Likely the most popular of the two attractions in the Emergent Tower. The structure rises some 120 feet from the forest floor and is outfitted with excellent non-slip, grating stair treads and landings. As the tower rises it also narrows until, at its top, the tower flares out into a spacious observation platform. The view is splendid, offering expansive scenes of treetops and distant hillsides. Lake Erie, miles away to the north, is easily visible on the horizon. Folks of all ages made the climb and many photos were being made by the triumphant, proving they made it.
It was a beautiful New Year’s Day so we took off on a cross-country, very scenic drive to lunch in Sandusky. As part of the return journey, we paid a visit to the Lake Erie shoreline and stopped at a couple of parks. Enduring strong winds and freezing temperatures was easy as scenes of wind-driven ice piled on beaches, dark waters, and blue skies inspired me. I wasn’t the only person exploring, however. Briefly checking in at Vermilion’s downtown beach, I spotted a couple from Arkansas standing upon the ice (safely over sand, not water) shooting a “selfie” photograph. I wish them, and you, a happy and healthy new year!