Quail HollowPosted: October 21, 2012
In yesterday’s post (Earth’s eye), I mentioned that a nearby state park, Quail Hollow, is scheduled to be the first state park in Ohio where fracking is allowed to take place. Today the Coalition to Protect Ohio’s Parks with hikers from the Sierra Club, the Ohio Environmental Council, the Mohican Advocates, the Buckeye Forest Council, and some local people joined together for a hike to protest the fracking. It was an interesting and educational hike, with a naturalist, to show why it is important to preserve the park (and others like it).
When I first arrived, about a half hour early, it didn’t look like there was going to be much of a turnout as there were very few cars in the parking lot. Someone reminded me that this is Ohio, where everyone shows up late and everything starts about a half hour after the scheduled time. There were quite a few people there by 11:00 (the scheduled time), and after a few short speeches we set out on the hike (a half hour after the scheduled time, of course…lol!).
They could not have picked a better day for a hike. It was gorgeous out there, and the park itself seemed to be showing us its best.
If you want to know more about fracking in Ohio, you can click on any of the links I provided for the groups involved in the hike.
M and I hike at Quail Hollow frequently. Although I sometimes get a little confused on the trails, it’s a small park so even out there on my own I don’t worry too much about getting lost. Plus I know some of the trees well enough now to be able to tell where I’m at just by recognizing a particular tree. The trails are well marked where they intersect (and there are plenty of intersections out there in the woods).
We also learned to cross-country ski at Quail Hollow. We rented skis there, asked if there’s anything we should know as beginners (the advice we were given was to relax, put some bounce in our legs, and have fun), and took off on our own in hopes that we would get the hang of it without injury. As it turns out, we did, and liked it so much that we eventually bought our own skis and finally took a lesson a couple of years later (not at Quail Hollow — I’m not sure they have lessons there).
All this babbling is my way of saying we love the park.
The naturalist (I didn’t get her name or where she was from) taught us more than a few things we didn’t know about the history of the park, and about the flora and fauna of the park. Some of the birds were cooperating by being less skittish than usual, especially the woodpeckers.
I never realized how many burning bushes there are in the woods at Quail Hollow. The burning bush is not a native to Ohio (or the U.S. — it’s from China and Korea). Birds enjoy the berries from a burning bush planted in the suburbs, poop out the seeds in the woods, and the plants take off as more birds eat more seeds from the new plant. I never noticed them before the naturalist pointed them out. In the woods, because they don’t get direct sunlight, the leaves don’t get as red in the fall as they do when planted in someone’s yard.
The burning bush thrives in the shade, often displacing spring wildflowers and other natives. I remember reading somewhere (probably a newsletter from the Holden Arboretum) that if you like the burning bush, there are native alternatives you should plant instead.
I also learned how important it is to have grape vines in the woods. Birds tear off strips from the large vines to use as a base for their nests.
I learned enough to want to walk through the woods here at Breezy Acres and have a good look around to see if there’s something we should or should not be doing.
As for the fracking, I don’t know that it can be stopped at this point, but I can’t see giving up on trying to stop it, either.
It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.
~ Ansel Adams
That’s it from Quail Hollow and from the Bogs for today. Thank you for visiting. I hope you enjoyed the hike, and that your Sunday has been filled with joy, laughter, and a few wonders here and there.
People can be divided into three groups: those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who wonder what happened. Showing up is 80% of life.
~ Woody Allen