Monday, May 25, 2015

South Chagrin Reservation (5/24/2015)

Sunday, May 24, 2015
Today's hike was in the South Chagrin Reservation. We followed Sulphur Springs Creek, first having to use stepping stones to cross the water.
Photo taken later from a bridge
looking down at where we crossed the creek
Small waterfalls
Water cascading down what looks like steps
Lots of stairs on this hike
We saw a couple of these 10' x 10' enclosures;
part of an earthworm exclusion experiment 
Look About Lodge (1938, built by the Cleveland Natural Science Club)
made from more than 300 chestnut logs,
with three stone fireplaces
Next we drove north on Chagrin River Road, alongside the Chagrin River.
Stopped to see a marsh full of yellow iris
with a few cat tails
Iris pseudacorus/Yellow Flag Iris,
beautiful but a non-native invasive
Heard and saw frogs, probablyRana clamitans melanota/Northern Green Frogs

Monday, May 25, 2015
Happy Memorial Day in Shaker Heights!
We went to the Pancake Breakfast in Thornton Park, and checked out the facilities including a 50-meter pool, splash zone, current channel, water slides, and tot pool.
Swimming pool with the sledding hill behind it
There is also outdoor basketball, sand volleyball, tennis, batting cages, a skatepark, and a sledding hill, as well as an indoor skating rink.
We could hear marching music as the Shaker Heights High School band approached.
The band at the end of the Memorial Day Parade
We walked in the opposite direction of the parade, passing cheerleaders from both the high school and middle school, then Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, a few politicians, fewer military veterans, a few sports teams, dance schools, gymnastics groups, a few antique cars...
Souped up car in the parade
A spankin' new sanitation truck
Finally a fire engine and the parade was over before we had walked a couple blocks!
19620 Chagrin Blvd (1847)
built by Manx immigrants William & Jane Kewish
19027 Chagrin Blvd (1836 left section)
built by Connecticut Yankees Asa & Chloe Upson
This is how those hanging baskets
start out in Shaker Heights;
check in later for an updated photo
The hanging baskets on 8/9/2015
on Lomond Avenue

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