Saturday, April 25, 2009

Visit to Hocking Hills State Park

It is finally warming up here in Ohio. Last Saturday the temperature rose to a balmy
70 F. Miriam and I were up for a Saturday adventure, so we decided to visit Hocking Hills State Park, about 1.5 hours south of us. Ohio is a state where the Great Plains meets with the foothills of the Appalachians. By the time you drive you drive 1.5 hours south of here, there are more hills everywhere.

We would love visitors. Should you come, we would like to take you to see a few nice areas around here. Here are some pictures of the park. There are some nice waterfalls and caves. One tiny little stream suddenly makes a dive for what seems to be 200ft.
The waterfalls tend to dry up as summer comes, so now is a great time to visit.

This is the first waterfall that we saw
Another small 2-stage waterfall.
Old Man's Cave. For those of you who know my old man charactor, yes this is the true name of the place.
Another picture. The cave overhang is really large. The scale of people to objects gives you an idea of the enormous size of the cave and overhang.
Looking back at the small stream near the cave and the walking bridge to cross the stream.
Another picture that gives you a view from the bottom at the stream to the top of the cave. You can walk to the very edge on top. But be careful.
Miriam loves to climb rocks at the park. Hey Lydia, we know were to take you when you visit

Another beautiful waterfall. People enjoy playing in the water in the shallow stream area fed by the waterfall. Waterfall, zoomed in picture.
A lot of people came from different places to enjoy the weather.
Ash Cave, look down into it. Look at the small people below. You can see the waterfall. It is a little stream that runs over the cliff.

Having gone down all of the steps to get to bottom, here is what the view upwards looks like.
There is Miriam, at the bottom. Feeling the temperature of the water. We went to Dairy Queen afterwards. Miriam got a chocolate blizzard and I got a Starkiss. I love those.


Anna Naomi said...

Looks beautiful! The weather here is so beautiful - it puts me in a mood to go for a hike and/or on a picnic. Glad you're enjoying yourself up there!

Anonymous said...

yeah looks beautiful

i'm beccy. said...

I love the pictures. Can you believe in all my years of living in OH I never made it there? I just found out about it right before moving away. I think we are going to have to make a side trip next visit!

Lydia said...

That park looks great!!! Glad you guys had fun! I'm planning to be in Ohio for my friend Julie's wedding on August 7th. I would love to come see you before or after the wedding.

Miriam said...

It was indeed beautiful! We look forward to seeing you Lydia along with any other siblings that are able to come this summer.

Beccy - you'll definitly have to take a look at this park when you come back to Ohio. Does your family live here? It would be cool to see you again if you ever are able to visit!