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09 Aug, 2009

Travel Channel

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I just had to make a category listing for travel. How did y’all let me go this long talking about going to various sundry places without having a category for travel? Really, sometimes I don’t know what you’re thinking!

I’ve lived in this state for 11 years. (Wow). I’ve never been to Hocking Hills. I’ve heard of it mainly in the context of “Never ride the trails at Hocking Hills without someone who understands them or you’ll never be seen again.” I’ve searched for cabins with hot tubs in other states and been mad because I kept getting tricked into opening websites for cabins in Hocking Hills. But I’ve never been. I’m not alone in this. The SO has lived here just as long and had never been either.

We went yesterday. Basically, the place is a tourist industry built up around some very cool stream and rock formations with some waterfalls thrown in. For example:

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You follow the paths with 17,000 other tourists and their dogs to see waterfalls and caves and streams and big rocks. I’m making that sound really bad but surprisingly it wasn’t. It was crowded but the air temp was about 15 degrees cooler than on the surface. There were herds of people but they were nice. The only thing that would have made it better was more water in the stream which would have made more dramatic waterfalls. I grew up heading to Niagara at the drop of the hat. You have to work to impress me with a tiny waterfall.

There are lots of stairs. The SO has a foot that is acting up lately so that was sort of a problem. We tried to take the direct route marked to the parking lot at one place. We ended up climbing over boulders. And yes, we were still on the established path. Serious workout at places. A person could be excused for wondering how many tourists have heart attacks while trying to get up to the surface. (Let it be known that I’ve been trail jogging. I climbed like a champ.)

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We rented a cabin with a hot tub. It was very nice. We also had dinner at a surprisingly upscale restaurant. It was located at the top of a mountain. There was a long, vertical gravel drive to the restaurant. The staff suggested that drinking would make the drive back down the hill easier or shorter or something like that.

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It was fun. I think we should back sometime in the fall or spring when either the leaves are changing or there is more water in the stream.

13 Jul, 2009

Burr Oak

/ posted in: General

We went to Burr Oak state park this weekend. We are doing a tour of the state parks that have resorts. This resort was on a lake made by a dam. There are lots of trails for hiking and riding. You can rent a boat and go out on the lake.

Sounds good, right? It would be if it hadn’t been pouring rain. When we got there we saw a whole group of very forlorn looking bikers standing in the lobby. They had checked out of their rooms and now were trying to postpone the ride in the downpour. We ended up going to the indoor pool for a while and then taking a nap.

After dinner it cleared up a bit so we wandered down to the lake and sat there for a bit. I think I saw a bald eagle. There was a big bird with a white head soaring by. I had time to say, “Is that an eagle?” and then it was gone.

Of course it was bright and sunny when we left the next day!

07 Jun, 2009

Montreal church tour

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Notre Dame is the most famous tourist church. It is beautiful inside but they charge to get in and I wasn’t giving them a second admission fee so I just retook some outside pictures.

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Marie-reine-du-monde (Mary Queen of the World) was my favorite church and it was free!

Looking towards the front

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A simple area of the ceiling

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The altar – The whole church is supposed to be a 1/4 scale replica of St. Peter’s in Rome down to this copy of the altar.

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Looking through the altar to the back of the church and the organ

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07 Jun, 2009

Montreal pictures

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I went back and took more pictures to replace the dearly departed ones.

Street scenes in Vieux-Montreal which is the old downtown area with lots of shops and restaurants.

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The architecture was amazing.

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Occasionally you’d get glimpses of gardens

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This area is on the waterfront.

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Gratuitous horse picture – love that carriage

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