July 12th: Today was a rainy day at Lakeside, but that didn’t stop us from riding our bikes and getting out for the occasional walk during the breaks in the rain. After hanging out in the house for a while working on a puzzle, we headed to Hoover Auditorium for a concert given by a Columbus Irish band and then back to the house for Sloopy’s Pizza.
July 13th: During our final day at Lakeside, we celebrated Ted’s birthday by enjoying a final bike ride and game of shuffle board. After saying our goodbye’s, Joe and I had lunch at Netty’s Chili Dogs before heading back to Columbus in time for work. We wish we could have stayed all week to catch up with family and enjoy the rest and relaxation the lake has to offer.
July 14th: This morning I managed to beat the rain and flash floods for a walk at Blendon Woods. Blendon Woods contains spectacular stream-cut ravines with exposed ripple rock sandstone and open fields surrounded by beech-maple and oak-hickory forests. The 653-acre park is a great place to see a variety of songbirds, waterfowl and other wildlife, especially the flock of wild turkeys meandering about in search of food. (one actually crossed my path today!) The 118-acre Walden Waterfowl Refuge with its 11-acre Thoreau Lake provides a sanctuary for hundreds of birds, ducks and other wildlife. Open year-round, it features two elevated observation shelters with spotting scopes for viewing waterfowl.
Once arriving, I realized that I had been to this park before with Joe, Christina and Natalie. I walked over to the Sugarbush trail in hopes to experience something new, but quickly realized that the trail was too wet from all of the rain we’ve been having. I decided to walk on the paved path by the nature center instead. They have overlook shelters at the end of each path so you can observe the lake and all of the birds.