Hiking Blackhand Gorge with little ones

Central Ohio has a secret and that secret is Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve.  Well-known for its 4-mile bike path, the area also contains other hiking trails as well as a portion of the Ohio-Erie Canal.  Although I’d been there a handful of times before, this was the first time I even knew that the Canal path existed!   Since we had walked the bike path many times in the past (it’s also great for strollers), this time we decided to …

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Visiting the Dawes Arboretum- Gem of Central Ohio

Our family loves The Dawes Arboretum.  Located just outside of Newark, Ohio and easily accessible to I-70, it’s an easy drive from Columbus or Zanesville, and a gem of Central Ohio. Our first experience at Dawes Arboretum was as a couple when we went on one of their night hikes.  After Jackson was born, I would take him for walks in the stroller and sometimes meet up with a girlfriend for a long chat during our stroll.  Once our family was …

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