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Hiking Mill Creek Park

Saturday was our trail club annual holiday get together. Called URINEO, which stands for “Ultra Runner In North Eastern Ohio”, this is a tradition that has been going on since 2004 or 2005.

We have gotten brighter over the years. Gone are the waiting in the cold for other runners to finish, we now rent the Log Cabin for warm and companionship. It’s nice to be able to just hang out for the afternoon after running or hiking.


I was joined by Allison, and my sister-in-law and nephew, Colleen, and Anthony for our hike around Lake Glacier.

Mill Creek
Covered Bridge Mill Creek Park Youngstown OH
Lanternman's Mill
Owl on the Monkey Trails
The hike became interesting when we started the monkey trail. We saw this owl.
This is a spectacular 17 point buck! He would not pause for a good picture.
His lady friends were around the next curve in the trail.
Deep inside the park, the deer know they are safe from hunting. This is a zoom in, I wasn’t that close to the little one.
Too soon, we were crossing up my favorite bridge, the Parapet Bridge. I call it the Troll Bridge-can you imagine a troll sitting up residency here?

The rain obligingly held off until we were back at the Log Cabin for snacks. Mill Creek Park is a beautiful hidden gem in Youngstown. The park has added signage and distance to the trails to make it easy to “hike your own hike”. Come and opt outside at Mill Creek Park!

Art Journal Challenge Marches On!

Two weeks of Catch up

I enjoyed this week, this is supposed to be “Magpies”. Which it is, just my interpretation of them

The next week was “It’s Beginning to Look alot Like Christmas”

It turns out that my “Look Like” was pretty minimal. 

Okay, deep breath! I’m almost done with this art journal! Tying a knot in the rope and hanging on!

Surviving NaBloPoMo

I did it! I survivied NaBloPoMo National Blog Post Month. I published a blog spot daily for 30 days.

This was supposed to kick start my writing. Sadly, it has not-yet. Many days I was searching for something I wanted to write about.


Here, the most interesting part of my day yesterday. I checked on the eagle nest that is about five miles from me. Mama Eagle wasn’t on the nest but just a few branches away.

This was with my old camera. I’m stoked to break out the new one and see improvements.

Peace out,  I’m heading to Virginia for the weekend 

to help get my mojo back!

Educate Myself

I have spare time on my hands these days. I know, WHAT? Who has that?

Nevertheless I do. It’s time to do something constructive with said time. When I look back on my spare time hiatus, I want to be able to say “that’s when I learned how to do THIS and THIS and THIS”.

Things to Learn

Learn how to use my eTrex 20. I’ve had it a year and don’t understand it yet.

Learn how to use all the features on my brand new Canon Powershot SX530. It just arrived yesterday and I haven’t powered it up yet.

Learn how to make a decent newsletter for my blog, send it out and get new subscribers.

Write for and develop BFE Food and Wine, my other blog.

Learn how to use Microsoft One Note.

Learn how to fix my bike. Upcoming project: replacing brakes!

Now I got to go, it’s time to start learning!


Barns is my art journal prompt for this week. I was searching my computer for a barn picture when I realized how many barn photos I have! Today’s post will mainly be a photo compilation of barns I’ve run by over the years!

The barn above no longer exists. I’m glad I took a pic of it!

The metal barn behind the daffodil is one of my barns.


View above is from our wooden horse barn from years ago. This view has really changed over the years.

I almost didn’t spot this barn in the woods around me.

A bucolic Ohio summer

Mr Cow was very curious what I was doing on his backroad

The barn of many colors

Barn on a very rainy day.

Barn on the next road over.

It’s amazing how a coat of paint spruces up a barn!

Now I have noticed how many bridges photos I have..that might be coming soon…

Massillon Miles with Tag and Tor



The start of our hike today  was Mogadore Point 26.

There was a little hiking through the end of the Mogadore Sections 26-29, which is through Quail Hollow State Park.


This looks like very pretty trail in the summer months.

It was a bit muddy and boggy in sections; there had been much rain the day before.

So ends our off road miles. The rest of the mileage will now be following roads.

Massillon Section begins in Hartville. There was an immediate stop at the open donut shop. Peace, Love, and Little Donuts were the bomb!

Highly recommend the stop! If the donut shop is closed (they are only open to 1pm) there is also a chocolate shop and a pizza/chicken restaurant right on the trail!

We leave Hartville, heading into the countryside. The skies are still cloudy, but there is not much wind. The road does not have much hiking friendly berm to it.

We found it easier in spots to just hop off the road and hike in the fields. The fields could be pretty soggy after the rains.

I always like seeing the animals on the hikes. The cows didn’t really get up to say hello. The pigs seemed to be pretty content in their pen.

The skies did clear up a bit and we got to see blue skies for the rest of our hike.

This was a nice sign to see on the Buckeye Trail.

The Buckeye Trail crosses Interstate 77. We had less than five miles to get to our stopping point.

This was another handsome barn seen on trail today.

We did it! We made it over to Nemisila Reservoir. Just one last turn, and we’ll be back at the vehicle. The hike clocked in a bit long at 17 miles.

We stopped at Point 7 on the Massillon Section.

It was very nice hiking with Jerri and Karen. When hiking this section, I would recommend doing it off summer if possible. It was pleasant hiking in the open spaces today in November. I think this could be pretty hot and miserable with full sun on the asphalt road.

Project Love Clothespin Ornament Restoration Reveal


Christmas Ornament Restoration Reveal

This is the reveal of my Project Love, restoration of my favorite Christmas ornaments, clothespin ornaments from the 70’s!

The Lumberjack He’s Okay Now

The Three Wise Men

After the two wise men went shopping

The three wise men are now all bearing gifts!

The Drummer has arms!

Robin Hood got a snazzy new bow

The golfer is reunited with his club

New Faces and Occupations

Dr Smyth

Introducing Doctor Smyth-a female doctor. That is her large laptop that she is carrying.

The medical staff


I made a homemade Rastafarian nut cracker years ago. I decided I needed a Rasta to join my Christmas group.

Biker Chick

I decided to create a biker. I had to handcraft the bike. This was no easy task. It’s not the greatest, but hey, she got a custom bike!

biker clothespin doll

Hula Girl Revised

Hula Girl was in good shape, there was no restoration needed for her. I decided to craft her a fish. While she may be wearing traditional hula wear, she’s also working on her doctoral degree in ichthyology (fish science) hence the fish.

Aren’t these cool? It was a bit more time consuming than I thought, but everyone has been repaired. It’s going to be a special Christmas tree this year with my clothespin Christmas ornaments!