Presque Isle Park

After spending a couple years in the tropics, a couple years in one of the world’s biggest cities, buying a house and living in New England for a few years, it’s so nice to finally be back home. Erie feels much more manageable and inviting after traveling around so much. And it’s wonderful to be closer to family and friends.

One of my favorite places in Erie is Presque Isle State Park—a peninsula that stretches out into Lake Erie. It has miles and miles of trails, woods teaming with wildlife, marshes, lagoons, long stretches of sandy beach, bike and boat rentals and more.

I love visiting and take both Lyra and Banjo there a few times a week for a run or walk.

The fall colors are so vibrant, it’s just another reason to visit (and bring a camera).

Banjo spends most of her visits searching for wildlife—of which there is plenty. She’s only spotted squirrels, chipmunks and turkeys.

I’ve seen this heron quite often on my runs. I was happy it was hanging out in the usual spot when I brought my camera. Aside from this sighting, I’ve also seen a bald eagle, deer and coyote!

I don’t frequently go on the beach after my run, preferring to keep my sneakers as free of sand as possible. But I do still like to admire the lake when I run past.

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