Pretty sure I’ve found my new happy place. Englewood Metropark.
This place is so beautiful and peaceful. A few weeks ago I said Hills and Dales was my new favorite, but I’m gonna have to take that back. Hills and Dales is really pretty and I love the log cabin looking shelters and swings, but there’s something about the simplicity of Englewood that stole my heart.
This was our 2nd visit to this park. The first was my failed attempt at finding Patty Falls.
Even though I took the correct entrance this time I still had to text a friend for help finding the trail that would lead us to the falls.
I’m already looking forward to going back after all the leaves have changed.
The kids walked/ran ahead of me the majority of the time, so lots of back-of-the-head photos.
I love the way the trees seem to form a canopy over the trail. Looks like the setting for a fairytale.
It was fairly warm and humid on Monday, but when your 5yr old insists on wearing gloves, you roll with it.
Finally made it to Patty Falls and I was not disappointed.
The entire area is gorgeous!
We walked up and around to the bench so the kids could play and snack.
I wanted a better view of what I would call the gorge.
The kids ran back down after they were done snacking.
I stayed on the bench, listening to the light trickle of the water, and admired the golden leaves on the trees.
Seems I have a thing for the sound of water…I love the sound of the waves at the beach, the sound of rain at night, and now I have Patty Falls. Told the kids we can check out Martindale Falls and Oak Falls next time.
Gave the option of finishing the loop on the trail or going back the way we came. Ava wanted to finish the trail, but Samuel and Kiah wanted to walk back. I think Kiah was able to talk her sister into going back by enticing her with petshop play by the lake.
They ran ahead again, knowing to follow the green dots on the posts.
We took our time walking back. Stopping to look at flowers and trying to find leaves to take home.
Ava came back to walk with me and talk about all the weird looking trees we kept seeing along the trail, and the other two continued ahead of us.
We just kept on observing.
This is a stunning view.
Life goals: a house with a view like this or walking distance to a view like this.
Ava wouldn’t let Samuel play with her petshops, so he went to the car and got his box of rocks.
I think he was trying to sneak one when she went to find something.
We stayed by the water for about two more hours.
We didn’t want to leave, but the sun was setting and we ran out of snacks.
The bonus was seeing this gorgeous sunset on the way home.
Photo credit goes to Ava.
I had no idea Ohio was this pretty!
I don’t remember visiting places like this as a child. I have been in complete awe with every park.
The kids have been having so much fun running around the trails, and seeing them happy makes me happy.
October should be just as exciting and even prettier with the leaves changing colors.