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    The Best Places to See Spring Flowers near Cleveland

    With winter almost behind us, it’s time to start planning visits to see the spring flowers bloom, and I’m sharing the best spots in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio region. Check out where to see cherry blossoms, daffodils and bluebells this spring! Brookside Reservation Part of the Cleveland Metroparks, this is a popular destination for family photos, senior portraits, etc., and it’s easy to see why! The area is small, but the perfectly aligned trees is a sight to see in the spring. This part of the part is found at Cherry Grove Picnic Area. It is located along the south side of John Nagy Blvd. in the Old Brooklyn neighborhood…

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    The Best Trails in Cuyahoga Valley National Park

    I’m often asked for the best trails in Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP). Since the park is quite vast and stretches from Cleveland all the way to Akron, there are a ton of trail options to choose from! I encourage people to try and see as much as they can since really, you can’t go wrong anywhere you go. But, I finally decided to jot down my absolute favorite trails which includes two harder and two easier hikes. I would consider these “lesser known” trails, beyond the obvious and most popular spots in the park such as Blue Hen Falls, Brandywine Falls and the Ledges. 1. Salt Run Trail This…

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    52 Hike Challenge: Month One Recap

    As promised, I’m holding myself accountable to complete the 52 hike challenge this year. This entails hiking once a week in 2018. Every month, I plan to recap the hikes that I completed. This is the first of twelve recaps. Hike #1: Lake Erie, 2 miles My first hike of the year was a little unique. Lake Erie completely froze over at the beginning of January, making it accessible to walk on the frozen water. I at Edgewater Park and descended down to the water to walk. There’s something really cool about being able to walk on areas you typically can only experience either swimming or by boat. The hike…