Pickerington Ponds, Heritage Trail Park, Heritage Preserve, Scioto Audobon, Bexley & Blacklick Woods

July 21st: This morning I headed over to Pickerington Ponds to walk on a couple of their walking paths. Pickerington Ponds is a premier spot for birdwatching, with more than 260 species seen. The combination of seasonal ponds and rich wetland vegetation, with bordering woodlands, serve as a magnet for migrating waterfowl, shore birds and land birds. Deer, beaver, fox and other wildlife can be seen near the ponds and adjoining woods and fields of this 1,608 acre park. When I pulled into the parking lot I had to laugh at the “no cats or dogs on the trail” sign. Good thing I didn’t bring Mo and Stanzi along for the walk! HA! I decided to check out Ellis Pond and then headed over to the Meadow Lark Trail. I wasn’t a fan of this trail because the grass needed cut so I decided to drive over to another part of the park. I ended up walking the Killdeer Trail, which was blazing HOT!!!! It was a nice gravel path that snaked around Blue Wing Pond and dead ends into Pintall Marsh. I prefer the trails that loop around to where you started because it gives you a chance to experience a different view of the park. Once I reached the marsh I had to turn around and walk back the exact way I came.

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July 22nd: Today I took a bike ride at Heritage Trail Park in Hilliard. The 87-acre Heritage Trail Park is adjacent to the Heritage Rail Trail, a 6.1-mile multi-purpose trail converted from abandoned right-of-way, with a parallel bridle trail. The paved trail starts in Old Hilliard off Main Street and continues toward Plain City. I kept my ride pretty short (only about 4 miles) so I could head over to Laura and Derek’s to help them unpack in their new home. It was nice to catch up Laura and be OCD together! I had to leave after lunch for a meeting at MTMS, but I’m headed back over there tomorrow morning to help out a little more.

July 23rd: I arrived at Laura’s a little early this morning so I could walk the trail at Heritage Preserve. They are so lucky to live in a neighborhood that celebrates living at one with nature. Heritage Preserve has conservation areas, walking and biking paths, ponds, community gardens, picnic areas and an observation tower just a hop, skip and a jump from their doorstep. I thought I was going to have to turn around and walk back in the same direction as I came upon this flock of geese. I managed to quickly move around the corner and avoid a “wild geese” chase!

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July 24th: This morning I enjoyed a bike ride at the Scioto Audobon. Set amid a once industrial landscape, Scioto Audubon has been transformed from a blighted brownfield into a green oasis where wildlife and birds thrive and flourish. The 120-acre park is a recreational and educational destination for visitors of all ages. Located along the banks of the Scioto River just south of downtown Columbus, the park resulted from a partnership between Columbus, Ohio Audubon and Columbus Metro Parks to bring nature to the Capital City. The park features a really nice nature center and rock climbing wall, which I hear is one of the best free standing climbing structures in the nation. I tacked the bike bath, but my ride was cut shot due to a little construction. After a couple miles, I came upon a turtle nest but didn’t see any turtles.

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July 25th: This afternoon Joe and I went on a short bike ride together in Bexley. We love riding side-by-side catching up from a busy week and checking out the Bexley real estate. 😉

July 26th: After I woke up this morning, I decided to see if Brooke was awake and up to joining me for an impromptu walk. She was totally game, so we decided to check out the trails at Blacklick Woods because it was a close drive for both of us. Earlier in the month I walked their multi-purpose trail, but today we decided to walk the Beech, Walter Tucker and the Maple Trail, which happen to be some of my favorite from our days of living in Blacklick.  You never know what creatures you might see on the trail and today we were greeted by a pair of woodpeckers! Brooke came prepared with her selfie stick so we were able to capture the moment. 😉

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