Pencils In A Field

This world is filled with roadside attractions and oddities great and small. One delightful example is in a field in rural Ross County.

Down a country lane not far from Frankfort, the entrance to a field is marked by a gate that’s flanked by these larger than life concrete pencils.

I have yet to meet someone who can explain their purpose and they’re a little weathered but cool nonetheless.

If you go, they are on private property so be mindful of that. The GPS coordinates are N 39° 21.772 W 083° 07.060.

South Salem, Ohio

A tip from Christine sent me to South Salem, Ohio last weekend. She told me about a covered bridge and a historic academy that she thought I would like. What she didn’t mention is that it’s a quaint town with a beautiful church, cute post office and the feel of a New England village.

I didn’t make many pictures here but enjoyed my brief visit immensely.

This is officially the most traveled covered bridge I’ve seen yet as it is open to traffic along a well traveled road. I saw no fewer than eight cars go through during the few minutes I hung around.

The Buckskin or South Salem Covered Bridge was built in 1873 and appears to be lovingly cared for and appreciated in the community.

If you go, be aware there’s not a great place to pull over for pictures. The side you want to photograph is when you’re entering the village. One house has a private property sign in the edge of their yard where it might be safe to stop – likely because the residents are sick of people like me pulling over for a photo. Another driveway across the road didn’t have any signs so I pulled in for a minute to do my business and moved on quickly.

The alternative is to stop in the road and that’s not especially safe on this side of the bridge but you could get by doing that on the other end.

Incidentally, this is the last remaining covered bridge in Ross County. Thanks to Christine for the great advice! It was a good day.

Same Farm, Fresh Perspective

I spotted this farm on the Fourth of July. I’ve driven by plenty of times before but always coming from the opposite direction, always missing something really special.

Look more closely.

Isn’t it fabulous?

And check out the detail on the barn.

It’s a small thing but it makes a big difference.

One of the best things you can do when wandering around this big world is to turn around and go the other way. If you always turn left, go right. If you always take the same route, turn around and drive it the other direction. That fresh perspective may reveal things that have been unseen for years. It may just help you better appreciate the sights by viewing them from a new angle.

And it could turn up nothing new but at least you tried!