C Cleveland - Metroparks in the fall

Saturday, November 2, 2013

I've been waiting for the leaves to turn their glorious fall colors and when they finally did, we got terrible storms that knocked a number of them down. Fortunately, there are still a bunch left and we had the perfect day yesterday to go out and view them.

I went to my usual stop of the Cleveland Metroparks, Euclid Creek Reservation, but I decided to head to the park just west of downtown Cleveland as well. I put them in a slideshow for you below but first you have to see Sophie's Halloween costume. She's Little Edie from Grey Gardens.

For those you who aren't familiar with Grey Gardens, it was a documentary of Jackie Kennedy's aunt and cousin who were once socialites in the Hamptons but lived in squalor and isolation after "Big Edie's" husband left them. Little Edie wore scarves because she didn't have any hair, perhaps from a nervous condition or something. No one dared ever ask Edie why.

Later their story was made into a Broadway musical and more recently, a movie with Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore. If you have a chance, you should watch it. It's really a captivating story.

Okay, so I couldn't get the slideshow to work, then I deleted Google+ cuz I hate it and then, after the fact, panicked that I had deleted my blog so long, story, short. You're gonna hafta scroll! :-)

A lone jogger in the woods

A great day to walk with a friend

The perfect bridge

This goes all the way down to the creek. I always wonder how that blue cloth got there.

 the picnic pavilion

I could sit on that bench all day

Solar panel

Downtown Cleveland from Edgewater Park on the westside of Cleveland
Surfers in November

German Composer Richard Wagner. Yeah, I don't really get it, either.


  1. "She's Little Edie from Grey Gardens."

    *clapping wildly*

    BRAVA, Chrissy!!! That costume is BEYOND brilliant, girl!!!!!!

    And you know how MUCH I love the story of Grey Gardens, both the documentary AND the move (which I own). And you are so right, it's a captivating story! Drew and Jessica did an AMAZING job in the movie because you can't tell them apart from the REAL people.

    GREAT shots of the Cleveland Metroparks! The color of the leaves is stunning! We've had hardly any leaf change here so far, so I'm very envious.

    Thanks for sharing and enjoy the rest of your weekend!


    1. Thanks! I couldn't stop laughing when I tied it around her head. I own the documentary but I would like to get the movie, too. It's so powerful when they show what the house would have looked like in its heyday because you can't really visualize it in the documentary.

      Thanks! It was the absolute perfect day to be out and about. I'm sure yours will be changing soon.

      Thanks, you too!

  2. Hell-o Christine,

    I was at Edgewater Friday, looking for birds to foto. Perkins Beach was cleaned up Saturday.

    The Wagner statue is from prior to WWI (1911). The west side was well populated with Germans, and then the Germans were very enthusiastic about German culture and celebrating it, and Wagner was at a height of popularity in the US too.

    1. Friday was the perfect day, wasn't it?

      I guess I don't understand why it's in the park.

  3. I love Sophie's costume, she is so cute. And Northeast Ohio is beautiful in the fall; if it weren't for all the cold and snow I would never think of leaving. Thanks for sharing the pics.

    1. Thanks! She's such a little priss.

      I hear you. I've actually been contemplating moving south. I could always come back for one week in October for the leaves and one week (okay, maybe 2 days) in January for the snow. :-)


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