By Norm Weber
BRECKSVILLE – Eleven members of Living Miracles went on the second nature hike this fall, this time to the Meadows Trails in the Brecksville Reservation Tuesday.
Those going on the trail on the brisk October day were Tiffany Gainer, Carolle, Cox, Charlie Tutt, Al Sanders, Kurt Johnson, Marc Mannheimer, Jeff Perault, Doug Hallman, Sue Kane, Doreen Weir and Norm Weber.
All things went well except there was a little snafu toward the end of the excursion. The group wanted to take an alternative route back to the van from the route it took to get to the Nature Center. Someone told the group to follow the yellow trail, but the yellow trail led to the main road.
The Living Miracles then walked along the main road and took Meadows Road about a mile to get back to the van.
Still, the walk toward the Nature Center was an extravagant one. The hikers went up flights of stairs and down flights of stairs, saw black squirrels and engravings on trees along the way, and had many great conversations surrounded by sticks.
Arriving at the Nature Center for the group was quite nourishing as well. Mr. Hallman asked the girl working at the Nature Center if she knew his cousin, Dale Hallman, and sure enough she did.
It turns out that Dale Hallman was a long-time investigator/ranger in the Metroparks system and spent a good deal of his time in the Brecksville Reservation before retiring.
The Meadows trails were not the first one the group tried out upon its arrival into the Brecksville Reservation. Before retracing to the Meadows Picnic area, the Living Miracles first tried a grass bridal trail, but it was too wet and muddy.
The Meadows’ hiking trails then suited them just right.
A couple Miracles took vote for Issue 80 signs to put on their front lawns that the Nature Center was offering to visitors. Issue 80 is to the issue to support the Metroparks System in Cuyahoga County.
It’s been said that the best things in life are free and many Greater Clevelanders would agree to that about the Metroparks system.
“Thanks to John Muir, we have these national parks,” Mr. Johnson said. “He was for protecting all the wildlife. He would send correspondence back to DC via Pony Express to let Congress know how important it was for Americans to have nice parks. He really fought for it.”
Muir was a Scottish-born American naturalist. He wrote several books on preserving the wild in America. Muir founded the Sierra Club. His petition to the US Congress enabled the US Park Bill to be established in 1890.