A trip to Lake Erie is a good idea if staying in Columbus. It's an easy drive in a day. If you drive to Catawba you can get the Ferry to Put In Bay on South Bass Island. If you do, be sure to go to the top of the Perry Monument for the views.
10 miles north of I-270 on route 23 is the former home of the third largest telescope in the world. In the 19th century, crotchety old Ohio Weslyan University professor Hiram Perkins made a fortune in livestock with which he later built a lovely old observatory in one of the worst places in the world for astronomical observation- cloudy, hazy, Central Ohio.
Ground was broken in 1923- in an era when the elegance and beauty of construction was paramount- and the telscope, the final part of the project, was completed in 1931. For a brief time, the observatory's 69-inch scope was the third largest in the world.
After a while, however, it became clear to Astronomers that Columbus, Ohio- with city lights nearby and humid, hazy weather- was not the ideal location for a world class observatory. So, in 1961, the scope was moved out to a far more suitable location in Flagstaff AZ. The building, however, remained.
Today, still a functioning observatory thanks to the donation of a massive 32-inch telescope, Perkins has been turned into a delightful Astronomy musuem and library. There's an interesting assortment of displays and old astrononical knick-knacks to peruse. Director Tom Burns gives lively and captivating talks that miraculously hold the attention of both kids and adults. In all, more than 20,000 people, mostly children and familes, visit each year. On clear nights, members of the Columbus Astronomical Society set up telescops on the front lawn and show visitors the heavens. You can also stand under the massive observatory dome and look through the 32-inch (that's the diameter of the mirror) 'Schottland' telescope.
Skies have degraded in recent years due to our ever encroaching civilizations' fear of the dark, but on dry nights, one can still see the Milky Way from the grounds of this venerated old facility.
Public programs are held on Friday and Saturday most weeks. Though they do sell tickets at the door when space permits (no pun intended), visitors are requested to call ahead for reservations ($5.00) to ensure a spot and prevent getting turned away at the door: (740) 363-1257.
go down and explore high st. in the downtown/campus area. there's a fair amount of fun and interesting shops you won't tend to find anywhere else in columbus. there's also an area called 'the short north' which is also on high st, closer to the downtown area. you'll find more artsy shops here, and if you go the first saturday of any month there is a gallery hop you can check out. http://shortnorth.com/
Growing up my mom always took my sisters and I to cemetaries. I know, I know...it sounds a little weird. But she was into genealogy (studying the history of our family) and so she would go make rubbings of the gravestones. It's actually calming to be in the cemetaries back east. They are so quiet, and there are all of these great, big tombstones that we can't have here on the west coast.
About an hour south of Columbus there is a place tucked away in the hills, Smoke Rise Ranch, that offers a wide variety of outdoor activities.
My reason for coming was for Spring Jam, a two day music festival. Smoke Rise Ranch provides hundreds of acres of campgrounds with plenty of trees for shade. If tent camping isn't your style, the ranch also has cabins available with bath houses near by and electricity. You can also go horseback riding for a small hourly fee. In all, Smoke Rise Ranch is a good time whether you've come to have fun or get in tough with the outdoorsman or woman in you.
This was a very exciting festival for me. Not only was it my birthday, and not only was I going to see my favorite band, but I had almost all of my local friends together! Everytime Dark Star Orchestra played a song it seemed to be for my friends and we all hugged and sang and danced!! My friend Gene and I were nearly in tears as we stood there holding hands as 'Terrapin Station' cast its spell over the hilltop.
Twice a year the band, ekoostik hookah, holds a three day event called Hookahville with many other band( such as The Allman Bros.,Bob Weir, Ratdog, and such.) ekoostik hookah's mix of psychedelic rock, bluegrass, jazz, and funk is the perfect combination for a great time.
The music is great, the people are friendly, and it's a good camping experience. Once you go you'll find yourself coming back for more. For more information, go to www.ekoostik.com and 'follow in the footsteps of ol' Bill'!
Conrads College Gifts. This specialty store located at 316 West Lane Avenue in front of the Holiday Inn & opposite St. John Arena at OSU. This store caries a wide variety of college gifts & accesories & we encountered very courteous sales people.
Yes, dear readers, look at the photo, this is my face. Notice the 7 chins, I am going for 13, and this way midgets can climb up my face. This is why I travel alone. But somehow I still love life!
More pictures of Festival. This Owl was a sculpture made from Soapstone. The artist is Clarence P. Cameron out of Madison, WI.