Cuyahoga Valley National Park

5/20 -- 5/21/2020

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Cuyahoga Valley is the only national park in the state of Ohio.  It preserves and reclaims the rural landscape along the Cuyahoga River between Akron and Cleveland.  Cuyahoga Valley was originally designated as a National Recreation Area in 1974, then redesignated as a national park 26 years later in 2000.  Cuyahoga Valley is a patchwork of natural areas, villages, and small farms.  Remains of the Ohio & Erie Canal, which traveled through the valley in the 19th and early 20th centuries, offer a glimpse into the history of how the country was transformed. 

Getting there ...

The main purpose of this trip was to attend Iris's graduation at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU).  We decided to fly out a couple of days earlier to visit Cuyahoga Valley, which is only about 2 hours away from CMU. We had an early 5:30AM flight from San Francisco to Cleveland with a transfer in Denver.  It was the first flight we took since the pandemic started in early 2020, and we could see people were starting to go back to normal life and travel (busy airports, full flights, and scarce availability of rental cars...).

   

 

   

 

   

 

   


Day 2 (5/21)... 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We were back to Peninsula after 2+ hours (10+ miles) of smooth bike ride.  All restaurants in this small town were very crowded at this time and we could not find any parking spots.  A good thing about a national park so close to the urban region is that we can just drive 15 minutes to get out of the park to find plenty of food options nearby.


 

 

 

 

 

   

   

Next (5/22) ...

We started our drive to Pittsburgh in the morning to meet Iris at CMU.  It's hard to believe that Iris was going to graduate soon....


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