Hudson, OH: The Neutral Zone of Cuyahoga
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A collection of compressed sediments that covered the valley over 320-million years in the making has been gently washed away by the persistent forces of weather to expose ancient stream beds like the cold “icebox” cave and the Ritchie Ledges, a primeval plateau that comprises of dark and dense layered rocks called the “Sharon Conglomerate”
Today, the Valley is a place to refresh body and spirit away from a busy city life. After an exhaustive, travel-filled work week, I needed to be in the silent woods. It felt eerie to be surrounded by so many trees under their green canopy. On that Thursday afternoon, I saw 7 people on the trail at different junctions. I managed to cover ¾ of the ancient plateau; it was a refreshing hike! The park is free and hosts over 2,000 miles of hiking and 20+ miles of biking trails. It looks a lot like an oversized Wissahickon Park in Philadelphia, PA. When I texted my friends that I was here, some went online to research for information on the Cuyahoga Valley and then responded that “it’s not much to look at” and “it’s too ordinary”. I guess they prefer visiting only those parks with dramatic landscapes that are normally associated with America’s national park system. I was not disappointed by the Brandywine Falls due to the recent rain.
I’ve clocked a lot of work-related mileage this September. For instance, during the week of Saturday, September 17th, I went to a town hall meeting in Arlington, VA. After returning to Philadelphia that night, I left for the Pittsburgh area in Indiana, PA to conduct a training at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. From there, I went to Rittman, Ohio to implement a program. Now that I’m about to head back home, I look forward to just stay put!
On a bench at the Brandywine Falls, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, September, 2011