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Sunday Funday Is A Walk In The Park

Today was a perfect day to get outside in nature. A partly cloudy and perfect no humidity 70 degrees, Gadabout Gals Kelly and Michele met up for a morning hike in one of the Metro Parks in Central Ohio.

The Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks features 19 outstanding natural area parks with more than 230 miles of trails and over 27,700 acres of land in seven Central Ohio counties.

Today we decided to explore Blendon Woods. Blendon Woods, which is not too far from Westerville or New Albany, is filled with stream-cut ravines with exposed ripple rock sandstone and luscious beech-maple and oak-hickory forests. The park is a total of 653-acres and is home to a variety of songbirds, waterfowl, and other wildlife, especially the flock of wild turkeys meandering about. And you'll never guess who greeted us on the Overlook Trail ... yep, the wild turkeys.

Hiking in the park, you quickly notice that hustle of the city is replaced with a serene, peaceful calm. The hills on the trails also provide a pretty nice workout.

Blendon Woods also includes a 118-acre Walden Waterfowl Refuge with 11-acre Thoreau Lake. This lake provides a sanctuary for hundreds of birds, ducks and other wildlife. Open year-round, it features two elevated observation shelters with spotting scopes for viewing waterfowl.

Kelly looking through the telescope at the Wood Duck across the pond.

Being out in nature is one of our favorite things. I mean we got in our 10,000 steps, had great conversation, and saw some beautiful sites. It felt like we were on vacation in our hometown area. Plus it was FREE. How can you beat that?! It makes us jump for joy!

While walking we made plans to visit other Columbus Metro Parks for more morning hikes. Next up: Sharon Woods and when Tiffany comes to town at the end of the month we are all going to visit Inniswood Metro Gardens. The roses should be in full bloom by then which will make incredible photos. Stay Tuned.

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