Monday, July 30, 2012

Virginia Kendall State Park

I grew up in Ohio: Cleveland to be more precise. Ohio holds some amazing treasures from parks with ledges and beautiful streams and rivers to the coast of Lake Erie and much much more. One place in particular that I love about Ohio is the ledges in Peninsula, Ohio.

Lauren, my girlfriend, and me in front of the entrance to Icebox Cave
Peninsula, Ohio is home to Virginia Kendall State Park. There are many beautiful rock formations, cracks, and crevices throughout the park. There are several trails I love to walk on and there is even a cave. Icebox Cave, if you really do want to call it a cave, is home to cave centipedes, brown bats, spiders, and other creatures who love the dark and damp atmosphere of a cave.

There are several very nice overlooks of the Cuyahoga River Valley as well as picnic areas. It is a nice place to take a hike. Literally.

Moss covered boulders : )
In the spring, the flowers are blooming, the air is cool but perfect hiking weather.

The snow is melting and the ground can be soggy but still provide a firm grip when traversing the slippery rocks.

Summer brings the heat yet under the canopy of the beautiful trees, there is shelter, there is shade. The warm breeze penetrates the foliage and the sun peaks through the trees to provide enough light for great pictures.

Fall brings the beauty out of the trees themselves. It brings in cold weather again, the red, yellow, and orange trees and provides some amazing views over the valley at the outlooks at the park.

Winter, though it may be cold, is stunning nevertheless. The gorgeous snow covered rocks and trees sure make up for the bitter cold winds that whip through the trees. Believe it or not, Icebox Cave stays warmer than the air outside in the winter, which is a nice change, although it still is cool.

Gorgeous girl...Oh look! Cook rock formations!
There are so many good parks in Ohio yet I still deem this my favorite out of all of them...So far.... : ) My Dad, cousin Dave, Rob, and I are going to Hocking Hills this coming Wednesday so when I report back with pictures and stories, I'll see if Hocking Hills tops my favorite Ohio that is. : )

Here are more pictures for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!

More gorgeous ledges...

We truly serve an awe-inspiring God!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Adventure Begins...

Greetings ladies and gentlemen. I am very pleased that you are reading my blog whether by recommendation or perhaps you stumbled upon it randomly via search engine or via some social media site.

The purpose of this blog is to provide, like many blogs out there, adventures from my trips, information about what I have learned about fly fishing, camping, hiking, and other sorts of outdoorsy things, tips on where the best places are to fish in SE Michigan NW Ohio, and more! I am learning every day about fly fishing, spin cast fishing, trapping, skinning, fly tying, how to read the water, and do's and don'ts of the great outdoors. I am not going to lie. This information may be redundant to some but for me, some of this is brand new or somewhat new. I am always open to suggestions and help! So, please, feel free to comment and help me! I also may dabble in crafts i.e. I love to rebind books like taking the actual reading material out of the hardback book and replacing it with blank paper. Who knows? I may sell the journals or give them away to those who decide to just drop me a line. ; ) *hint hint* (No fishing pun intended there but it was a good one I might add.)

Well, there you go, folks. I hope this blog is a success. I really do. I may not live in Colorado, Idaho, or Washington where the greats live and catch gorgeous trout and carp but I do have my fair share of fish here in good old Temperance, Michigan. I hope you join and enjoy my blog!

Sam Stone

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