Sunday, September 27, 2015

Towpath Trail IV (9/27/2015)

Sunday, September 27, 2015
(We hiked the "first" section of the Towpath Trail that follows the old Ohio & Erie Canal on July 6, 2014 from Harvard Road to the Marcy Trestle. We started at the Canalway Center near the trestle and walked to the overpass of Route I-77 on November 9, 2014. On December 26, 2014, we walked between the I-77 overpass and Quaker Steak on Canal Road in Valley View.)
This time we walked the Ohio & Erie Canalway Towpath Trail between Quaker Steak on Canal Road in Valley View and Lock 38.
Former Valley View Schoolhouse (c. 1940) at 6075 Canal Road
Thornburg Station, the northern end of the
Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad
At this point, the Cuyahoga River was
perhaps 20 feet below the level of the towpath
Lock 39 and its bypass
Ardea herodias/Great Blue Heron
Lock 39 and the iron strap to hold the pivoting end of the lock gate
The bypass looks like it could be a fun waterslide
A waste weir to rid the canal of excess water when it rises above 4 feet
Art Deco-ish Stone Road bridge (1950)
Symphyotrichum novae-angliae/New England Aster
Lock 39 still has its gates
Lock 39 (and the lockkeeper!)
Linaria vulgaris/Yellow Toadflax or Wild Snapdragon
Solidago gigantea/Giant or Late Goldenrod (Achoo!)
Time for the Oncopeltus fasciatus/
Large Milkweed Bugs
Backtracking past Lock 38

Monday, September 28, 2015
Harvest Moon, it looks more like Halloween

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