Ohio State University
Ohio State University is not only the largest school in Ohio, it also has one of the highest enrollments of any university in the United States. OSU is a dominant part of the Columbus community and in all of Ohio, although most people outside of academia know the school best for their football team, the Ohio State Buckeyes, who play their home games in the stadium pictured. Our youngest daughter, Jennifer, attended OSU for five years and graduated with honors, recieving her B.S. and M.S. degrees in physical therapy. The commencement speaker for her graduation was President George W. Bush. In this photo Jennifer is in line to receive her hard earned and much deserved diploma.
Ohio State University
Good seafood in the MIdwest
This is a Cameron Mitchell restaurant. You can't go wrong with any of his restaurants. The food is fresh and good. It is innovative without being too pricey. The place to go when you hit Easton for some shopping. I almost always get whatever is on special. The calamari appetizer is definitely a hit.
Jeni's Ice cream
Jeni's Ice cream is home made and uses ingredients, honey and fruits from Ohio's dairy and Ashland County. She makes some interesting flavors like sangria, red zinfandel wine, salty caramel, and goat cheese with raspberries. The last one was my surprise favorite. Easily for me it was the best ice cream in Ohio that I tried. The service here was excellent as well.
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Probably the most popular attraction in Columbus is the Zoo and Aquarium. It has a dazzling variety of animals from all over. The zoo is divided into sections representing the Americas, Asia, Africa, Australia, and Pacific islands. The Aquarium has a huge variety of sea creatures from all over the world.
In addition to the Zoo, there's a water theme park called Jungle Jack's Landing. It's included in the ticket.
It's open every day of the year, 9:00 to 5:00, and until 6:00 in summer.
These Are My Jewels Memorial
Clearly, the Statehouse grounds memorial statues, the most imposing and thematically complex, if not symbolically complicated, is the "These Are My Jewels" statue located on the northwest corner of the property. See the link below for the complete symbolism according to Ohio statehouse historians, but basically, the female statue on top represents Cornelia, an aristocratic woman unadorned by jewels because her sons, Tiberius and Gaius, successful in politics and military, were her "jewels". Similarly proud of it's contribution of distinguished men in war, the figures on the base of this complex combination of granite and bronze statues include the original six Ohio men memorialized on the statue as it stood at the 1893 World Columbia Exposition in Chicago: Generals Ulysses S. Grant, William T. Sherman, James A. Garfield and Phillip Sheridan as well as Treasury Secretary Salmon P. Chase and Lincoln's Secretary of War Edwin Stanton. Another Ohio president, the underachiever Ruther B. Hays, was added later by then Governor William McKinley when the statues were reassembled and rededicated at the present site in Columbus. Later, McKinley himself became perhaps Ohio's greatest contribution to its long list of mostly average American presidental contributions, but his even more eleborate and symbolically complex memorial is elsewhere on the statehouse grounds. I would consider the These Are My Jewels a must see memorial at the Ohio Statehouse.