Cuyahoga Valley NP, OH

It’s close proximity to the city makes it a nice retreat for Clevelandonians. However, when we go to a national park, we expect complete isolation from any city, town or village. We go there to get away from the stress of the traffic and crowds with which we have to deal in our everyday lives. In Cuyahoga Valley NP it was hard for us to get that sense of relaxation and immersion into nature. The park road goes in and out of the park boundaries and into local neighborhoods with manicured lawns and golf courses. Although, I must say, once you get out of the car and on the trails, you seem to forget you are in the city.
We had half a day in the park. The trees were tall and still pretty green. No fall foliage here either :(

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Hairy and yellow!

Hairy and yellow!

Found a meadow with blooming flowers in October!

Found a meadow with blooming flowers in October!

The highlight of the park and a nice place to hike was an area called Ledges. The trail passes below a cliff of rocks and offers an interesting perspective to various rock formations.

Jumble of rocks

Jumble of rocks

This tree reminded me of  a smaller Angkor Wat

This tree reminded me of a smaller Angkor Wat

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Another quick trail leads to Brandywine Falls.

Brandywine Falls

Brandywine Falls

Amish family enjoying the falls

Amish family enjoying the falls

I was impressed by the airport in Detroit. Seems to have been recently renovated.

This hallway had a light and music show.

This hallway had a light and music show.

Flight delays seem to have become the norm. About 4 hours this time. While frustrated by the delay, everybody in the airport stopped at the nearest window to watch this sunset.

The sky was on fire while we were stuck in the airport.

The sky was on fire while we were stuck in the airport.

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