Gaithersburg, MD Thursday August 29
Well obviously we made it to Gaithersburg. We spent the last two nights in Akron Ohio at the home of my cousin Colly Tigelman and her husband Bob. We could not have had a better experience. It has been some time since Colly and I got together. So, we had a lot of catching up to do.
Despite the time apart, we meshed immediately. Hard not to do with two very nice people. Besides conversation and meals, we particularly enjoyed hearing about their trips to Europe.
On Wednesday, Bob and Colly gave us a tour of Akron. Akron you may recall was for many years the home of tire manufacturing in the US, but that is now a past chapter in its history. Akron is in Summit County, so named due to its being the highest point on the old Ohio and Erie Canal.
We also visited Cuyahoga National Park, a relative newcomer to U.S. Parks but whose park history dates back to 1929 when an industrialist donated land to be a park perpetually.
The park stretches between Akron and Cleveland and its length and location make it one of the most visited parks in the country. The Ohio and Erie Canal ran through much of the park, as does the Cuyahoga (crooked) River. The Cleveland Orchestra has a summer performance venue here.
We walked along a wetlands and then the Ledges Trail. This last trail follows several rock outcroppings and leads to an overlook. A young man on a two-year motorcycle tour of all of the national parks was kind enough to snap the photo of the four of us at the overlook.
Bob and Colly live close to the original border of the US with the “Indian Lands” and we passed a marker designating the spot where a 1785 “treaty” was supposed to transfer land from the Native Americans to the US. In another forgotten by me factoid, Connecticut had laid claim to this portion of the US and it was not until the U.S. assumed Connecticut Revolutionary War debts that the land (The Western Reserve) was given up. There is more to the story but that is a brief bit of history for you.
Today, Thursday, was a basic travel day. We are staying at the Courtyard Gaithersburg, home base for the wedding party, and will be here until Monday morning.
Ed and Chris August 29 10 pm