Sunday, October 7, 2012

RickOHIO Revisited: Color Floods Ohio

This is a web column written before blogs were blogs at  Frankly, not much has changed on this one.  The recommendations still stand from 1997.  It's fall in Ohio and time to get out and see the colors of Ohio this time of year.

Color Floods Ohio
by RickOHIO

October 1997

Anywhere you look in Ohio these days, you'll see the unmatchable colors of fall brought to you by Mother Nature. Ohio is being flooded with color of every kind this autumn. Oh, what a sight.

It's with personal experience that the following activities are suggested for Ohio tourists this fall.

Walk through the Hocking Hills.
Old Man's Cave, where trapper Richard Roe lived among the nooks and crannies of a forested hills, is host to countless visitors this fall. Climb the rocks, take a nature hike, or pier out from atop a ranger's lookout tower [NOTE: Regrettably, you can't do this anymore.].

From RickOHIO's Experience: You don't have to get totally back to nature here. More than a handful of the chalets and cottages around the Hocking River Valley are equipped with hot tubs.

Tour Amish Country.
Holmes County is a hub for tourists this time of year. It's quiet and peaceful here, even though Amish Country is Ohio's second-most-visited tourist area. It's harvest time on the countless farms without fuel-fired farm equipment. The colors are tremendous on a Amish family's farm in the fall.

From RickOHIO's Experience: You will eat well here, very well. Sample the homemade pies for which the Amish of Ohio are so well known.

Watch a Massillon Tiger's Football Game.
The colors of orange and black are prevalent in Massillon this time of year. It's football season here where most everyone is a tiger. Massillon is world-reknowned for its football.

From RickOHIO's Experience: A high school football game in Massillon, Ohio should be on every true sports fan's agenda in their lifetime. With stands built for 20,000 people, you shouldn't have difficutly finding a seat for home games in September or October.

Stroll through Ohio's City of Murals.
Steubenville just celebrated the completion of the most recent of 33 murals painted on buildings in the downtown area. Colors flood the streets of this Ohio River community. The newest mural brings Dean Martin to life in full color while others depict history and historical figures which have shaped the Ohio Valley.

From RickOHIO's Experience: Across the street from three of the better murals is the Welsh Jaguar Classic Car Museum and restaurant. The food here is good and the view is too. [NOTE: Different name for the restaurant now.]

Close Together.
All of these activities are close together on the eastern half of Ohio. You can start at Massillon for a Friday night football game, stay over in Amish Country with a country breakfast Saturday morning, open your Sunday with a driving tour of Steubenville's murals, and end your weekend with a view of the sun setting on the Hocking Hills.

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