No April showers today!
We hiked a portion of the Lake to Lakes Trail (not to be confused with the Lake to Lake Trail that connects Lake Isaac and Lake Abram in Middleburg Heights!) Our trail links Lake Erie to the Shaker Lakes, starting (or ending) at Horseshoe Lake, which we have circumnavigated several times.
Today we started at the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, and circumnavigated Lower Shaker Lake.
|Nature Center at Shaker Lakes sign|
|View north towards the Lower Shaker Lake Dam|
|Bridge over Lower Shaker Lake Dam|
|Cardamine concatenata/Cut-leaved Toothwort|
|Ranunculus ficaria/Lesser Celandine|
|The lesser celandine is highly invasive and it is reported|
that from having been planted in (just) two yards,
it spread over 300 acres of parkland along the Rocky River
|Mystery stone block at the Brook Road and N Park Boulevard,|
which could have come from a 5-story grist mill (1843)
built by the North Union Shaker Mill Family
|Fancy bridge approach|
|Bridge over the Lower Shaker Lake Dam,|
with Brynne, Gus (dog), Kent, and Bob W
|Dam dropoff on the north side of the bridge|
|Trachemys scripta elegans/Red-eared Sliders|
|A Shaker boating ramp? (Not!)|
|Lower Shaker Lake seen from the N Woodland Road bridge|
|The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes|
|The All People's Trail (handicapped accessible)|
at the Nature Center