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Brick Sandwich

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There are people who like to walk the Lake Erie beach at Headlands Beach State Park near Mentor, Ohio, looking for whatever catches their eye.

They carry bags and seek glass, rocks, driftwood and who knows what else to take home and put on display.

But would someone take home this? It appears to be a brick that washed ashore, but in my imagination it is akin to a brick sandwich with its layer of red surrounding an interior of light gray.

 

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Written by csanders429

October 20, 2017 at 5:11 am

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.

 

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.

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.

All Right, Line Up Now

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Gulls like to congregate on the beach at Headlands Beach State Park between Mentor and Painesville, Ohio, on the shore 0f Lake Erie.

But I’d never seen them lined up in a row like this.

I was imagining that a head gull was telling everyone to line up and then led some exercise drills, e.g., flapping their wings while standing in place.

Notice the boy standing next to the line. Shortly after this image was made he tried to frighten the gulls into flying away.

In the background is the Fairport Harbor West Breakwater Lighthouse.