Virtual Travel – Ohio

Welcome home! While I have lived a number of places, and visited many more, Ohio is home.

2015 09 27 134 Cincinnati OH

 

Capitol

1983     1992       2007

 

Ohio Symbols

State Fruit & State Beverage – Tomato & Tomato Juice

Tomato plant with ripe fruit

 

State Rock Song – Hang on Sloopy (if you go to an Ohio State game you will hear this 20 times).

 

 

State Prehistoric Earthworks – Newark Earthworks

 

 

 

Columbus – State Capital

Ohio is the 7th most populated state, with nearly 12 million people living here. It is wet on both ends (Lake Erie and the Ohio River).

Columbus is one of the larger state capitals with over 2 million people in the metro area. It was founded in 1816 to be the state capital.

2018 08 19 41 Columbus Statehouse Grounds

 

2017 02 19 108b Columbus

 

Columbus is home to The Ohio State University, one of the largest campuses in the country with over 60,000 undergraduate students. Ohio State also has the largest athletic budget in the country, so there are over 30 varsity sports.

 

 

Highways & Byways of Ohio

1946     1947     1948     1949     1959     1961     1962     1964     1969     1971     1972     1973     1974     1975     1977

 

The National Road

The National Road was the first federally funded, improved road in the contry, being completed in 1837. It ran from Cumberland Maryland to Wheeling, West Virginia, then on to Vandalia, Illiinois.

In the early 1900s they further refined it for the automobile, thus becoming U.S. Highway 40. It was later re-routed, and eventually replaced by Interstate 70, but many of the early 1900s features still exist.

 

Bridges

With the Ohio River at one end, and the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, there are  lots of cool bridges in the state.

In addition Ohio has the 2nd most covered bridges of any state, with over 140 still in existence.

 

 

 

 

History in Ohio

1953 – Sesquicentennial     1978 – Transportation History    1981/1982 – Inventors     1985     1995 – Canals     1997 – Perry’s Monument     2003 – Bicentennial

 

Automobile Industry in Ohio

Cleveland has always been a major transportation production center. This is celebrated with a number of major car and motorcycle shows, as well as the Crawford Auto Aviation Museum.

 

 

Put In Bay

There are numerous islands in Western Lake Erie. By far the most popular is Put In Bay, where each summer thousands take the ferries to party for the weekend.

Also on the island is the 352′ (107m) high Perry Monument. It is thought to be the tallest Doric Column in the world.

 

 

USAF Museum

Dayton is the home of the National Museum of the United States Air Force. It is the largest and oldest military aviation museum in the world. (lots of world’s largest in Ohio). The four hangars have more than a million square feet of space for the 360+ aircraft. And it has free admission!

 

 

 

 

 

Nature

1979     1990     1996     1999     2015

 

 

 

Hocking Hills

The most popular park in the state is Hocking Hills in Southeastern Ohio.

 

 

 

Cleveland

While technically Columbus is the largest city in the state in population, it is because the city limits extend for miles. Cleveland however is completely hemmed in by suburbs, but the metro area is much larger than Columbus (especially if you consider Akron part of the metro area).

It’s many attractions include the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Lake Erie Shoreline, and the major league sports teams.

 

 

Cincinnati

At the other end of the state is Cincinnati. It’s location on the Ohio River resulted in Cincinnati very early being one of America’s major cities. In the mid 1800s it was the 6th largest city in the country.

It still remains a major city, with numerous attractions like the Cincinnati Union Terminal Museum Center, the Cincinnati Bengal and Reds, and the riverfront.

 

 

 

The People of Ohio

With all the interesting attractions in Ohio, easily the best are the people. We have attended a plethora of interesting events, resulting in this fantastic collections of Characters of Ohio.

 

 

 

 

Cleveland – February 2020 – Instruments of the Rock Hall of Fame

Cleveland Rocks – at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!




While they normally have a nice selection of the instruments that made all those classic songs, for a limited time they have pulled out many more and have them on display throughout the entire museum.

Johnny Otis wrote numerous songs, including contributing to the writing of Hound Dog.





Legendary bluesman John Lee Hooker’s guitar.




There is a section of the museum dedicated to the music of various cities – including Memphis.





A section celebrating the 25 years of Vans Warped Tours.





A number of guitars have unique shapes.





Chuck Berry – Keith Richards once said if they needed another name for Rock and Roll they should use Chuck Berry.





Elvis Presley’s Guitar – who knew he could even play a guitar.





Jerry Garcia’s Guitar.





Eric Clapton’s Strat.





Along with David Gilmour’s.





The collection continues through numerous rooms.









Jeff Beck’s worn out guitar.





As is Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Strat.






The bass guitar of Dee Dee Ramone.





The guitar god collection continues.





Paul McCartney’s rhythm guitar on the right.





Pete Townshend’s guitar – intact! Upstairs was another that he had destroyed.





Z Z Top guitars looking like they came from a Mad Max movie. The collection was excellent – too bad I only had a point and click camera with me!





A Milestone – Posting Number 1000

This photography blog started out as a way to share some photos with friends, but after a number of years it has reached a milestone – posting number 1000!

To celebrate I give you my favorite 40 photos of all time. (I tried to make it less but could not)

Scottsbluff, Nebraska




Milwaukee sunrise




Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan





Duluth, Minnesota thunderstorm





Yellowstone National Park – All Hail the Geyser Gods





Pagosa Springs, Colorado





Mendocino County, California





Cambridge, Ohio lumberjack contest






Cincinnati Renaissance Festival






Loudonville, Ohio – Native American Pow Wow





Alaska Peninsula








Columbus – Krampus





Chicago





New York City subway art





Cincinnati – Rosie the Riveter Contest





Lanai, Hawaii – Cat Sanctuary





Haleakala National Park, Hawaii





Waimea Canyon Park, Kauai, Hawaii





Columbus – Krampus V2





Washington DC – Embassy Day





Houston – Lucky Land





Amarillo, Texas – Cadillac Ranch





Cleveland – Parade the Circle





Columbus Zoo









Montreal




Olivos, Argentina





San Antonio De Areco, Argentina





Buenos Aires – Casa Rosada





Bariloche, Argentina





Buenos Aires – Retiro Train Station





Buenos Aires – Recoleta Cemetery





Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina





La Leona, Argentina





El Calafate, Argentina





Buenos Aires – Palacio Barolo





Igauzu Falls, Argentina







Marietta, Ohio – September 2019 – Sternwheeler Festival

In the early days of river transportation a common style of boat was the sternwheeler. With it’s distinctive large wooden wheel on the back (stern) to propel it, it was a common sight along the Ohio River.

Today most of the sternwheels are mostly decorative, with a traditional propeller providing most of the propulsion. The boats at the Marietta Sternwheeler Festival were mostly campers on boats.


































Columbus – July 2019 – Bird Walk at Audubon Park

Audubon Park is located just south of downtown Columbus in a reclaimed ‘brown field’, aka – old industrial areas. The transformation to a nature preserve is amazing.



We were there on a Saturday morning for a ‘Beginning Birding Hike’. Our guide Erika was knowledgeable and enthusiastic.



We started out with the easy ones in the feeders.



While ostensibly we were there to check out the birds, the flowers and plants were interesting as well.



Not to mention twin turtles.



The bees were busy…



Of course I was too busy taking photos to pay attention to what type of bird this was!



As always wandering off from the crowd, who came away with more knowledge about birds than I did.



The boardwalk across the wetlands provided more flower and plant photo ops.




More birds..





The small, but passionate group was very focused.



An egret,



And a blue heron.



Despite the heat it was a great way to spend a couple of hours, thanks to the parks and our guide Erika.