The Sugar House

Ducking under a low hanging branch

To get to the Sugar House, the Maple Museum, and the Pancake House, we will have to continue through the woods a little bit further.  There are easier ways to get there if you don’t want to hike through the woods, but what fun would that be?

Holden’s Sugarbush area was used for maple syrup production for over 30 years.  (If you’re interested in Ohio maple syrup production, I wrote this post a few years ago.  It’s not the be-all and end-all article on maple syrup in Ohio.  Just a brief intro.)

Another look up at the gorgeous golds and yellows

The arboretum stopped their maple sugar production in 2006 in order to conserve the forest.

And what a beautiful forest it is!  I’m so glad it’s here for us to enjoy.

As gorgeous as it is in the forest, I suppose we ought to find our way out or we’ll never get to the Sugar House.

Following the path

I just realized that it has been three days since I last picked up my camera and took a photo.  While that isn’t earth-shattering or record-breaking, it is unusual for me.  I’ve gone outside on walks without it, enjoying the walk for the sake of the walk rather than constantly scanning and capturing.  It’s been a lovely break.

The Sugar House

Here we are, finally.  At the Sugar House.  It was all closed up on Wednesday, as were the rest of the buildings.  I don’t know if or when they open them.  I will pay closer attention to the activity calendars I receive from the arboretum to find out when they’re open to the public.  I’d love to go inside.

Speaking of the Holden Arboretum activity calendars, I was contacted by their graphics person back in September about one of my photos of the Blue Wall (specifically, the 11th photo in this post).  They wanted to use it in their winter activities calendar.  I was thrilled and naturally said yes.  I waited until now to mention it because I wanted to be sure the photo was used.  We received our copy of Leaves Magazine yesterday and there it was.  My photo (with photo credit, of course).  How exciting!  A big thank you to Jackie at the Holden Arboretum.  (I don’t think she’s reading/visiting my blog, but you never know.)

Maple Museum

M and I are trying to decide which hike to take this winter.  They have an ice caves hike that sounds interesting and challenging.  It involves icy conditions, tight squeezes (claustrophobia, anyone?), and boulder climbing.  But I bet the photos one could get on such a hike would make it worth the challenge.  It is worth thinking about, but not over-thinking about.  Over-thinking about any challenging endeavor often leads me to chickening out.  That almost happened with the Blue Wall hike last January.

Not sure what this building is other than some kind of shed/storage area.

Today’s outdoor adventures involved work including using the push mower to mulch the leaves on the front lawn and working in the garden.  I also spent time just generally enjoying the fresh air, warm temperatures, sunshine, and lovely deep blue sky.  What happened to November?  Where is the snow?  There is not a flake to be seen, not even in the 10-day weather forecast (which we all know could change drastically at any time).

The Pancake House. Heavily processed because, quite frankly, it was a terrible photo. Still is, but at least it's a little more interesting. Maybe.

Well, we made it the Sugar House, had a look around the buildings from the outside, and now it’s time to leave the woods.

I’ll be back tomorrow with some scenes from the Layer Rhododendron Garden.  Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you enjoyed the walk in the woods and the visit to the Sugarbush area.  🙂

Maple leaf detail on the Sugar House

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43 Comments on “The Sugar House”

  1. skip704 says:

    Love the light on those leaves. It’s wonderful.

  2. skip704 says:

    Oh, is that your picture of the ice formations on page S7 of Leaves magazine? It’s wonderful! I have a picture in the same issue. It’s on page 18…the People’s Choice photo from the members photo exhibit. I walk at Holden two or three times a week. Is that a coincidence or what?

    • Robin says:

      It is, Skip! I had to run upstairs and grab the Leaves magazine to have a look at your photo. It’s wonderful!! I can see why it was the People’s Choice photo. 😀 Amazing coincidence.

      How lucky for you that you can walk at Holden so often. It’s about a 45 minute drive for me. M and I decided to become members in the hope that with money invested, we would get up that way more often. We still don’t get there more than once or twice a season. More so in the winter now that we’re cross-country skiing. I want to try snowshoeing up there this year.

  3. Pat Bean says:

    I’ve been inside writing all day so I needed this walk. Thanks.

