Dayton: Hikes and Bridges

Last week, I went to Dayton with Tony (this was the third trip for me…I went in 2010 and 2014…sorry the pictures are broken…I don’t know how to fix them).

We arrived Wednesday afternoon and only had time for dinner. We went to Warped Wing, a beer brewing/tasting place with bar food that Tony really likes (it’s a beer place, so be warned that you have to confirm your age, if you visit the website). After dinner, we went back to the hotel and played board games with one of the people Tony works with up there.

Thursday, I dropped Tony and his coworker at their destination and went to the George Rogers Clark Park. It was on the way to the covered bridges I was going to look at and it advertised a hiking group. I thought it would be more along the lines of a ranger leading a group of people and telling them all the really basic stuff that they tend to talk about. It turned out to be a group of citizens who are mostly out for exercise. It wasn’t totally a loss though. While we walked around, a few people were interested in telling me about the park.

I was interested to learn about one of the ways that beekeeping differs in Ohio from Virginia. We walked past a hive that was protected only with chain link. Around here, hives are always in an electric fence to keep bears out. When I asked about it, I was told that they don’t have to worry about bears. When I got home, I did some looking…it seems like there aren’t black bears in Ohio at all.

Ohio has very nice parks. I don’t know how much of that is money that the state/localities spend on their parks and how much is the generosity of people like one of the guys on the hike with me. It turned out that, not only did he build the (very nice) trail markers, he also did some stained glass that is on display in the interpretive center. He walked with me a little while and said that, in addition to the things I’d already learned, he’d also done a lot of volunteer work in the park and helped build the barn (equipment storage, it looked like).

After the hike, I drove up to Marysville and had lunch at the Half Pint (I would go back). From there, it was two blocks to the Union County Chamber of Commerce, so I went to get a paper copy of the map for the covered bridges.

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The first bridge (Streng Road)  isn’t a covered bridge. When I was planning my trip, I thought about skipping it. I’m really glad I didn’t because it was a really impressive bridge. I don’t really know anything about bridges, so I’m all about the aesthetics. So, my comments about this bridge are it’s green, shinier/cleaner than I expected, and most decorative than I expected.

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The next several bridges looked a lot alike (not unlike the last Ohio bridge tour, but those were all grey and didn’t have window flap things). I enjoyed looking at the bridges, but I was a little disappointed that the “tour” part wasn’t more interesting. I don’t know if that’s because I didn’t really feel like being in the car or if the newness of Ohio is wearing off or if it was because it was February and no state looks that interesting in February unless there’s snow on the ground. I shouldn’t complain though: it was warm enough to be walking around, taking pictures in a t-shirt.

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I was surprised by how new some of the bridges were. Some were as new as the 2000s. And this bridge in particular was really busy. I did manage to get a picture without cars in it, but there wasn’t time for me to stand in the middle of the road and take a really good picture like I could at all of the other bridges. After this bridge, I had to return to Dayton to pick up Tony so we could get ready for dinner at Lucky’s (another of Tony’s favorites) with a couple of people he works with up there. It was good, but I ate too much at Half Pint to really appreciate it, I think.

You can see more pictures from the trip, including more bridge pictures, here.

The Guardian Remembers

I don’t remember if I wrote about it before, but when we had the last flock of chickens, Whiskey was quite alert to them and responded quickly if they sounded distressed. When the new flock started coming out of their house, they had the usual skirmishes and just like he had with the last flock, he ran down to see what the problem was. When he determined it wasn’t an external threat (fox or other predator), he left them to their little spats.

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The other thing that I’m glad he remembers is how to share. The lard that I made last year started molding (we kept it in the cabinet), so I took it to the chicken house as a supplement for when it gets colder. I’ve also been using it as a bribe to get the chicks out of their house. The dogs, of course, love the lard, but they haven’t bothered the chickens. I have to say that I’m really glad that the lessons from the last flock have carried over to this one.

Feeder & Nest Box Update

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Last week, I said I’d tell you about the nest box doors and the new feeder.

The new feeder is harder to show in pictures because I forgot to take them the last time the chicks ran out of food. It’s really easy though: I have a Dremel with a “MultiPurpose-Cutting-Bit” (don’t ask why there are all the hyphens) that I used to cut a hole for some two inch pipe. I used a male and female adapter to screw the spouts onto the container. I glued a 60º street elbow onto that. Because of the shape of the container (I think), I have the back of the container sitting on a 2×2 to shift it forward just a little to make the feed come out better. It might’ve worked better with three inch pipe, but I don’t really know. I need to add some more spouts, but they aren’t throwing as much feed all over the house, so I’m happy.

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For the nest boxes, since I already told you about them, I’ll just post the picture. There are two knobs on each door, if that helps.