Urban Air

I learned this week that Urban Air is coming back to Logan this May. Imagine having your downtown taken over by several dozen Airstreams…… it’s a sight to behold, especially if you are as captivated by the romance of an Airstream as I am.

The town rolls out the red carpet for this event and there was a lot to do last year. I’m hopeful it’s just as fun this time.

Don’t worry, I’ll tell you more about the event in case you’re interested in going. I have more pictures from last year too!

Winter Hike

I am fortunate to live close to several Ohio State Parks but have struggled to get outside this winter. Rain, cold, early darkness, my busy life and occasional laziness have largely kept me inside.

This week I’ve been dying to breathe some fresh air and stretch my legs. There’s nothing like a hike to clear the mind and help reframe troubles into something better.

So I headed out to Old Mans Cave in the famed Hocking Hills yesterday. There were flurries in the air and it wasn’t quite thirty degrees but proper layers kept me warm enough. Unfortunately, the entire park was basically a sheet of ice. There’s no preparing for that.

I hiked about 2.25 miles and didn’t fall despite the fact I was wishing for ice skates most of the way.

It was a short hike but quite challenging and indescribably beautiful. I’m glad I went and was equally glad to get out safely.

People often say they don’t like winter hiking because of the cold and I’ll never understand that. Despite the cold and ice, yesterday’s hike was far more pleasant than the hot, humid ones of summer in Ohio.

If you’ve never done it, my advice is to layer up and plan to reward yourself with some pancakes afterward like I did!

Christmas At Dogwood Pass

Let’s talk about Christmas, shall we?

Just down the road, near the village of Beaver, there’s a fun little place called Dogwood Pass. This old west town is complete with a mercantile, saloon, jail and other structures to tour and enjoy. During warm weather they host reenactments as well as events and private parties. During the Christmas season they go all out with lights and decorations.  On the weekends they have music, Santa and other fun as well.

I visited on a Saturday night last December, arriving just in time for Santa’s grand entrance. There was a light snow on the ground and he drove in to the town in a horsedrawn sleigh with jingle bells. A brass band played him in and he held court in the saloon, visiting with boys and girls of all ages. He was exactly what you would hope Santa would be like and his wife was lovely too.

I’m hoping to go back again this year. Maybe it will help me get into the holiday spirit. It’s a fun place for people of all ages but I imagine families would especially love it. I’m a big fan of supporting local businesses and events and hope you’ll support them too.

Dogwood Pass is located just off Route 32 near Beaver. You’ll see signs from the highway. The address is 722 Adams Road, Beaver and Google Maps should get you there from wherever you are in the world.

Get their hours and admission info on their Facebook page and visit them online for more information about the town and their events.