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Field of Driftwood

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You will find driftwood on just about any beach. Trees get knocked down in storms, fall into a lake and the water current takes them along for a ride.

In time, the currents carry the drifting wood back to shore and deposit it. Maybe a high tide will sweep the wood back out for another ride on the water or maybe this will be the permanent home for the piece of driftwood.

This field of driftwood is at the far eastern end of the beach at Headlands Beach State Park near Mentor, Ohio.

In the background is the Fairport Harbor West Breakwater lighthouse.

 

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Accessible Now to All

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Getting to the beach can be a major challenge to those in a wheelchair or who have limited mobility under their own power. Nature puts many obstacles in your path, including sand, rocks and plants.

During a visit to Headlands Beach State Park I noticed that there is a recently installed ramp cutting across a marshy area that leads from an asphalt path to the beach.

Presumably, this ramp was put in to make the beach ADA accessible. I don’t know the details behind this project.

It doesn’t lead directly to the water’s edge, but it comes close. It appears that an observation platform will be constructed at the end of the ramp.

Sinking Into Lake Erie

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Interstate 90 in the vicinity of Erie, Pennsylvania, is built on a series of high bluffs that provide a view of Lake Erie to the north.

The view of the lake is particularly pronounced near North East, Pennsylvania.

We had just finished dinner and were headed back to Ohio on I-90. I was sitting in the passenger seat, my camera in hand. I had a few opportunities to catch the sunset and this was the best of the lot.

The sun is about to sink into the lake, ending another day.

A City and its Lake

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Cleveland is one of a handful of large cities situated on one of the Great Lakes, in this case Lake Erie.

Although the city sometimes has acted as though the lake wasn’t there, particularly in downtown Cleveland,  it did establish a lakefront park just to the west of the central city area.

Edgewater Park is known for its beach, but at the western end of the park is a bluff overlooking the lake.

It also affords a sweeping view of the downtown city skyline and the lake.

The Edgewater Park beach can be seen to the right. With temperatures on this late September day soaring into the 90s, it was a popular place to be.

The Irresistible Lure of the Beach

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It’s the last day of summer 2017. We decided to have a picnic at Headlands Beach State Park and take a walk on the beach there.

It’s a warm day and in fact is the first of what will be five consecutive record setting days of temperatures in the 90s in Northeast Ohio.

We’re headed toward the Fairport Harbor West Breakwater lighthouse, although we don’t get that far down.

There are a few people on the beach, although it being a Thursday in late September that is to be expected.

There is something about the lure of a beach and water. I could visit here every day.

 

Sunset and Edgewater Park Pier

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This past Sunday was an unusually warm day with temperatures rising to a record-setting low 90s.

Edgewater Park in Cleveland on the shore of Lake Erie was crowded, particularly the beach.

I happened to be around at sunset time and there were still a lot of people out on the pier fishing or just watching ol’ sol disappear dip below the horizon.

Making a Mad Dash for the Bridge

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I’m told that federal regulations give commercial traffic priority on the Cuyahoga River at the bridge carrying the tracks of Norfolk Southern over the waterway in Cleveland.

But during warm weather months most boats on the river are pleasure craft and the bridge tender does not have to lift the bridge to accommodate them until rail traffic is out of the way.

Last Sunday saw temperatures soar into lower 90s, breaking a record for the date of 88 degrees set in 2007.

Needless to say, the onset of summer weather in the early days of what is officially autumn has boaters out in droves.

But NS had trains to run and all the boaters could do was idle in place or run around in circles as four trains went by.  But once rail traffic cleared and the bridge began going up, the boaters didn’t wait for it to reach its peak position.

As soon as clearances allowed, the boaters began making a mad dash toward the lake or from the lake as seen here.