Day 36, Monday, August 20, 2018
Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio
Monday was my second day in Cuyahoga Valley National Park and I intended to make the most of my day! I hadn’t slept well the night before though, so it took a bit to get going.
I started with a short walk to the Everett Covered Bridge, the last remaining covered bridge in Summit County, Ohio. There used to be over 2,000 covered bridges in the county! Sadly, though, this one is a reconstruction. The original Everett Covered Bridge went over Furnace Run, and was based on an 1869 Smith Truss design, but the date of construction is unknown. In the flood of 1913, the bridge was damaged, but repaired. In 1975, a spring storm destroyed the original bridge for good. A local fundraising campaign earned enough money to rebuild the bridge, and this historically accurate reconstruction was completed in 1986.
After checking out the bridge, I found a spot next to Furnace Run to relax for a little bit and watched some trail riders take their horses in the shallow water. It was so peaceful!
Next up was a 3/4 mile (each way) walk to the Hale Farm, where the first buildings were constructed about 1825. This living history farm is privately owned, and closed on Mondays, so I didn’t get to see it except from the fence line, but it was still a nice walk and cool to check out. We don’t have anything that old at home in the Pacific Northwest!
I went over to Beaver Marsh to try my hand at wildlife spotting. Jackpot! The marsh has a wooden boardwalk going over it, so you can walk out over the water. It was amazing! I saw snapping turtles, painted turtles, wood ducks, song birds, a Great Blue Heron and lots of fish in the water. I spent quite a bit of time in one spot, watching what I thought was a snapping turtle but wasn’t positive. I wanted to wait to see if he would move – and he finally did!
It was a nice relaxing day, and I enjoyed seeing more of the park, and doing the series of shorter walks. Even though I spent two days there, I still feel like there is way more to see there; I will certainly have to come back!
That evening I went to the grocery store to replenish my food, and spent another night at the Streetsboro KOA. It rained hard that night!