Scioto Downs Racetrack has been in business for over 50 years just south of Columbus. Their feature is their ‘Googie’ style grandstand, which is unfortunately having some structural issues and is closed so you sit on plastic chairs along the apron of the track. Nevertheless the racing goes on…
On a monthly basis a group gets together at various venues around town to show off their high end cars, while providing pastries and coffee on Saturday mornings. This Saturday it was held near Nationwide Arena, the home of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets.
The Scioto River runs through the middle of Columbus, and recently they have completed some fantastic improvements where the riverbanks are usable by people. This has lead to it becoming a favorite for residents and visitors alike. While downtown we took a long hike, which I focused on the less than standard tourist photos.
Symmetry in the supports for the freeway bridge across the river
A wildlife preserve just south of downtown
A railroad bridge crosses the path about 10′ above it.
One of my favorite subjects is photos of people taking photos – especially in strange places such as on the railroad bridge (or in this case, just off since the train was coming through)
South entrance to the Scioto Mile.
Champaign County, Ohio is the home to Cedar Bog, a nature preserve created by the receding glaciers and the ground water from the Mad River. As a result there is a great deal of vegetation that is not common in Ohio. The result is a beautiful, but bug filled, boardwalk through the bog.
The Cincinnati Remote Control Airplane Club has been around for over 50 years. Once a year they host a ‘Flying Circus’ at the Butler County Airport in Hamilton, Ohio. This event allows them to showcase to the public their love of their airplanes, as well as their skill in flying them.
There were a number of models both in scope of the time of aviation design as well as scale.
One of the highlights was an event to break balloons by flying low and fast and clipping them with (hopefully) their wheels. Not all used their wheels.
A few slammed into the display holding the balloons.
Some of the landings made it but a bit off course.
The pilots went to pick up the remains of those that crashed.
A Wright Flyer model was flown, albeit very briefly before crashing.
The models were amazing in detail – from a distance it is tough to tell they are models.
The coordinator had a great hat.
A model Valkyrie deloyed a chute to slow it down when landing.
Some of the landings were dicey, but made it.
A trio of Red Baron bi-planes put on a great show.
Some model jets made an appearance.
Another close landing.
In the end it was a great show.
The first weekend in August means the crowd that puts the Twin in Twinsburg are back! This year’s theme was showing pride in your heritage, state, or hometown.
So for those with double vision, the Double Take Parade…
The first weekend in August in Cleveland is traditionally ‘Beach Day’, a day they celebrate at Edgewater Park Beach with a Sandcastle Building contest, as well as other events.
While other Great Lakes cities such as Toronto and Chicago put their waterfront to better use, Cleveland still has a few nice lakefront beaches, which make for interesting contrasts.
The sandcastle teams were creative in their building techniques.
The contrast of downtown Cleveland with Edgwater Park in the foreground.
The view from upper Edgewater Park of the Centennial Pavilion was outstanding – the Metroparks are celebrating their 100th birthday in 2017.
Any areas unprotected by the breakwater had 2′-4′ waves pounding the shore.
The sandcastles were interesting, most included Cleveland themes (although this is a sundial).
The holiday movie classic ‘A Christmas Story’ was filmed in Cleveland – including the famed leg lamp scene!
The new pavilion was modeled in sand.