In the summer of 2000 I left Dayton never to return. Never is a strong word and normally “never” true. I, like most eighteen year olds, never knew the incredible secrets that the Gem City held. I returned nearly twelve years later only to discover for myself all that this great city had to offer. Dayton is over 200 years old and is famous for a lot of inventions, events, and celebrities. Too many for me to write about in this post. The one thing that truly sets itself apart is its commitment to the outdoors and outdoor recreation.
Five Rivers Metroparks is the foremost authority and agency in charge of ensuring that those who want to enjoy the outdoors can do so in many different ways. Their mission is to “protect the region’s natural heritage and provide outdoor experiences that inspire a personal connection with nature.” They have done this and more. Whether its paddling various water trails found on one of the five rivers that come together downtown, visiting the 18 parks and conservation areas, or riding a bike on the many bike paths that are connected by over 340 miles of paved paths; there is not a shortage of outdoor adventure in the area. You can even take on a three night backpacking trip located on the Twin Valley Trail which consists of over 22 miles of trail. A trip that I will be taking next week.
The question that I have been asked multiple times is, “Why would you ever move back to Dayton?” My reply has been and will continue to be, “Why would you ever move away from Dayton?” It has provided me the “playground” that I need to stay active as well as the education into how I can do a better job of taking care of the natural world around me. Though I may leave from time to time to explore other amazing places, I know what I have waiting for me when I return. The Outdoor Adventure Capital of the Midwest.
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