Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Mentor Headlands State Park, Mentor Ohio: A Great Place to Visit

Nice weather is on the horizon and that can only mean one thing – beach weather! One of the nicest beaches in northeast Ohio, and on Lake Erie, is Mentor Headlands in Lake County, a short drive for those living in the metro Cleveland area.

I wrote about Mentor Headlands in my blog last November (here), and now with good weather, it’s a good time to revisit the location. Since I live only a few miles from Headlands, it’s an easy trip for me, but even those living farther away would enjoy what Mentor Headlands State Park has to offer.

The beach is about a mile long, and the park offers plenty of places to park and picnic. The dunes are great for bird watching. At the east end of the beach is a lighthouse – which I think is called the Fairport Harbor West Breakwater Lighthouse. (There is a second, taller lighthouse on top of a hill in Fairport Harbor by the Grand River.) The Headlands lighthouse is not open to the public, but some who are steady on their feet can walk down the break wall toward the lighthouse. I never feel very comfortable walking on the huge tilted concrete slabs that make up the break wall. One can get a great view of the lighthouse, Headlands Beach, and the entire Fairport Harbor, in the area where the east end of Headlands beach meets the break wall.

So if you are looking for a nice beach, or just a nice place to nature walk and sight see, come visit Mentor Headlands State Park. Hopefully my video below will convince you!

Mentor Headlands State Park Mentor Ohio

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Monday, May 19, 2008

A Spring 2008 Update

After a nice string of warm weather days, it seems like we drifted back into the pattern of lower temperatures and some rain. While some of the spring flowers and flowering trees got a good start a few weeks ago, some of the flowering shrubs have taken a little more time to get going. Finally we’re seeing some nice color, and I thought I’d share some shots, all from my own yard, with you.

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