NEO is beautiful.....but not in Mud Season. Early Spring ( whenever the last of the Lake Effect melts) to a few days of warm, sunny days is the Mud Season.
The weekend was stunning! Cerulean blue skies, glorious sun, and mud. Late snows stunted bulbs and buds, so all is brown, barren, and wet. Undaunted, trekked out to my Happy Place, Lake Litchfield, nestled inside the Camp Manatoc Scout Reservation.
Tucked away, in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Manatoc is a National Historic Place, especially the Historic Dining Hall and Forrester Lodge. The Reservation is on donated land; Adirondack- style timber facilities financed and built during the Depression by community donations. Rustic lodges and primitive campgrounds. Wildlife abounds.
I tagged along with my son to work, at Manatoc. No, we are not co-dependent weird. My Nikon- senses were a- tingling! There were images waiting for capture! Stories to be told!
And I asked nicely.
While Son grading and hardscaping Ring of Fire ( cue Johnny Cash...or Social Distortion), BSA and YPT cards in hand ( "membership has its privileges"), I meandered by the Lake. Mud Season, so unlikely to be accosted by unescorted Youth.
The early morning sun casting sensational lens flare across the water! Shuttered boathouse spooky with skeletal kayak and canoe racks standing sentry. Crazy water rivulets in the gravel.
All muddled medium shades of mud.
The Story of My Life. ( another gratuitous Social Distortion reference)
So, when Lake Litchfield gives you mud...ya make pie! Kinda love it! Kept the mud scheme intact. 'Coz Mud Season is a Ball and Chain.
For the Social D. Trifecta!