Sunday, June 12, 2016

Towpath Trail XIII (6/12/2016)

Sunday, June 12, 2016
Today we hiked from Lock 27 to the Ira trailhead.
Furnace Run Bridge abutments for an iron bowstring truss
that carried the canal over Furnace Run
Furnace Run, where the thrum of the cicadas was the loudest
Hunt House at Hunt Farm, one of many farms taken over
by the Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Greens and blue
Chrysemys picta marginata/Midland Painted Turtles,
many covered with duckweed
Spittlebug excrement
Cornus amomum/Silky Dogwood
Cuyahoga River
High water level in canal
Lemna minor/Lesser Duckweed
Nuphar lutea/Spatterdock
Spatterdock flower
Nymphea odorata/White Water Lily
Beaver Marsh boardwalk
Beaver stockpile?
Unidentified blossom, possibly a vine
The highlight of the day: Chelydra serpentina/Snapping Turtle
He is turning around...
I think we see the back of his head...
Lock 26, or the Pancake Lock; the 1828 flood stranded boats here,
when supplies ran low, all they had to eat were corn meal pancakes...
I call it the Water Lily Pond
Another snapping turtle
We stopped for cold drinks at Szalay's Farm
As did many bikers
A very large market of local and imported produce
(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 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. On September 27, 2015, we hiked between Quaker Steak on Canal Road and Lock 38. On October 4, 2015, we went between Lock 38 and Alexander's Mill. On November 8, 2015, we hiked from Alexander's Mill halfway to Station Road Bridge. On November 29, 2015, we went from Station Road Bridge halfway back to Alexander's Mill. On December 6, 2015, we went from Station Road Bridge to Red Lock. December 13, 2015 was between Red Lock and Boston Store. On February 28, 2016, we hiked from Lock 29 back to Boston Store. The hike on March 27, 2016 was from Lock 29 to Deep Lock Quarry. On April 24, 2016, we went from Deep Lock Quarry to Lock 27.)

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