Last weekend, the weather was beautiful. I couldn't stand to stay inside! I headed out on Sunday for Cleveland area to visit some friends. Afterwards, I hit up the Lake Erie Bluffs of Lake Metroparks.
Located in Perry Township, this 600 acre metropark contains essential wetlands, rolling meadows and crucial undeveloped Lake Erie beachfront. I'm a sucker for the water- river, lake, stream or pond. This beach showcases a natural lakefront- untouched by human developers. The sandy bluffs it offers are not only visually appealing but home to many native and rare vegetation.
Among this vegetation is the Fringed Gentian, Gentianopsis crinita. It grows along the sandy slopes created by the long gone glacier that shaped the Great Lakes. Luck was shining down, in the form of the sun. The fringed gentian only opens its spectacular blooms when the sun is out. It tends to stay closed up tight when the sky is overcast, looking like a twist of blue and purple construction paper.
Blooming it was, an entire bluff floored with the indigo firecracker of a flower, highlighted by the bursts of goldenrod. Just the sight was enough to catch your breath- how potent the physical effect nature can have on one! It's nothing short of phenomenal (to me at least) how this rare flower with it's white and purple-blue vertical striping and rebelliously frayed edges can change my entire view in a millisecond.
If you don't believe me, go see it for yourself. You can check out this ethereal beauty locally at the Castalia Quarry MetroPark. Or take a road trip along the lake. Stop often and plant your bare feet on the ground, look with your eyes, listen with your ears and let it write all over your heart.
Just go somewhere.
Upcoming Classes & Events
Mondays 6-7 a.m. — Morning Stretch Yoga. About Face Fit, 12306 SR 13, Milan, Ohio 44846. Bring your own mat or blanket. All levels welcome. Start the week off right with this early morning yoga class! Fast-paced flows to get the energy going. $8/class
Tuesdays 7-8:15pm — Meditation- Converging Paths Meditation Center, 7-8:15pm
Wednesdays 7-8 p.m. — Yoga- About Face Fit, 12306 SR 13, Milan, Ohio 44846. Bring your own mat or blanket. Come join me for a gentle yoga class to refresh and restore your body and mind mid-week. $8/class
Saturday, September 28, 10 a.m. and Monday, September 30, 2 p.m. — Park PALS- Looking at Leaves- The Enchanted Cottage, East Sandusky Bay MetroPark. There are almost 1000 species of trees in North America! We will compare leaves from various trees at Stockdale Arboretum to see if we can identify them! Registration Required.
Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Harvest Happenings, Osborn MetroPark. Don’t miss the best family festival in Erie County!! Two days of fun-packed activities for everyone—Firelands Pioneer Power Association. Tractor & Engine Display, children's pedal-pull, Back to the Wild display, Petting Zoo with the Ohio Horseman’s Council of Erie County, food and craft vendors, Sandusky Children’s Museum activities, MetroParks Nature tent, hay rides, and much, much more!!
Sunday, October 6 — 5th Annual Erie MetroParks Run Like An Animal 5k Trail Run/Walk– Sun, Oct 6, 8 am registration, 9 am race. Osborn MetroPark. Pre-registration is $15 before Sep 20, then $20 race day registration. Download a registration form . Sponsored by Erie MetroParks and Firelands Area Runners Club.