Orchid Mania Lasts One More Week

I am feeling the need to get the toddler out of the house this week if the weather is so warm, and I love taking kids to the Cleveland Botanical Garden, and I absolutely love orchids, so I am hoping to make it to this:


February 11 – March 25

Tuesdays – Saturdays: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sundays: Noon – 5:00 pm • Closed Mondays

Adult: $9.50; Child (3-12): $3
Members, Children 3 and under: FREE

Sophisticated ladies. Speakeasies. Busby Berkeley musicals. The 1920s was a time when America’s preoccupation with opulence, luxury and sensuality matched its limitless spirit of optimism and individual expression.

Sound like a certain exuberant flower you know?

Orchid Mania: This Side of Paradise celebrates those independent spirits of the floral world, orchids, in a setting befitting of Jay Gatsby himself.

Hundreds of bold, fragrant, blooming orchids will be on display throughout the Garden and in the naturalistic setting of the Garden’s Costa Rica Glasshouse.

It’s an occasion for flappers, Phalaenopsis and every other kind of orchid you can imagine.



Bike the Trail, Ride the Rail for $2 a Person

Through the month of October, take a bike ride along the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail in one direction, then hop aboard the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad and for $2 the train will take you back to where you began.    Fall months should be particulatly enjoyable with the beautiful foliage.    

The hubby and I take the kiddo regularly to the part of the Towpath in Brecksville at the Station Road Bridge, it’s right near the end of the Brecksville Reservation in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.    Our 4 year-old son can ride in either direction easily from here, as the paths don’t have any steep inclines and it’s a beautiful ride.    Unfortunately, the hubby and I have yet to purchase our own bicycles.     But, after seeing the train drop off and pick-up several riders a few weeks ago in Brecksville, we’re ready to make the buy, and cannot wait to take the kiddo on this adventure many times next year!

Details and schedule can be found at:   http://www.cvsr.com/bikeaboard.aspx

If you go, let me know what parts of the trail you like to bike and if there’s anything interesting to see along the way!

Until next time,


Whipps Ledges: Awesome Place For Kids’ Hiking

About a week ago I was sharing with my neighbor some places I’ve been wanting to take the kiddo.   Now that we live somewhere between Cleveland and Akron, one park I’ve wanted to visit is Hinckley Reservation so that we could explore Whipps Ledges.    She apparently was interested, because as a last-minute excursion Saturday morning, she invited us along with her, her hubby, and her two kids (ages 7 and 8).   I hadn’t been there since I was a kid, so I had vague memories of what to expect.   

Since it was last minute, and I had both the kiddo and the baby, we only spent about an hour and a half there, but it was so much fun.    Lots for the kids to climb around on and explore.    We could have easily spent twice as much time, and it is so cool and shady it would make for a good adventure on a hot, sunny day.   

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Until next time,