    • Robin says:

      You’re welcome, Pat. I hope your writing is going well. Having followed a few writers during NaNoWriMo, I know from reading that it can be exhilarating, stressful, and a combination of all sorts of things at the same time. Good luck, and I look forward to reading your book when it’s published. 🙂

  4. Lovely Fall colors, congrads on your photo publication, neat!

  5. Kathy says:

    Thanks for the Sugar House tour, Robin. I liked the walk in the woods, as well. We’ve been mowing the leaves off our yard, too. The wind was so fierce today it kept blowing the leaves around faster than we could process them.

    • Robin says:

      You’re welcome, Kathy. Glad you enjoyed it. I know you have your own beautiful woods to enjoy. 🙂

      If it’s windy there, it will soon be windy here. Thanks for the weather report.

      • Kathy says:

        Laughing, Robin. As I was typing the “weather report” last night, I thought, “You better write something more relevant than this!” But what is more relevant than weather? I thought about telling you about my son’s Sugar Shack that he and a friend fixed up during high school.

        • Robin says:

          I agree, Kathy. The weather is very relevant, especially this time of year. I meant to add a smiley face after my “thanks for the weather report” as I really was thanking you. It’s good to know what’s coming. 😀

          A Sugar Shack, eh? Sounds interesting…

  6. Congratulations on being published! Those were fantastic photos – I’m not surprised that someone asked to use one! 🙂

  7. I’m so glad you took that walk (and brought your camera) your photos took me along with you!

  8. Kala says:

    Gorgeous images of of the maples changing colors.

  9. Chloe says:

    those colours are so lovely & the sugar house looks like an interesting place to visit

  10. ElizOF says:

    As always, excellent photos…. For some reason, i thought the places you mentioned were local eating houses or diners. 😆 I suppose I’d dig up some information to learn about them… quite fascinating.
    Congrats on your photo addition to the calender. You could probably create one too… you have many gorgeous photos that would be calender perfect. 🙂

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Elizabeth. 🙂

      I did look around for info on the Sugar House, etc., but couldn’t find much of anything other than what I already mentioned in the post.

  11. Mats says:

    Super nice captures, well done!

  12. Wonderful to have walked with you. Now on to my own pancakes this morning! Hope you’re having a lovely weekend.
    Kathy

  13. Oh, I so needed this sunny walk through the forest today as our skies are laden with heavy gray. Thank you, Robin.

  14. penpusherpen says:

    I’m having an emotional time at the moment Robin, it seems every ‘special’ day is filled with memories of what I would’ve been doing with Bess, My girl… I know it’ll fade but for the time being I am washing my eyes and clearing my vision.. (and making my nose ever so red ) … The photo’s of the forest pulled at me the most..I could almost hear the rustling of the leaves as I walked along the leaf laden path. I know I shouldn’t kick at the leaves (me being a grown up 😉 ) but I can’t resist!! Great to walk along with you and ‘see’ the Maple Leafed Sugar House, I feel better already… deep breath and … off I go… xPenx

    • Robin says:

      Hugs to you, Pen. I still have those kind of moments years after losing CJ the Wonder Cat. And of course you should kick at the leaves! That’s part of the fun of autumn.

      Hope today is better for you. 🙂

  15. With colours like that, the hike through the woods was definitely the best choice, and congrats on having a picture used… As for the ice hike.. That sounds like a must… 😉

  16. Karma says:

    Don’t look for the snow, Robin! It will find you all too soon – I am convinced of that! Congratulations on your publication!

    • Robin says:

      lol, Karma! My husband was just saying this morning that Mother Nature will likely make us pay for this beautiful weather we’re having.

      Thank you. 🙂

  17. giselzitrone says:

    Wunderschöne Fotos vom sonnigen November wünsche einen schönen Tag und Grüsse dich lieb Gislinde

  18. Amazing – the Blue Wall is just amazing! The picture with the guide gave it some good perspective, too. I also love the maple leaf carved into the wood of the Sugar House – nice texture, perfect for autumn. Perhaps a sugar house would more likely be open in the late winter, early spring?

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Barbara. 🙂

      The amazing-ness of the Blue Wall was hard to capture in photos. It’s so BIG and so beautiful. It was a little like taking photos of a mountain. The picture isn’t nearly as good as being there.

  19. CMSmith says:

    Some of those pictures look like they should be paintings. You really have a gift.

  20. Dana says:

    Congratulations on having your photo published! You have so many great ones– maybe you should publish your own coffee table book one day! 🙂


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