#MENTOR SENIOR CENTER: SENIOR HIKING GROUP, SEPT-OCT 2012 ORCHARD HILLS PARK

The hikers meet every Thursday morning at 9 AM at a different park or natural area in Lake County.

Nick Standering, Recreation Coordinator, organizes the walks, and Tom Yates, retired Holden horticulturist, hikes with us and acts as an informal interpretive guide—they don’t come any better.

     Tom Yates pointed out Blue Cardinal Flowers among the traditional Red.

It was great weather for hiking in this little jewel of a park in Geauga County—clear, sunny and cool.

In fact, one of our hikers was so overcome by the perfection of the weather and the ambiance and the company that she jumped into the lake, came out with a stick in her mouth,

and then rolled around on it for the sheer joy of it all.

My Take on Northeastern Ohio parks:  They’re priceless.  Vote for Lake Metroparks’ replacement operating levy on November 6.

Thank you Tom for creating the September/October schedule!

9/6:  Mentor Lagoons (Marsh Trail) 8365 Harbor Drive, Mentor

9/13:  Pete’s Pond Preserve:  2255 Rockefeller Rd.  Wickliffe, Lake County Metro Park

9/20:  The West Woods, 9465 Kinsman Rd. on State Rt. 87 just east of State Rt. 306;  Geauga Park District

9/27:  Whitlam Woods, 12500 Pearl Rd.  Hambden Township, Geauga Park District (near Big Creek Park)

10/4:  Hidden Valley Park North, 6500 River Rd.  Madison (Lake Metro Parks)

10/11:  Thompson Ledges Take I90 to State Route 528 in Lake County. Head South on 528 to Geauga County Thompson Road in the community of Thompson. Head East on Thompson Road approximately one half mile to park entrance on the right.

10/18:  Hach-Otis Preserve, 37142 Skyline Dr. Willoughby Hills  State of Ohio Preserve.  (Great Trails and vistas)

10/25: Chapin Forest West: 10381 Hobart Rd. Kirtland

The center will not cancel the hikes due to inclement weather; we leave it up to each individual participant if they feel it’s safe.

Please bring plenty of water to stay hydrated as July looks to be pretty steamy!

Contact Nick Standering, Mentor Senior Center Recreation Coordinator at  standering@cityofmentor.com for a monthly schedule of interpretive walks.

Photos © Carole Clement

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