What we needed was a simple day to get away -- thank you, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo (@CleMetZoo - @CleveMetroparks), and the Cleveland Zoological Society (@CleveZooSociety), for providing the perfect venue.
On Mother's Day, on May 13, 2018, we enjoyed a relaxing day with our family at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Julie's mother, Yolanda Strauss, had recently passed away, so we knew it was going to be a difficult day for our family. It is fitting that we decided to go to a Cleveland Metroparks property, since we had recommended that family and friends give memorial contributions to Cleveland Metroparks. The parks were a big part of Julie's mother's life.
Here are our @sos_jr tweets and retweets sharing our experiences, photos, and videos from the day. Clicking on Twitter photos will enlarge them!
#Cleveland weather Ñ checking app regarding potential outdoor plans for MotherÕs Day.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) May 13, 2018
The app indicates that the afternoon should be just cloudy.
Wishing all good mothers on the Twitterverse a sunny happy day emotionally with your family, even if weather is not pic.twitter.com/PhEr5bjoi0
Happy #MothersDay! WeÕve got some new moms! Recently welcomed; a white-fronted marmoset born April 8, & 2 pied tamarins born April 30. Both families can be seen in the The RainForest. Learn more about babies through the @UHRainbowBabies Zoo Babies Program https://t.co/KQVFAX3QQp pic.twitter.com/F8E1mo2xvo— Cleveland Zoo (@clemetzoo) May 13, 2018
#TimeToExplore the @CleveMetroparksÕ @CleMetZoo!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) May 13, 2018
Thanks @Wayside_Akron for free admission to #Cleveland #Zoo for Moms today for #MothersDay! https://t.co/GGxUFAMezD@CleveZooSociety #FutureForWildlife pic.twitter.com/QCgLyGPCO9
BLOG: As Mother's Day approaches, we wanted to highlight a few Zoo "moms" that guests can see on their visit to the Zoo. Thank you moms for all you do! https://t.co/gD2KlgMJqO pic.twitter.com/3KoWixbyHN— ClevelandZooSociety (@clevezoosociety) May 12, 2018
Thank you @Wayside_Akron for free admission to @CleveMetroparks' #Cleveland #Zoo for Moms today for #MothersDay! We had a great day seeing the animals!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) May 14, 2018
Today was a great #TimeToExplore the @CleMetZoo!https://t.co/7raxEkoKre@CleveZooSociety #FutureForWildlife pic.twitter.com/QAMQoTCZvF
Japanese Cherry Trees
Earlier in the month, we had learned from tweets by Etsuko Dunham (@endunham), Danielle Garbo (@DanielleGarbo), and Kelly Manderfield (@KManderfield) about some incredibly beautiful Japanese cherry tree blossoms in the Cleveland Metroparks' Brookside Reservation, which is very near the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.
Stuart and Etsuko used to both be members of a local blogger's group, so it was exciting to learn that Stuart's friend was involved with the Japanese Association of Northeast Ohio's (JANO) Sakura for the Earth (sakura = Japanese cherry blossom). See photos and historical background in the Cleveland Metroparks' April 8, 2015, blog post: Cherry Blossom Time.
So, after our great day at the Zoo, we went out to explore a park we had never visited before. In 2017, we explored many parks that were new to us while completing the Cleveland Metroparks Inaugural Trail Challenge! (see blog post.) We learned the following about Brookside Reservation on the Cleveland Metroparks' website:
Brookside Reservation was one of the City of Cleveland's oldest neighborhood parks before its acquisition by Cleveland Metroparks in 1993. The land was purchased in 1894 and has been a center for recreation since the early 1900s. Still a recreation hub, the area now boasts baseball and soccer/football fields. The 132-acre reservation serves as a refuge for diverse wildlife in an urban setting. It is also an attractive spot for area picnickers and a resting site for walkers, cyclists and others who use the All Purpose Trail. This reservation connects to Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.
When we visted on Mother's Day, May 13, 2018, all but one of the trees had dropped their blossoms. We enjoyed seeing the beautiful Japanese cherry tree orchard greening up for summer, and encourage you to visit to check out this great addition to the park, thanks to the Japanese Association of Northeast Ohio (JANO).
Please share any photos that you find interesting from our @sos_jr tweets and retweets by retweeting:
It was such a gorgeous day for hiking at the Brookside Reservation (@clevemetroparks ) to see beautiful Japanese cherry blossoms! Please go check them out while they last! #cherryblossoms #Cleveland— etsuko (@endunham) May 3, 2018
Great pics @endunham!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) May 4, 2018
Thank you so much for RT! The Japanese organization of Northeast Ohio planted cherry trees and I belong to it. I want more people to know about those trees! I really love seeing how much people enjoy them! Thanks again!!!— etsuko (@endunham) May 4, 2018
Very cool @endunham!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) May 4, 2018
Thanks for the background info & thank you for your volunteer work in the @clevemetroparks!
I’ve never seen these local flowering trees until seeing tweets by you & @kmanderfield & @daniellegarbo!
I hope you can make it to Brookside soon!— Kelly Manderfield (@kmanderfield) May 4, 2018
@endunham @kmanderfield & @daniellegarbo after seeing your great 5/2-3/18 pics of Japanese cherry trees in bloom at @CleveMetroparks Brookside Reservation, we knew we needed to visit after MotherÕs Day at @CleMetZoo.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) May 13, 2018
Unfortunately the bloom is gone except for one small tree. pic.twitter.com/UliFKqqBjZ
ItÕs a quick bloom, Stuart! Glad you made the trip, regardless!— Danielle Garbo (@daniellegarbo) May 13, 2018
@daniellegarbo we planned on visiting after @CleMetZoo.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) May 13, 2018
We like exploring parks that we have never seen before which is why we enjoyed the @CleveMetroparks Trail Challenge last year https://t.co/x3Ish8SXlp
Interesting to learn history of Brookside Res https://t.co/bZPSTi1aQG pic.twitter.com/H1Sv9PbZNN
Oh, I'm glad to hear that! And thanks for tweeting about it! Next year, I will let you know when the cherry trees are ready to bloom!— etsuko (@endunham) May 14, 2018
That would be great @endunham! Thank you!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) May 14, 2018
IÕm sorry our paths donÕt cross as often as in the past since the bloggers group we both used to attend stopped meeting. Let me know if you will have time to volunteer your Wordpress experience to @CleGiveCampÕs #CleGC 2018
Take care! pic.twitter.com/dcXTA7gnRN
Yep, indeed! I wish I could participate in it. Since my kids (especially my little one) keep me busy, I've been having a hard time to find a spare time. One day for sure, I will be there! Keep in touch— etsuko (@endunham) May 14, 2018
If you are interested in learning more about some of our visits to the Cleveland Metroparks (@CleveMetroparks), please see all our blog posts tagged as Cleveland Metroparks here.