As I mention in my last blog posts, I have been "delayed" in my normal activities for much of the summer.
Well, the week after I published those two blog posts, my activity level increased dramatically
due to the large number of events happening in Cleveland the last week of August 2021.
This blog post is an attempt to capture some of the spirit of the events I attended. The one common element
of all these events is that I learned about them from following interesting people/organization on
Twitter. I created this blog post to serve as a reminder for me of the fun I had at these events, and
I hope it encourages you to go out yourself to learn about the organizations that sponsor these
In 2020, our first adventure out to a public space during the coronavirus crisis was to the Cleveland Museum of Art's
#WelcomeBackCMA Reopening. The spaciousness of the museum, along with their coronavirus protocols and site-specific
safety measures, allowed us to feel safe while enjoying the artwork.
Now, in 2021, our first excursion of the year was again to the Cleveland
Museum of Art. We had not expected to still be social distancing and masking, but here we are,
writing another blog post in our "Social Distancing" series.
. . . but we enjoy a challenge (and enjoy hiking/biking trails), and decided to do more than
the minimum. This blog post shares our journey on all but one of the remaining land-based trails. See Stuart's
2020 Trail Challenge tracker sheet with notes on the 33 trails.
With COVID-19 closing venues we normally frequent, and having to cancel the backpacking trips that Stuart had planned
on the Continental Divide Trail and Appalachian Trail, we have been exploring many parks in Northeast Ohio and along
the route of the Buckeye Trail. We are happy to share with you our experiences on the second
level of the trail challenge to earn our 2020 Trail Challenge mug.
With COVID-19 closing venues we normally frequent, and having to cancel the backpacking trips that Stuart had planned on the Continental Divide Trail and Appalachian Trail, we have been exploring many parks in Northeast Ohio and along the route of the Buckeye Trail. We have written about many of our park visits in the Social Distancing Blog Posts that we have been writing during the pandemic.
There were originally 25 trails to choose from for the challenge. During the time we were writing this blog post, we learned that the park updated the list to now include 35 trails!
What follows is information about the first ten challenge trails we have completed.
We signed up to volunteer once a week, starting with the morning shift on Saturday, June 27th. We were not only impressed by the mission of the organization, but also how clearly they spelled out that they followed safety measures for those volunteering (everyone wears masks, washes hands, practices social distancing, and the number of volunteers is limited). We only volunteered because these safety measures are in place.
Yes, Ohio is slowly opening in the year of the coronavirus crisis, but can only do so with social distancing and other safety measures. As we approached the end of June, we heard that the Cleveland Museum of Art was reopening following "rigorous safety procedures that adhere to the guidance set forth by state and local officials, as well as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)."