's an off-leash swim area, but we have seen off-leash dogs in other areas on our few evening visits).
For some reason, every time we go on the beach, Barley loses her mind and has to fight with her leash. I don't know if there's something about having her feet in the sand that gets her amped up or what, but I always enjoy watching her tangle herself and then untangle herself and kick up lots of sand in the process.
Grey days are always my favorite for visiting the beach because of the way the water looks against the sky.
But Barley was less enthusiastic about the bigger waves that grey days usually bring.
Leaves are starting to change colors, so we took some pictures with the lovely fall colors, too.
|And we made a new friend.|
In addition to the observation tower, they've added in a few overlook platforms and some nice spots with benches to stop and enjoy the views by the lake.
|This will probably be stunning in a couple weeks.|
We couldn't believe how much the park had changed since our first visit. It's a really lovely place to walk and we're looking forward to many more visits.
We ended up exploring most of the park and getting in our daily three miles. Barley and I highly recommend visiting Lake Erie Bluffs if you ever find yourself in our area!