Exploring Ohio

Sometime mid-2015 I got in my mind that I wanted to move to a different state. I dreamed of living somewhere that I could find new things to explore, and photograph everywhere I looked. I’ve lived in Ohio my life, and while I love it here and it will probably always be “home”, I want to experience new things. The traveling I’ve done these last two years, in the grand scheme of things, isn’t all that crazy but it definitely put a bug under my skin.* I don’t even have a specific place I’d like to be living instead, just somewhere new, I guess.

I don’t think moving out of state is in the cards for me right this moment. (Mostly because I would REALLY miss my parents. Hi mom, you’re welcome!) Instead of moping around that I’ve done everything I want to do or that I’ve seen everything that would interest me in the area I’m making it one of my 2016 goals to make an extra effort to find new things, and appreciate the other things I’ve taken for granted in this state. I want to explore Ohio to the fullest!

Last Saturday we got our first snow of the season. Sadly, it wasn’t all much. It actually melted by the end of the day. Whomp, whomp, whomp. I still thought it would be the perfect excuse to head to the beach. I bundled up, grabbed my cameras, and ventured out to the lake.
Over the summer I found some little fishing trail type things (great description, huh?) along the water. All the hours I’ve spent at the beach and somehow I never knew they were there. They quickly became my favorite spot to bike to because despite being at our most popular waterfront park, they were always free of crowds. One or two lone fishermen at most, but I’ve found that people who are fishing usually won’t try to spark up a conversation. They’re just looking for a little peace and quiet as well.
The trails were even more peaceful lightly covered in snow even as the waves violently crashed against the rocks. I’ve never been afraid of the water. I’m an excellent swimmer.** Yet the water still made me uneasy. The trail was iced over in a few spots, reminding me that I wasn’t exactly safe from being splashed. I walked the whole trail stopping every few feet to take in the beauty, and snap a few photos. Eventually, when I thought my fingers my freeze off, I made my way back to the car and headed home.

I think if I ever move from Ohio walks like this will be one of the things I miss the most. I am so lucky to live mere minutes from the beach. Here’s to getting out and finding more things to love here!

* I just realized that might not be an actual saying and that I’m just
kind of combining a few phrases. Google doesn’t really seem to know
what I’m talking about.

** I was on the swim team…for one whole day. Truth be told, I lived
too far out in the boonies to make it to practice every day before
school. That’s one of the very few things I disliked about where I
grew up.


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  • I feel kinda the same about my current city, I'd like to find all the cool and worth-to-see places that this place has. This isn't a very big place but I'm sure there still is a buch of neat spots that I haven't discovered yet. Exploring is the best.

  • My two fave things about OHIO:
    – The Bicycle Museum of America (It's in New Bremen, and it's incredible.)
    – Hocking Hills State Park (Waterfalls! Gorges! Camping!)

  • Hahaha in my family the phrase is "bug up my butt"! Or, if you're my father in law you say "Your mother got a wild hair up her ass so we're going to Cripple Creek". So maybe bug under your skin is just less graphic hahaha!

  • So jealous of that snow! I'm coming back to Ohio for Christmas and I was hoping the weather would be slightly more seasonal than our 73 degrees in NY, but it doesn't look like I'll get my wish 🙁 This walk seems perfect!

    • Yeeeeah. It was a pretty warm Christmas here, eh? Looks like you're just going to miss the snow though. I think we're finally going to get some later this week and I'm sure you're already home in NY by now.

  • Man, I've been having the urge to move as well. I'm finally living in the city of my dreams but it's so expensive to live here and it's starting to get to me.

    I like the idea of exploring more to get a fresh view of your city. I've always had a hard time just leaving the house with no plans though, haha. I want to make letterboxing a goal for 2016. It gets me out of the house with an plan of where to go and I get to explore a bit as well!

  • When you are done with Ohio may I suggest your neighbor to the north, Michigan? We have lots and lots of beautiful places to explore, especially in the upper peninsula! I've live here all of my life and never, ever get tired of all the places to see!

  • If I ever move to a different place (which would only ever be temporary because I am in love with Florida), it would be… well, somewhere in South America would be awesome, but I think I'd also like to go someplace the complete opposite of here, but still with awesome natural sights and biodiversity, like Alaska. 🙂

  • You have some beautiful photos there. Here in Australia we are chopping between sweltering heat and rain.

    I think it is a great idea to explore where you live. You just might be surprised of what you will find – go out and explore. I think it is a shame more people don't visit their own home state.

    Merry Christmas Kaylah and hears to a great 2016.

  • I lived in Cincinnati for 5 years, and I LOVE that city. I will always defend Cleveland to my death, but I have a place in my heart for Cincinnati. There is so much to see and do there. I was considering moving back at some point.

    • There's an amazing Indian restaurant near the University of Cincinnati. I read that you're a picky eater, but you might like to try it. There are some parks with AMAZING views of the city. If you go to a Ohio Street (Near UC also) there is a park with a great view. I haven't been in the area for about 5 years, but there is a place called Over the Rhine. When I was there it was still super sketchy and dangerous, but during the day you could get some fantastic pictures of abandoned shops and graffiti. I know that the area is being built up and becoming kind of expensive, so I don't know how much is left. There is a place called Jungle Jim's. I haven't been there, but they have food from all different countries. I wanted to visit, but I just never had the chance. There is a place called Findley Market, which has a great Gelato stand. The Market isn't as cool or big as West Side Market, but it's worth going to, especially since it's in Over the Rhine. There is also an Ikea!