Monday, June 24, 2013


Monday, June 24 - We took a little field trip and break from working around the yard and visited Sippo Lake Park this afternoon.

sippo sign

The park consists of 202 acres of deciduous forest, wetlands, old fields, and mixed shrub areas. The area features a variety of habitats for wildlife viewing.




There are over 5 miles of hiking/walking trails through the forest and grasslands. There is also a 100-acre lake where one can fish (bluegill, crappie, carp, catfish, yellow perch, and bass), launch a boat, or simple enjoy walking around the beautiful grounds..


lilly pad



We found the Sanders Wildlife Rehabilitation Center especially interesting. Located in the Sippo Lake Park, The Rehabilitation Center is fully dedicated to wildlife rehabilitation. A trained staff of volunteer veterinarians care for over 2,000 sick, injured and orphaned native animals each year with the goal of releasing them back to their natural environment. The center also houses non-releasable wildlife that are used as program ambassadors.

paul and rehab area

hawk hawk


The Center is open to the public and you can see most of the animals in pens. There is an intensive care unit that is closed to the public.

intensive care

The Exploration Gateway at Sippo Lake Park is a center of nature, culture, and life-long learning established in June 2007 as a partnership between the Stark County Park District and the Stark County District Library.  Portions of the facility are available to the community, including three banquet and meeting rooms and a Video Conference Center.

Exploration Gateway

The Gateway also is home to Perry Sippo Branch Library, Congressman Ralph Regula Canalway Center, FeLeap’s Lily Pad Gift Shop,  and Herbert W. Hoover Foundation Science Classroom.

inside Gateway

The only wildlife we saw during our visit.

baby bunny


blue herron

We walked the mere five miles of trails. It was a beautiful day and a great day to take a break.

The End

We apologize for not thanking our readers in our last blog for giving us the name of our new little bird.

Male Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Also, thanks to those who tried to help us with out unidentified weed. We are using full-strength Roundup with some Dawn mixed in. Marsha sprays everyday. We THINK we are finally getting a hand on this pain-in-the-neck.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y'all back real soon. Have a great day!



  1. Love the new header!

    So glad you took a little vacation. You certainly deserve a rest and time to remember what retirement is all about.

    So glad there are places like this for injuried wildlife and a sanctuary for those that can't return to nature.

    Great end!!!

  2. I'm so glad Paul was finally given a day off. All work and no play can make Paul a dull boy.

  3. Wow... Great looking Park, and great way to spend the day!

  4. Great looking park and gotta love those miles of hiking trails too.

    O.K., Paul, you've had your day off - now, back to work!!

  5. I am in love with water lilies! We went to Monet's Garden in Giverny on our honeymoon (14 years ago) and the scenery of lilies in the pond under the walking bridge were just like his many paintings. This park looks like a real gem of a place to spend the day.

  6. Love the water lilies! Love the header! We took a little boating trip through huge lilies in the Amazon once. I've been fascinated with them ever since.

  7. Beautiful park. Any camping there?

  8. The short vacation from reno work must have felt good. What a great park. We visited a wildlife rehab center in Virginia a few years ago ... these places do great work to return wildlife back to nature.

  9. Ohio has the nicest parks compared to Pennsylvania! We'll have to check out this one. Thanks for the tour!

  10. good for you guys, a day away from the work around the house. and what a nice way to spend it.

  11. I'm glad you took a day off from all that house work. :)

  12. Even your work breaks wear me out; all that hiking, sightseeing, etc. :)

  13. This post proves that no matter where we call "home" there are interesting places to visit. All we have to do is explore.

  14. Good job, being a tourist in our hometown is one of our toughest things.

  15. Looks like a great place. Hope the oil fields are not to close:)

  16. Thats great that you took time to get out and play, looks like a fun day.

  17. Hello, I am the visitor your LiveFeed is saying from Englewood, CO. I am from Loveland, CO. I have seen, on other blogs the same Englewood reference. Oh well, not that is really matters.

    My name is Sheila and I first started following Nina and Paul from Wheeling-It a few years back when my husband and I met them at a state park near Austin, TX.

    I have been following other blogs and I see your names pop up. Just wanted to say hello and to let you know I have enjoyed your blog and your beautiful photos.

    We are half-timers as well! Head south for the winter leaving colder and snowy Colorado behind. We return home for the summer.

    Our favorite places to stay while on the road are state parks. We manage this about 95% of the time!


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