With minimal travel we had a weekend hiking close to home that gave a few photo ops of downtown Columbus, as well as nearby Licking County.
The trip to Licking County included a hike in Blackhand Gorge Park. Named for a (now long gone) Native American petroglyph the hike goes through a small ravine along a creek. The sandstone cliffs have a variety of vegetation growing on them.
The rest of the afternoon was spent wandering the backroads of the county.
We came across this fantastic abandoned schoolhouse. As I approached for a closer look the bird came flying out adding to the excitement.
Today’s tour is Licking County. The unusual name comes from the proliferation of ‘Salt Licks’ that were in the area when it was settled by Europeans. Salt Likes are a natural occurrence that wildlife used to gain critical minerals.
While many of the barn photos on earlier postings were dilapidated, but today’s is in excellent condition.
The small town of Granville is home to Denison University. It is a liberal arts college that attract students from out of state.
Swasey Chapel sits high on a hill above town.
Next door is Swasey Observatory. Apparently Swasey gave you both the virtual view of the heavens as well as the physical.
The Doane Administration building.
Newark is home to a number of large earthworks. The Hopewell Native Americans were prolific mound builders.
The photo below shows the Octagon Mound. In the early 1900s this area was sold to a group who built a golf course around the mounds.
The Ohio Historical Society owns the land now, and is in the process of evicting the golf course to return it to it’s original state.
The nearby Great Circle Earthworks is one of the largest in the world.
Interestingly it is restricted airspace so the drone wouldn’t go into the circle for a photo.
Newark is known as ‘Mound City’.
The area around the courthouse square has a number of historic buildings.