Kevin and I are running out of new trails by our houses, so we ventured down south to do some exploring. We started out at the Seiberling Nature Realm. I love flowers, and I could look at them all day. Kevin and I thoroughly explored it, one day. I was so impressed by how pretty it was. I loved the idea of building a greenhouse out of 2 liter bottles! In the herb garden, not only did they label the herbs, but they labeled the big boulders, too, There was one section of weeping trees, several pretty ponds, meadows, rhododendroms that must have been gorgeous when they were blooming and enough trails to keep us busy.
The next visit, we went into Sand Run and hiked the Mingo trail. It was certainly rugged with some very steep hills. We took the extension and ended up on a trail that is made just for joggers and walkers. We walked that a while, but then turned around and headed up the really steep hill to get back onto the Mingo trail. The trail was all shady and well-maintained, but you have to be ready to hike hills.
Since we didn't have enough hills, the next time, we went on the Dogwood trail. It was similar to the Mingo trail, but shorter. Just the 1.9 miles of that trail was quite a workout, but of course, that wasn't enough for us. On the way back, we saw a trail that was closed and decided to explore that one, too. It was washed out in several places, so I could see why they closed it. I hope it is just temporary because it was a very pretty trail. There were hills, but they weren't as bad. At the end of it, we found the jogging trail and took that back to the car.
There was still one more trail to tackle in Sand Run, and that was the Valley Connector Trail. It was rated as moderate, and most of it was--but at the end, there was another one of the huge hills that this park seems to have everywhere. The trail was really pretty, mostly shady and well maintained. It was 2.8 miles, each way. It was a hot day, and we sweat buckets. Kevin packed a dinner, and we ate at Sieberling, again. There, he saw an old friend of his, and we toured some of the gardens with him. I can never see enough flowers!
As always, I have to complain about one thing about Akron--they have terrible street signage! I have gotten lost so many times down there, that I hesitate to visit it. We only got lost the first time, so that wasn't too bad. We are looking forward to exploring some of the other reservations in the future.