Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Blackhand Gorge: I'm Back!

Today, I go back to the north bank side of Blackhand Gorge near Toboso, Ohio.

It's not a pleasure trip.  It's a fact finding mission.  Who am I kidding?  It's a pleasure trip.

In mid July when this photo was taken, my kids and I treked the north bank side for the first time.  Inspired by the book Black Hand Gorge: A Journey Through Time, we went looking for the history mingled with the scenery.

Afterward, I boldly wrote a couple columns about my experience.

Turns out I may have, unwittingly, been trespassing, sort of, kind of.  Though, from what I can tell, the land is owned by the state, there are proper easement rights (or something of that sort) to allow a neary subdivision's various owners to set terms on whom can go through and when.

Suffice to say that has mostly been clarified and, hopefully, more people can see the wonder and experience the history of the Gorge without the shame of being labeled a trespasser in the future.

Today, I go with permission of the State ODNR and rightful easement shareholder.

Following a Newark Rotary presentation by the book author, Aaron Keirns, I get to trek the same path again, and then some.

Be assured.  I'll be writing about it afterward.

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