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100 Days of Summer: Day 25- Minister Creek Overlook

A post marking the path of the North Country Trail
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And while we’re here in the Alleghenies, might as well take a look at the Minister Creek Overlook.

I’ve written about htis hike before: Trailhead at a small, primitive campground. 7 Mile loop around the valley that connects to the North Country Trail at the backend. A rail-to-trails huke along a stocked creek. and a really cool hike to the top of a rock outcropping giving you a fantastic view of the valley.

A nice hike for the summer or fall, and worth checking out.

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100 Days of Summer: Day 24-Go Camping to your Hearts Content

Tionesta, Allegheny National Forest.
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Hearts Content recreation area area in the Allegheny National Forest is a bit of a haul from us, but it’s one of my favorite areas.

The Main Draw is the camping area: 26 family sized sites that rival the best commercial campgrounds.

There’s the 11-mile hickory trail through old-growth forest ( Cook’s Forest is nearby too.) These old growth forests were basically private homesteads that were not deforested 100 years ago like the rest of the area. Compare the look of these areas to the rest of the Alleghenies and you’ll see what I mean. For as nice as they are, the Alleghenies are the result of serious conservation and preservation efforts.

Also, bring a compass. There’s a nice orientation area to put your skills to the test. plan on spending an afternoon teaching the kids how not to get lost.

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100 Days of Summer: Day 22- Moraine State Park

Regatta and Hot Air Balloon Festival at Morain...
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OK Susan.

Work Buddy Susan has been after me to post about Moraine State Park. Especially Since we’ve walked around it with the post on Windsurfing and McConnells Mill.

I Like Moraine. It’s a multi-use park off 19 and 422 on the other side of New Castle. Not too far, and lots of Activities.

Sure we mentioned the Windsurfing. There’s a beach with concessions, nice bay for kayaking, Picnic Areas, frisbee golf, 10 Boat launch areas for motorboats, sailboats and fishing.

For Hikers there’s 28 miles of hiking trails, 7 mile paved bike trail and 7 mile Mountain bike trail. The north Country Trail Passes through the Park, with a camping shelter on site for through hikers. Also, There’s a guided tour for Cars along Washington’s Trail through the area.

But Wait! There’s More. The Lake Arthur Regatta, Rental CAbins, Primitive Camping, Hunting Areas, Winter activities…You get the idea. Get out and take a look. This is a good weekend Because the Balloon Fest is also taking place in Newcastle, so you’re going to be in the area anyway, right?

And Joe, I Think I’m Ahead.

There’s a Camping shelter on the

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100 Days Of Summer: Day Nine-Bike the Towpath Trail, Catch a Train for $2

Rt. 82 Bridge, Brecksville
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You’ve got to try the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. Normally it runs from Northern Akron to Independence road in Cleveland. To hop on on one of these stations costs $15 per person per day. The train goes through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and the round trip takes about three hours. But you can get off at any stop: Visit Hale Farm, The shops at Penninsula, Take in a special event at Boston Mills.

Sounds fun. The Kids will like it. But there’s a way to save $13 per person and still get all the advantages. Bring your Bike. See, for $2, you can flag down the train at stations along the Towpath Bike trail and board the train. There are special cargo cars on each end to hold your bike. Then you can disenbark when you want.

Take the train north and Bike Back to your car. Or Bike until you’re exhausted and ride back in the comfort of a restored passenger car. The choice is yours.

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ODNR's "National Get Outdoors" Day Evants and Activities

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COLUMBUS, OH – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) invites Ohioans and visitors to celebrate the annual National Get Outdoors Day this weekend by ramping up participation in outdoor activities. Get outside and get active at one of Ohio’s scenic state recreation areas.

There are many ODNR activities and events scheduled across the state that will help individuals and families reconnect with the outdoors and jumpstart a healthy lifestyle.

Many of State Parks have an array of events and activities slated for this Saturday and Sunday.  Go to for the latest on events in your area.

Those who are seeking beautiful trails can visit ODNR’s Ohio trails web site, It provides a comprehensive list of ODNR hiking, biking, mountain biking, ATV and equine trails statewide. Once the final phase of the web site is complete, it will provide outdoor enthusiasts with interactive features that will allow them to find trails that best suit their needs and abilities.

