Cuyahoga Valley National Park

016Cuyahoga Valley National Park was created in 2000 in Northeast Ohio.  We were interested that a National Recreation Area had been created in 1974 primarily at the instigation of Congressman Ralph Regula who was concerned that urban development from Cleveland and Akron was closing in on this beautiful valley.  We both remembered him from our Washington days.

018The Indians called the river, “Ka-ih-ogh-ha,” or crooked.  It winds about ninety miles through the valley but only covers thirty miles as the crow flies.  The Ohio and Erie Canal between Cleveland and Akron opened in 1827 and a railroad was run through the area in the mid-1800s.

017Today, it is really just a very large urban park with picnic areas, horseback riding, golf, skiing and many hiking trails.  The park service restored buildings along the old canal towpath, and a scenic railroad runs through the park on a seasonal basis.

The weather was chilly, so we picnicked in our car before walking down to Brandywine Falls.  Then we drove to the little town of Peninsula, nestled within the boundaries of the park, and walked for a couple miles along the old tow path, just enjoying the day and looking at the ruins of some canal locks.

021It is a nice park if you are in the area.

022The next day we drove to Columbus to see my nephews, their families and our namesake kids, Alie and Rae.  Rae is spelled that way because she is a female.  Alie and Rae now have kids of their own.001


About ralietravels

Ray and Alie (Ralie) are a retired couple who love to travel. Even during our working years, we squeezed a trip in whenever we could, often when we had to stretch the budget to do so. We have been fortunate to vacation in all 50 states, all the provinces of Canada and one territory and a little more than 50 countries. We like to drive, but we particularly love to travel back roads to find unusual sights, people, and experiences.
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