Some “Posts” from Long Ago and Far Away

“Old Format”

Hi Folks,

In a time, long ago when I was only eighty years old, I published an earlier version of “Walker’s Walk-Abouts”. I have since lost the ability to edit this version, so I have reinvented the “Blog” in a newer format.

“New Format”

Okay. I added that first paragraph just to confuse you, and keep you off-balance. However, that “Old Format” had several years worth of “Old Posts” that you might find interesting.

There is a “Post” that is about a hike Judy and I did through “Conkle’s Hollow” in Hocking County. On that same hike, we stopped by the restaurant in “Lake Hope State Park”. There some great images of the Hollow, along with Old Man’s Cave in this one.

 

Then there is the “Post” of the twenty-mile hike that I took on my eightieth birthday, through Mohican State Park. I try to keep it quiet about it, but I got lost and spent some quality time in the woods contemplating my potential demise.

 

Then there is the “Post” about how those “Three Bears” came out of a tree in my front yard.

It all started with this, That blob on the right is actually a large section of the top of the tree.

This another angle of the tree top that took out the electric wires and shut down a large section of Loudonville’s electric power for several hours.

And here is that same tree a year and a half later.

So anyway like the old saying goes “If all you have to work with is a dead tree, Make “Three Bears” out of it.”

There are some other “Posts” as well, but I’ll leave you to discover those on your own.

If you click on the “Walker’s Walk-Abouts” below it will take you to those earlier “Posts”.

Walker’s Walk-Abouts | The wanderings of SweetOleBob (wordpress.com)

Walking the Ohio Canal ( Zoar Area)

Hi Folks,

Last evening, Judy and I went for a hike along the old Ohio Canal just outside of Zoar, Ohio. From the parking area we turned west toward Fort Laurens. It’s early Spring so there is not much in the way of greenery yet, but these critters are out in abundance.

The Ohio Canal runs parallel to the Tuscarawas river and back in the day used the river for its water source

That’s the Tuscarawas River on the right, and the Ohio Erie Canal on the left. You will notice that the trail ahead is graveled and reasonably level. It is great for both hiking and bike riding. (No motors allowed.)

We continued along the path and approximately 3/4 of a mile from the parking lot, we found this walk-around.

 

It;s a boardwalk that gets you around this old railroad abutment that once carried the railroad coming out of Zoar over the canal,

Can you imagine an old post Civil War locomotive hauling passengers in train cars, crossing over a canal boat hauling a farmers corn to Coshocton?

 

I forgot to mention that just as we entered the boardwalk some kind person left us this.

Judy wouldn’t eat hers, so I ate both. I’m sure Judy regretted her decision later.

We continued up the path to Lock 10. It’s about 2 miles from the parking lot, so since this is just an evening walk. it will be our destination.

I know you can’t read it but I took the picture so you would know that I made it!

Back to the Drawing Board

I know that most of you will be amazed at this, but I’ve actually had people ask me “When are you going to stop walking, and talking, and start creating!!!”

Some Folks are really “Cheeky”. They have a tendency to be right, but “Cheeky” none the less.

Anyway, I started this painting at an “Art in the Alley” event in New Philadelphia in the Fall of 2019, and truth be told forgot about it. Well I dusted it off, and I’ll give it another shot.

This will be a canal boat being pulled down the canal by a young lady, and her team of mules. It is being painted as a mono-color on a 12 X 24 inch canvas.

Let’s see if I still remember how to do this,

“We’re Off To See Fallingwaters”

My wife Judy, and I decided that Spring in Ohio was too long in coming, so we decided to go looking for it. So on Friday April 2, 2021, we grabbed a quick breakfast, put on our hiking boots, packed up the camera, and a couple of cookies, and hit the road for southern Pennsylvania. The destination was “Fallingwaters”, a home designed by Frank lloyd Wright, in 1935 near Ohio Pyle in Western Pennsylvania.

The house was designed and built to compliment the landscape. Judy and I had been to the site in the early 2000’s, and at that time the house was being renovated. There were huge iron beams under the lower balcony that were supporting the house while they were reworking the cantilever system that holds the house up.

Those beams have now been removed and “Fallingwaters” is back to its original glory.

The house was not open to the public yet, but we hiked the grounds and surrounding forest for several hours, then drove into Ohiopyle.

Ohiopyle is a small town that sits right alongside the Youghiogheny ( I’ll leave the pronunciation up to you.) River. This is one of the best white-water rivers in Pennsylvania. When the weather warms a bit, there are rafting and kayaking and tours down this and two other rapids in the area.

I did this watercolor of the rapids several years ago. It is on a 15 X 20 inch 140#, cold-pressed paper.

All-in-all it was a Great Day, and we are looking forward to the next “Walk About”.

 

 

 

Looking for Spring in Pennsylvania

My wife Judy, and I decided that Spring in Ohio was too long in coming, so we decided to go looking for it. So on Friday April 2, 2021, we grabbed a quick breakfast, put on our hiking boots, packed up the camera, and a couple of cookies, and hit the road for southern Pennsylvania. The destination was “Fallingwaters”, a home designed by Frank lloyd Wright, in 1935 near Ohio Pyle in Western Pennsylvania.

The house was designed and built to compliment the landscape. Judy and I had been to the site in the early 2000’s, and at that time the house was being renovated. There were huge iron beams under the lower balcony that were supporting the house while they were reworking the cantilever system that holds the house up.

Those beams have now been removed and “Fallingwaters” is back to its original glory.

The house was not open to the public yet, but we hiked the grounds and surrounding forest for several hours, then drove into Ohiopyle.

Ohiopyle is a small town that sits right alongside the Youghiogheny ( I’ll leave the pronunciation up to you.) River. This is one of the best white-water rivers in Pennsylvania. When the weather warms a bit, there are rafting and kayaking and tours down this and two other rapids in the area.

I did this watercolor of the rapids several years ago. It is on a 15 X 20 inch 140#, cold-pressed paper.

All-in-all it was a Great Day, and we are looking forward to the next “Walk About”.