For the wildflower lover, don’t miss the latest ODNR Natural Areas Discovery Series event on Saturday, June 12.  The Ladyslipper Open House will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Portage County and is a rare opportunity to see one of Ohio’s most lovely wildflowers – the pink lady’s slipper orchid – blooming naturally in this unique wetland area.  This event is limited so please reserve your place by calling 440-632-3010.

For parents who are looking for an exciting, hands-on outing that will get the youngsters involved in the outdoors, this weekend is a great time to get involved in the ODNR’s free Explore the Outdoors program. It provides Ohio parents and youth leaders with an easy guide to lead Ohio’s young people, particularly those in grades 1-5, into the outdoors. The program also provides an interactive online resource that families can use to find exciting outdoor activities and events.

The program’s engaging activity guide recommends a variety of fun outdoor activities, including Spot a BirdHike a Trail or Camp Under the Stars. All of the activities in the book can be accomplished at state parks, forests, preserves and wildlife areas throughout Ohio. Families can also complete some of the activities at local parks, green spaces or even at home.

Explore the Outdoors participants can find special activity completion codes posted at welcome centers and kiosks in participating ODNR and partner facilities statewide. Children who enter at least two codes on the Explore the Outdoors web site,, will receive a printable certificate signed by Gov. Ted Strickland. Participants are also eligible for prizes the more codes they enter online and if they send in the detachable postcard.  Special Explore the Outdoors events are also posted on the Explore the Outdoors web site.

The Explore the Outdoors web site provides activity guides for free download and a listing of special Explore the Outdoors events. Parents can contact 614-784-PLAY (7529) or explore@dnr.state.oh.usfor additional information or to request activity guides and program resources.

ODNR appreciates Explore the Outdoors sponsors who share a desire to improve the health of Ohio children and families by getting them outdoors. Sponsors include ODNR Division of Recycling, ODNR Division of Watercraft, American Heart Association, GreenBird and Highlights.

National Get Outdoors Day is an inclusive, nationwide effort focusing on a single day when people are inspired and motivated to get outdoors. Partnerships between federal, state and local agencies help make Get Outdoors Day a healthy, fun day of outdoor adventure aimed at reaching first-time visitors to public lands and reconnecting children to the outdoors.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR web site at

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Geocaching in McConnells Mill at Hell's Hollow

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National Get Outdoors Day:MRC Kayak, 31-Mile Picnic and Hike to PA

Jamie On the River
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Taken Directly from the Mahoning River Consortium Newsletter and Website:

Special June Event: “31-mile Riverside Picnic Party”
When: June 12, 2010 (sunup to sundown).
Where: All along the Mahoning River!
What: The idea of this event is to get as many families, groups, and individuals of the Mahoning Valley as possible to picnic somewhere, anywhere, along the river on this day. The goal of the MRC’s is to get folks to see the beauty of the river, so they will want that beauty embellished by the cleaning of pollutants from the river bed. We would like canoers, kayakers and motor boaters to cruise the river that day; and hikers and runners to cruise the shoreline. We picked June 12 because that is the second ‘National Get Outdoors Day.’

BYOK: From Mill Creek to Center Street
Start Date/Time: Saturday, June 12, 2010 10:00 AM
End Date/Time: Saturday, June 12, 2010 1:00 PM
Recurring Event: One time event
Importance: Normal Priority
Category: Recreation
Description: Today is “National Get Outdoors Day.” The Mahoning River Consortium is participating with a “31-mile Riverside Picnic Party.” This special kayak is offered for ADVANCED kayakers with their own boats. Free, but call FNC by June 11 to register and for details
Along the Mahoning
Start Date/Time: Saturday, June 12, 2010 8:00 PM
End Date/Time: Saturday, June 12, 2010 10:00 PM
Recurring Event: One time event
Importance: Normal Priority
Category: Hikes & Walks
Description: We’ll support the Mahoning River Consortium’s participation in today’s “National Get Outdoors Day” with this hike to Pennsylvania and back. You’ll be treated to wonderful views of the Mahoning River! Meet at the newly repaved Stavich Bicycle Trail at the eastern end of East Liberty Street in Lowellville. Moderate difficulty due to length and hill, 4 miles.
Recreational Hikes are generally fast-paced for outdoor exercise.
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Womens Hiking Boots from Amazon

OK, So here’s the Bestselling Women’s Hiking Boots from Amazon.

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