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.
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.
While researching what to do for the year one event I found that was highlighted in red letters not to miss is Dangerwheel – Adult bigwheel racing down a hill in Cincinnati!
East 12th Street in Over The Rhine is not the steepest street in town, but it is more than sufficient to get the riders moving quickly.
Aided by sometimes over exuberant pushers, the racers head down the hill.
Not satisfied with just going down a hill on a trike with no brakes or pedals, the audience pelt the contestants with water balloons.
The second round featured large balls in the course for the racers to ride through.
Costumes, and props are encouraged.
Without brakes mayhem usually ensued at the bottom.
In the end the entire event was great. We unfortunately were unable to stay to the end (they take about 7-8 hours to compete, we only had 4 hours) – next year we will spend the night in Cincinnati and stay for the entire event.
While in Cincinnati for the day we took the ‘Ultimate Underground Cincinnati’ tour. While the tour guide was funny, informative and insightful, the tour itself seemed to lack in content. While we did go under a church to see a crypt and in an old brewery to see some long forgotten underground rooms, for a 2 hour tour they seemed to not have enough places to see – filling much of the two hours with amusing stories.
Still once we were in the two underground portions, they were fascinating. We did come away knowing much more about the ‘Over The Rhine’ neighborhood of Cincinnati.
The neighborhood had a mix of gentrification and scruffy.
The crypt under the St Francis Church was filled with graves of Irish immigrants from the 1800s, which is unusual given the neighborhood was noted for the German immigrants. The Irish had been there first.
An old brewery that is being rehabbed into condos included some ‘art’ that are the burnt columns from a church that had caught fire in 2008.
The massive rooms underneath the old brewery (as well as the modern day Moerlein Brewery) were great to see.
A mural on the front of the old brewery.
The tour ended at the Moerlein Brewery.
The Ohio Theater is a grand old theater downtown that was built in 1928 in an exceptionally ornate style to ‘separate the patrons from their everyday life’; it was originally built as a movie theater. It currently has seating for over 2700 people in the main level and the balcony, and features a massive ‘Robert-Morton’ organ.
While the theater hosts the symphony, opera and ballet we were there for a screening of the movie classic ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’. The screen is massive, and the sound quality was superb.
The impressive ceiling has a more impressive chandelier.
The lobbies are equally ornate.
We chose a seat in the balcony.
The loges are no longer used for seating, rather they serve as lighting structures.
The maestro served as the organist, performing for 30 minutes prior to the movie, during intermission, and during the exit period after the movie. A visit to the Ohio Theater is worth it just to see the building; to see a classic old movie is even better.
The town of West Chester, Ohio is located between Cincinnati and Dayton, with a rapidly developing suburban feel to it. It was here that we attended our second cardboard boat races ever, the first being a couple of years ago in the Ohio River town of New Richmond.
While both were entertaining this one was clearly geared more to youth, although there were some adult competitors. Still, the boats were creative, the competition at times fierce, and the opportunity for photography excellent.
The concept of a snow shovel for an oar must have seemed like a good idea at first – but it was an epic fail.
The victors of a heat return to cheers.
The ‘Five Peas in a Pod’ quickly realize one of their competition have sunk.
One of the more creative boats was the US Airway flight that landed in the Hudson, complete with a grey stash on Sully.
One young lady decided it was best just to close her eyes and paddle in any direction.
A couple of the adult heats clearly knew what they were doing and were extremely intense in their competition.
These young ladies made it back to the dock first, then promptly sunk.
Rounding the 3rd buoy and heading for home.
Another sinking at the dock.
Twice a year a campground near the town of Loudonville hosts a Native American Pow Wow, which is a celebration featuring Native Music/Chants, Dancers, Crafts and skills.
First up was a fire starter – who was able to lite a fire with a bow, wood and (I believe) flint in about 30 seconds with some dry grass.
There were numerous craft booths featuring Native items.
some made onsite
The hoop dance was excellent, as the dancer was able to pick up and feature 9 hoops with grace and ease. It is not a traditional dance, most recently added in the 1930s.
The opening ceremony featured all the dancers arriving in an ‘inter-tribal’ dance.
Interestingly there was an amazing amount of patriotism displayed.
The costumes were very ornate.
There were 3 drum circles who provided the singing/chanting and drums for the dancers. The drummers were very impressive.
It was a great day of watching a celebration of traditional Native American culture.