More Ohio Pictures

Ok, I’ve finally gotten up all the pictures I want to put up from the Ohio Trip. So check them out. There are some that I didn’t blog about, so there is still something new to see.

The link.


Steam Trains and Other Exciting Things

Thursday, I also went back to the Carillon Historical Park, like I said I would. I thought the website would have more pictures, so I deleted a bunch of the ones I took because the light was so lousy the shutter speed was slow enough that it was impossible to handhold the camera and get a shot that wasn’t blurry. Unfortunately, there aren’t many official pictures on the website and doing a Google image search for Carillon Historical Park doesn’t give me any pictures I’m interested in.

My first stop was back to see the Rubicon. I didn’t realize at the time that they also had an older train engine, but knew that I had seen this train through the windows and I wanted to go back and get a better view…and some pictures. This is a much better picture of the Rubicon than any I could get; they must have moved it in the last three years to a darker, smaller building. The building it is currently in is much too small to get the whole engine in the picture and too dark to get a very good picture, but it’s good to jog the memory!

Next, I went to the transportation building, which was probably my favorite stop of the whole park. The building had been locked when we went after hours and I was curious to see what was inside. I was pleasantly surprised to see all of the cool stuff they have stored in there. The girl who was manning the building gave me a tour. First, she showed me an engine that was even older than the Rubicon (see above) – “the oldest existing locomotive built in the US” according to the sheet of paper they give people.

Next, she pointed to this fire engine, parked next to the train. She didn’t say much about it, save that it was pulled by animals. The sheet of paper they gave out says that this type of vehicle began to replace the bucket brigades. I have to say, it’s nothing like the fire engines we have today, but I can see how it’d be an improvement at the time.

There were several trolley cars and those were really interesting, especially since they had ties to the area – most, if not all of the vehicles were made and/or used in the area. The Barney & Smith car was kind of overwhelming in the opulence compared to the other vehicles in the room (stained glass and mahogany with inlay, in particular). It had a separate section for the men who wanted to smoke/drink/play cards/talk politics/do other “manly” things. The summer trolley was interesting in that it only went one way, so someone had the foresight to make reversible benches so the passengers could always be facing forward. There were lots of other really cool things, but I can’t seem to find pictures right now, so I’ll just leave it at that.

My guide told me that the carriage was built to hold 9 people and that it would be a tight fit with any girls in there, as they wore large skirts during its operation (I can only imagine squeezing a maximum of 6 people in there in jeans). I can’t even imagine….


And so, after three days of wandering, my self-guided tour of the Dayton area came to an end. Friday, Tony and I went to the Air Force Museum before driving home. He took the pictures at the museum, so I’ll have to get him to write about that so I can link to it.

More Bridges

Thursday I drove to Germantown, Ohio to look at two more covered bridges before I left. I got to see these online, so knew that I was going to see something at least a little different than the ones I’d seen the first day. The first bridge, seen above, was in the middle of Germantown. It’s a pedestrian bridge only, so I could wander around and take pictures of it from whatever angle I liked (there was even a path to get under the bridge), unlike the bridges I saw on Tuesday.

One of the nicest things about the bridge was that it was a really inviting place to just sit and chat with people around town, if they were inclined to just sit and congregate someplace. Of course, it didn’t look like they thought this was the case, but someone had provided several seats. As I was taking pictures, I kind of wished I hadn’t been exploring alone as it would have been nice to have someone to sit in the seat as I was taking pictures for the shot above. That’s the view from the top of the bridge (obviously). Not much of a body of water to cross, but if it’s like the other covered bridges around Ohio, its current location is not it’s original location.

I thought the second bridge (above) I went to see (south of Germantown, just outside of the main part of town) was the prettiest one of them all. It was also, unfortunately, the only one you couldn’t get close to. I mean, you could park right off the road from it, but you couldn’t approach the bridge unless you wanted to be trespassing, and somehow, that didn’t appeal to me. I’m not sure I was or am entirely upset, as the landscaping around the bridge was very nice. Again, the location seems a bit silly for such a large bridge, but I’m not sure this was it’s original location.

37 Foot Waterfall(s) and a Park for History

My first stop today was to the Charleston Falls Preserve where they boast a 37 foot waterfall. It seemed a bit silly, but something interesting nonetheless, so I put that on my list of sites to visit this week while I’m here. It turned out to be pretty interesting (more pictures later, since I still can’t get them off the Canon).

This first picture is of the falls. You can see that there is a cut-out behind the falls. I thought it looked like an interesting place to explore, but there are signs all over the place warning you to stay on the path (like I said, more pictures when I can hook the Canon up to my computer and download the pictures I’ve taken), so I was good and stayed where they wanted. It also didn’t seem like a good idea to get wet at the beginning of my hike.

There was also a cave a bit up the trail. The entrance wasn’t much taller than I am (about 5’5″) and pretty round. Not too interesting as you couldn’t really see into it. The walk was nice, but not really much to say about that until I have the rest of my pictures.

This is a picture from the “goldenrod hexagon.” I don’t really know what it was supposed to be, but it was a really nice place to sit and relax. The only down side was that the highway was just past the trees on one side.

I spent most of the afternoon chilling at the hotel and when Tony came back from one of his meetings, I pressed him to go to the Carillon Historical Park. I’ll keep most of the details on this a surprise, since we went after they closed and I have every intention of going back tomorrow. We got to peek in the windows (it’s like a much more relaxed version of Williamsburg, I think) and there’s some cool stuff in there, so some good pictures tomorrow, I hope (though, again, they’ll mostly be on the Canon).

This is a beer truck from the historical park. I’ll leave you with that as I’m being pestered about it being time to go to sleep…. :)