Caverns and Graves

I’m back.  My plane touched down around 5 in the evening on Sunday.  Of course, I have a shit ton of pictures and I really need to share them with you so at least two days this week you’ll have to indulge me.

Ohio Caverns

The Ohio Caverns was originally an aquifer which held an underground river of melted glacier water. The river eventually receded to lower levels of the ground and is now unseen.  In 1897 a 17 year old farmhand named Robert Noffsinger got curious when he noticed a sinkhole on the property that would fill with rain and then be completely dry the next day, so he began to dig.  After reaching limestone and finding a crack he was able to break through and lower himself into the caverns becoming the first living being inside of them.

 

Ohio Caverns

Ohio Caverns

The Ohio Caverns contain many crystal formations. Approximately 90% of its stalactite and stalagmite formations are still active.

Cavern stalagmites and stalagtites

You will see examples of every type of formation in the Ohio Caverns: iron oxide formations; manganese dioxide formations; calcite formations: stalactites, stalagmites, columns, flowstone, soda straws, and helictites; and Dual Formations.  Dual Formations are extremely rare and the Ohio Caverns is the only known cave in North America, (and one of very few in the world), known to have Dual Formations. In the Ohio Caverns there are calcite stalactites growing on the ends of iron oxide formations.

 

Cavern Crystals

Dual Formations

Did you know there is a difference between a cavern and a cave?  A cave is any cavity in the ground that is large enough that some portion of it will not receive direct sunlight and there are many types of caves.  A cavern is a specific type of cave that is naturally formed in soluble rock with the ability to grow speleothems. So, although a cavern can accurately be called a cave, not all caves can be called caverns.

Ohio Caverns

After we left the Ohio Caverns we were driving down a road taking the scenic route back when we spotted a row of old stones on the side of the road.  We turned around and went back and discovered Bigelow Cemetery State Nature Preserve.

Bigelow Pioneer Cemetery

The cemetery isn’t plowed or mowed as it contains many prairie grasses and wildflowers.  Unfortunately we did not get to see it in its full splendor as the wildflowers bloom in mid to late summer but we didn’t mind.  We felt so fortunate that we found it and were able to see it.

Bigelow Cemetery

Some of the graves dated back to the early 1800’s.

Old gravestone

There was one row of an entire family who all died around the same time, most likely from some sort of disease.

grave stone

I found it so interesting how they wrote the date of death and then instead of a birth year which is commonly seen today, we saw things like ‘aged 75 yrs, 2 mos, 5 days.  It was so interesting.

This next set of stones was off in the corner.  I think some of the pieces may have been broken parts of stones that they haven’t found or damaged gravestones that haven’t been repaired.  Whatever the case I got an overwhelming sense of sadness looking at it.

Bigelow Cemetery

I’m so glad that I was able to see this piece of history which is located at 600 Rosedale Road in Madison County, Ohio.  I was so enthralled by the history of the place that I researched the families who were buried there.  It was quite interesting.  I hope I can visit there again someday.

Have you ever visited an old cemetery?

Have you ever visited any of the caverns in the United States?  I’ve seen Ruby Falls, The Lost Sea, Luray Caverns and the Ohio Caverns.  I have a thing for caverns obviously.

High Banks and the Short North

On Wednesday the kid had to go into work but since he didn’t have to go in until 1:30 in the afternoon, we decided to go down to the Short North in the morning.  Before going to the Short North market we visited Goodale Park.

Goodale Park

I loved the cherry blossom trees and all of the other trees which were just beginning to bloom.  Even though it was freakin freezing outside, it made it feel like spring.

Goodale Park Columbus

There was a little pond there as well and we were surprised there were geese everywhere.  The kid keeps reminding me not to touch them because it’s mating season and apparently they can get quite vicious when they are nesting.

the Pond at Goodale park

After a walk around the park we visited the Short North market.

the Short North

The Short North is a really cool place but I think it would be much cooler at night because there are a ton of restaurants and bars that look really fun.

Later in the afternoon I drove the kid to work and then I tried to find a park near his work.  Unfortunately they were doing construction and I couldn’t figure out how to get in.  I didn’t give up though, I googled another park and off I went to Highbanks.

I ran 2 of the trails but I loved the first one best.  It was the dripping rock trail I think.  Later the kid told me it’s his favorite too.

And I could see why, it was absolutely beautiful.  I bet in the late spring and summer when everything is in full bloom it’s mesmerizing.

I kept calling it Highlands on instagram and facebook because I’m an idiot but it’s actually called Highbanks Metro Park so Columbians, I’m sorry.  I stand corrected and it’s a beautiful park that I plan to visit many more times.

Have a happy Friday, I’ll be back soon with a bazillion more pictures.

Cleveland part two, does it ever get warm?

Yesterday kind of got away from me.  Mostly because the kid and I spent the morning at the Short North and then after a quick trip to Polaris, I dropped him off at work and went running at Highbanks, (it was awesome!)

But you’ll have to wait til tomorrow on that because first I need to finish telling you about Cleveland.

Cleveland

I’m in a top knot phase lately and also, I’m lazy.

We went to Cleveland right after visiting Lake Erie and we were freezing so we decided to visit the Arcade.  On the way there, we passed the House of Blues.

House of Blues

Obviously it wasn’t open but I’d love to go back sometime and see an awesome concert or two.

The first place that we went to is called The Arcade.

The Arcade Cleveland

The Arcade originally opened in 1890 and was the very first indoor shopping center in America so it was fitting that I should visit.

Seriously though, the architecture and detail in this building was the main reason the kid and I decided to check it out.  We both love architecture and the buildings in Cleveland did not disappoint.

Cleveland Arcade

Cleveland Arcade

Cleveland Arcade

What? No topknot?

After the Cleveland Arcade we checked out some of the older buildings in the city.

Cleveland

We fell in love with the church behind me.  The detail in that building was exquisite.

After walking around for a while in the extremely cold weather I realized I had forgotten my hat or anything to cover my ears and I was cold so, we walked over to Tower City Center to see if we could find something.

Tower City Center is also home to the Ritz Carlton and it was Monday and there was a rumor that a certain family was in town and staying there.  I believe they are known as the KarJenner’s.  We did not see any of them but that is how we heard about the ladies who’s reservations were cancelled.

Tower City Center Cleveland

Aaaand the top knot is back but only for a brief time…

My cousin had recommended the rock and roll hall of fame and we had planned on visiting but then we came across Jack’s.  If you don’t know Jack, you should get to know him.

Jack's Casino

Jack's

Aw shit, we gonna be awhile….

After I calmed the kid down, we did pretty good.  It was his first time in a casino and good Lord, he got so amped up he kept leaving our bag and his jacket at random places and we had to go back and find them.  In the end, he won 100 bucks and I literally made him walk away which I’m sure he’ll appreciate later but at the time he was all ready to play some more.

It was already getting late so we decided to check out a local eatery and then head home.

The Winking Lizard

We went to the Winking Lizard.

They had a vast selection of craft beers to choose from so of course I chose the obvious, I went with the Pinot Grigio.

And then we wrapped it up.  The kid and I had visited Ikea on Sunday and we had a ton of stuff to put together.

menardds

Off to Menard’s for some tools. This will work right?

Based on the weather so far, I think I’m gonna need to borrow the kids hat.

cold weather hat

Bring on the trails, momma’s ready!

Tomorrow I’ll tell you about the trail I ran and I’ll get the name right for a change.  And I’ll tell you about some other really cool and fun stuff.

Have you ever been to a casino?

Did you win big or lose it all?