Travel Circle (Online) Series Brings the World to You


World travelers from our region discuss their experiences and share photos of their adventures in a 13-week, online series at 2 p.m. each Saturday in January, February and March. Sponsored by Maumee Valley Adventurers, a local non-profit organization focused on outdoor recreation and travel.

Since this year's series is virtual, the weekly hikes that typically precede each presentation are being replaced with suggested trails to hike on your own.

January Schedule
Programs begin at 2 p.m.

Presented via Zoom Webinar (videos will be available later)

Use the links below, or call 1-312-626-6799, and enter the Webinar ID.


January 2

Japan: Timeless Beauty into the 21st Century, by Vince Walsh

Video Passcode: gCY1Y9R%

This week's recommended walk: Quarry Loop Trail
Blue Creek Metropark, Whitehouse

Length: 1 mile round trip.
Parking/trailhead: Shadel Road, between Stiles and Neopolis Waterville Roads

Views of tallgrass prairie, meadows, wetlands and a former quarry pond. Exposed Devonian age limestone and glacial striations that can be seen near the pond, not too far from the trail. Towering oaks and hickories growing in open woodland areas.

January 9

CaptainK’s 2015 Appalachian Trail thru hike, by Kevin Wietrzykowski

VIDEO Passcode: s4z&XqA*


This week's recommended walk: Northwest Territory Trail
Fallen Timbers Battlefield Metropark, Maumee

4949 Jerome Road, Maumee
Length: 1.5 mile loop

Walk in the footprints of Native Americans and soldiers who clashed in a 1794 battle that lead to the westward expansion of the United States (and statehood for Ohio). The natural landscape highlights an old growth woods of shagbark hickory and red oak as well as early successional meadows. Thousands of trees have been planted in an effort to reforest.

January 16

Cambodia, by Elliot Tramer


Webinar ID: 860 5184 1058

This week's recommended walk: Foxfire Trail
Oak Openings Preserve, Swanton

Parking/trailhead: Mallard Lake Area
Length: 1.5 miles round trip

Hike through an area of mixed hardwood forest and wetland, circling nearby Horseshoe Lake. Floodplain trees such as red oak, buckeye, sycamore and cottonwood tower overhead.

January 23

European Adventure: Munich Tyrol Vienna, by Anthony DiVitto


Webinar ID: 858 2054 8961

This week's recommended walk: Manhattan Marsh Trail
Manhattan Marsh Preserve Metropark

Parking: Clifford Street in North Toledo
(From Summit Street, turn onto Pontiac Street then turn right on Mayo Street and Left onto Clifford and continue to the parking lot.)
Length: 1.3 miles round trip

Explore the newest Metropark – an oasis in the city. A trail circles the marsh, with scenic overlooks and decks.

January 30

Cruising Norway, by Judy Pfaffenberger


Webinar ID: 875 6176 2526

This week's recommended walk: Swan Creek Trail
Swan Creek Preserve Metropark
Length: 0.76 miles one way

This is a connector trail you can access from either the Airport Highway or Glandale Ave. parking areas. Cross the creek on a swinging bridge strung between large cottonwood trees, and enjoy a striking 90-degree bend in the creek from a scenic overlook.