Category Archives: Nature/Outdoors

“One of the greatest views in the world.”

We had one more “lagniappe” to experience, and I had figured out exactly both what and where it would be. I knew that this place was going to be just “the place” for me. Before we jump to conclusions, let … Continue reading

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“To be the inhabitant of such a forest as this!”

“To be the inhabitant of such a forest as this!,” exclaimed Henry David Thoreau during one of his three explorations of the Maine woods between 1846 and 1857. His observations on the natural beauty and inhabitants of Maine became The … Continue reading

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“When he finally tumbled back in, ‘Jeeeeeeeesus!’ would seem an apt possibility [for what he said].”

Leave it to Bill Bryson to brilliantly recount the epic event that occurred on April 12, 1934. On that date, the highest wind ever measured on Earth — 231 mph — was recorded at the summit of Mount Washington, the … Continue reading

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“O hushed October morning mild, thy leaves have ripened to the fall”

What do New England and part of Japan have in common? They’re the only two places in the world that are said to have truly spectacular displays of Fall color, thanks to the diversity of species of deciduous trees in … Continue reading

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If You Seek A Spectacular Mackinac Island View, Climb The Steep Stairs To Anne’s Tablet

“If you would seek a pleasant peninsula, look around you,” Michigan’s motto suggests. If you seek a spectacular Mackinac Island view, climb the steep stairs to Anne’s Tablet. To protect four particularly beautiful panoramas from future development, early-20th-century island cottagers … Continue reading

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Battelle Darby Creek Park’s Naturalists Know How To Throw My Kind Of Kentucky Derby Party

“April hath put a spirit of youth in everything,” William Shakespeare mused.  Here on Riverglen Drive, the last week of April always puts my neighbors in the spirit of partying. It begins with the huge truckload of mulch dumped in … Continue reading

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Be Still, My Beating Heart, For The Healthy Sanctuary On Olentangy River Road

While I’ve “taken the waters” from the hot springs bubbling below Bath, England and West Virginia’s famous White Sulphur Springs, I derived just as many beneficial and healing properties from a much closer destination. Spending the better part of a … Continue reading

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