My Mountain Trail

The beginning

My Mountain Trail climbs one of the many ridges in Brecksville Reservation, providing vistas of the beautiful surrounding hills and valleys.  The deep forest and carpet of moss lends a feeling of a Tolkien fantasy to the experience.  You half expect a troll or elf to appear from behind a tree!

~ Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area Trail Guide Handbook, 2nd Edition

I first read that description of the My Mountain Trail several years ago when we were new to this area and just beginning to explore “the emerald necklace” of Greater Cleveland.  Since that time, the trail name has changed to the Salamander Trail and the Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area is now the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Picnic area near the trailhead

The first time we hiked the My Mountain Trail, the description in the trail guide was accurate.  I really did half expect a troll or an elf or even a hobbit to appear from behind a tree.  The area was green and lush and magical.  It was also in the summer when the trees were leafed out, and we’d had plenty of rains to keep the mosses and lichens green and happy.

Time to climb

I have been wanting to revisit this trail for so long that it’s possible I imagined or built up the magic of it.  The trail was different this time around, not nearly as green and beautiful as I remembered.

It didn’t take me long to realize the reason why.  We had come too early in the season.  There are not yet enough leaves on the trees to provide the feel of a deep forest path.  Even the undergrowth of the forest hasn’t had time to flourish and spread.

If we had waited just another month or two, I suspect it would have been as magical as my memory of it.  It is still a beautiful hike in the spring, with plenty of wildflowers dotting the landscape.

I’m hoping we’ll find time to go sometime this summer, when the leaf canopy is heavy enough to block the sun and sky, and shade the mosses and lichens.  We’ve had such warm, dry weather that most of the mosses looked yellowish and dry.

The snow threat has been nothing more than a threat so far.  They’ve kept snow in the forecast for tonight and early tomorrow morning.  The main threat we have right now is the wind.  I’m rushing to schedule this blog post in case we have a power outage.  The sustained winds are bad enough (17-20 mph).  The gusts (of up to 40 mph) are rattling the house.

Does it seem to you (as it does to me) that we have had more super windy days than in the past?  The last six months to a year have brought a lot of windy days to this part of the world.  Breezy Acres may have to be renamed Blustery Acres.

When it turns this blustery and squally, the wind reminds me of the story of The Three Little Pigs, and the big, bad wolf who would huff and puff and blow their houses in.  I can almost picture him out there, huffing and puffing, blowing off the roof shingles and rattling the house.  Fortunately, our house is not built of sticks or straw.  It has good bones and holds up well in gusty winds (except for the occasional roof shingle reminding us that it is getting close to the time when we will need a new roof installed).

Fallen trees

I reckon that’s it from the Bogs on this windy, chilly day.  Old Man Winter, who couldn’t quite get his mojo going during the winter months, seems determined to interrupt spring as often as he can.  Sooner or later he’ll have to move on.  In the meantime, bundle up and hold on to your hat.  It’s gonna be a blustery ride.


29 Comments on “My Mountain Trail”

  1. The first two pics are really beautiful!!

  2. sandy says:

    Just lovely. My kind of path!

  3. Maggie L R says:

    A beautiful hike through the woods, thanks, I have had my exercise for the day 🙂

  4. It’s been windy here, as well, today. Really, really windy. Hope you are spared the snow. Looks like lots of western PA has been hit. Any for your son and daughter-in-law in Pittsburgh?

    • Robin says:

      I don’t know, Kathy. It looked like it on the radar, but I haven’t heard from them today. It’ll be interesting to see what blows in with the wind tonight.

  5. milkayphoto says:

    Glad to hear your snow has held off. Perhaps, you will get lucky?

    Yes, I agree with you on the wind. MUCH more windy in the last few years than I ever remember it being. Funny, though, that you think of the 3 little pigs on windy days and I can’t help but think of Winnie-the-Pooh. 🙂

    • Robin says:

      I think we’re going to get very lucky, Tracy. They keep decreasing the chance for snow and it (the snow) looks to be all east of us.

      Winnie-the-Pooh often comes to mind on blustery days. Particularly Windsdays. But when the blustery wind is being so mean and growly, I think Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf. Plus I think you may be more Disney oriented than I am (probably due to an age difference, as I’ve noticed a certain generation likes vacationing there regularly). My oldest son and daughter-in-law and granddaughters are Very Disney People, with Disney World being their vacation destination once a year. I’m still trying to understand it. I like going to different places, exploring the real world, so one visit to Disney World in my lifetime was enough for me even though I grew up watching the Wonderful World of Disney and love many of their movies. I’m glad I got to visit, but have no real desire to go back unless it’s with my grandchildren. 🙂

      • milkayphoto says:

        If you experienced my Disney vacation, you’d understand. It’s full of exploration, great food and wine and amazing photo ops. There are many trips where we don’t go on a single ride.

        Three Little Pigs are greetable characters at Disney World.

        • Robin says:

          That’s understandable, Tracy. 🙂 I’ve often wanted to return to places we’ve visited because the experience (food, wine, photo ops, amazing landscapes, etc.) was so wonderful. Sometimes I have gone back, especially if we missed seeing things we wanted to see due to time or money or opportunity restrictions. And of course I frequently revisit places nearby because they are convenient, don’t cost much to revisit, and/or just to see what has changed.

          I loved Disney World, and do understand it’s not all about the rides. My granddaughters love breakfast with the princesses. Those who go back every year have a variety of reasons, as varied as they are. The difference for me is that visiting Epcot (for example) inspired me to want to get out and explore the world. I sometimes feel a little frustrated that I don’t have the time and money to visit all the places I’d like to see before I die, so I’m coming from a point of view where I’d like to see everything there is to see in the world, but I do realize that’s not everyone’s cuppa tea.

          I think I may have met the Three Little Pigs when I was at Disney World. 😀

  6. bearyweather says:

    Old man winter has dumped a lot of snow on us in the past week … I hope you are right and he moves on soon.
    What a glorious staircase …. looks like a great place to visit.

    • Robin says:

      I hope I’m right too, Bearyweather. I really want the weather to settle down into spring. Winter blew it’s chance with me by not giving us enough snow to ski or ice to skate on. It’s time for spring now. Maybe Old Man Winter needs an official eviction notice.

  7. Kala says:

    Gorgeous photos. Looks like heaven on earth to mer.

  8. Oh, that first image of the fresh green woods – absolutely lovely!

  9. aFrankAngle says:

    The first pic says “Let’s go for a walk.”

  10. mobius faith says:

    Verly nice series again. Makes me want to go back to the Brecksville reservation. Great stuff.

  11. Carla says:

    Seems it’s been windy in NOLA too. Gorgeous photos as always.
    I have a question, Robin– how do you feel about Pinterest? Is it ok to pin your photos (they would link back to your posts) or would you prefer no pinning? Sorry if you’ve already discussed this – I’ve been a bit out of touch recently with the bloggers I admire.
    Cheers! 🙂

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Carla. 🙂

      I keep meaning to check out Pinterest but I’m afraid it will lead to me spending even more time online. As for people pinning my photos, I don’t mind at all as long as they’re properly attributed in some way (link, etc.) so feel free to pin away. 😀

      • Robin says:

        P.S. I really appreciate you asking first. I suspect people do it anyway, without asking, but the courteousness is very nice. 🙂

      • Carla says:

        Yay! Your photos are often so inspirational… they’ll definitely be attributed. I am still figuring out PInterest – haven’t done much with it recently. I like real life better than images, but images are nice too! 🙂

  12. What a great place for a hike! Solid photos as ever!

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