Category Archives: Water fun

Water fun in southern Delaware County

Today I had to traverse from one side of southern Delaware County to the other … something I do frequently. Since I wasn’t under a specific time limit, I took some time to take photos (see below) around the three main areas for boaters. It was a rather warm day in the high 80’s, so being next to water seemed like a good thing to do.

I first had to be up near Hoover Reservoir which extends from the east side of Westerville northward to the west side of Galena and beyond. I stopped at the southern part where the dam spillway is to snap photos. There were LOTS of Canadian geese there resting close to a picnic shelter. Given the “mess” they make, actually having a picnic there certainly wouldn’t be very appealing. There were also quite a few seagulls and brown ducks as well.

Northward on Sunbury Rd where it crosses over the reservoir, I stopped at another boat launch site to take some photos of the backside of some homes across the water. A couple of the homes have installed the huge rocks along their water frontage to prevent erosion. Others haven’t, and the erosion is obvious. There are many waterfront homes along Hoover. Because of a specific agreement with the City of Columbus, the water level can’t be raised as high as originally planned because the city would be responsible for taking the owner’s land away. (That’s why there are no waterfront homes along Alum Creek – they learned a lesson!)

Then my errands took me westward on Big Walnut Rd, so I took a brief side trip up Africa Rd to a boat launch on Alum Creek Reservoir. Not many people there, in spite of the warm day. However, it is a weekday, so most would be working. Or perhaps, the gas costs have curtailed some of the time spent on the water.

Back down Africa Rd to Lewis Center Rd which goes past the bottom of the Alum Creek Dam then northward along the west side of the reservoir. On this side of the lake, there are campgrounds, a beach, and a couple boat launches. One of them is for the sailing club. There’s something inherently peaceful about a sail boat, even though they were moored.

Also, on this side of the Reservoir is the Dog Park. Of course, I HAD to stop here. It was the busiest place … but it WAS a great day for the dogs to enjoy a swim. I wasn’t dressed appropriate to go inside the beach fence and potentially be subjected to “shake-baths”, so I stood outside the area. All I saw was large dogs, but then I heard a familiar sounding bark & snappy growl and knew there had to be a doxie somewhere. Sure enough, there was a short-hair … letting the big guys know who was REALLY the tough guy on the beach. I later learned his name was Scooter.

Continuing on with my errands near Powell, I went to the boat launch at O’Shaunessy on the Scioto River, which is just south of Home Rd off of Riverside Dr. Again, only a couple boaters in the water. As I was walking back to the WEENR-mobile, I noticed a bunch of carpenter bees were taking advantage of some flowering weeds to gather nectar. Better they spend their time here, than boring holes in nearby homes.

Since I seldom get any time off from real estate, I really enjoy the opportunity for these side jaunts to reconnect with nature and for a brief period of time forget about all the details of the real estate business. I need that once in a while to recharge the batteries.

Hoover Reservoir is a great attraction for birds … and people, too!

I had an appointment on the east side of Hoover Reservoir recently, near the intersection of Sunbury Rd and Red Bank Rd. Just south of this intersection is an inlet area called the Twin Bridges launch ramp. Although the day was chilly and brisk, I decided to stop and snap a couple photos.

Copyrighted Twin Bridges launch ramp at Hoover Reservoir

The homes that are all along this huge reservoir are fairly pricey since waterfront property isn’t very plentiful in central Ohio. The homes on this east side of Hoover can be quite expensive (over $1 million),  elaborate and luxurious. Much of the terrain near the water is heavily wooded, ravined and quite private, whereas the homes on the west side of the reservoir have open flat lots.

Hoover is known to have a wide variety of birds and waterfowl. Near the area of this photo is Mud Hen Marsh, west on Big Walnut Rd. It’s an area of wetlands where you might see warblers, herons, ducks, woodpeckers and occasionally Bald Eagles.

Along the Twin Bridges area, there is a wide selection of ducks, plus, several Turkey Vulture roosts. A lot of Canadian geese were in the water when I was there.

If you look carefully in the left-center of the photo, you’ll notice that there seems to be an inlet going in between the ravines. Next week I’ll be listing a home that’s just past the end of this inlet. The home has a small stream at the bottom of its ravine that flows to this inlet. It’s quite a scenic area.

Hoover Reservoir also offers fishing but is probably best known for the sail boats. Speedboats aren’t allowed as motors can be no larger than 6hp. It’s very peaceful and serene watching the sailboats quietly float on the water with the pretty terrain of the east of the reservoir in the distance.

If you think this would be an area you would enjoy living in, be sure to check next week for the awesome home that I’ll be listing and posting here for you to see. It’s unbelievable! .

Alum Creek Reservoir, in Delaware County, offers entertainment for the “whole” family

Copyrighted Alum Creek beach There’s nothing that beats the summer’s heat better than being on, in or near water.

On a recent warm evening, The Murph and I were driving by Alum Creek Reservoir in the Lewis Center area and decided to cruise through some of roadways that access the actual water.

Boaters were enjoying their time ON the water in their speedboats, sailboats or jet skis. The beach area was very busy with many families enjoying their play time in the water or cooking their favorite barbeque at the picnic tables nearby.The Murph’s nose was working overtime picking up all the yummy BBQ odors.

Those wanting a slower pace were sitting along the banks of the numerous inlets with their fishing poles in the water. Perhaps, if they’re lucky, they’ll soon be cooking the results of their efforts. Judging by their laughter, I assume that actually catching any fish is secondary to the good conversation they’re having with friends or new acquaintances.

Since it was a weekend night, one of the campgrounds we drove by was a flurry of activity with many tents set-up and folks getting ready for their Copyrighted Alum Creek Dog Parkevening activities. The aroma from cooking hamburgers and steaks again put The Murph’s nose in high gear.

As a final treat for The Murph, I drove by the fairly new Dog Park that the State created for the 4-legged members of the family. There are two large fenced areas – one for big dogs – one for the little guys. As long as they’re sociable, the dogs can run free to meet and greet others and sniff the ground to evaluate all the previous visitors.

Copyrighted Alum Creek Dog Park beachA third fenced area provides access to a special beach where they can bone-up on their dog-paddling skills or fetch a stick thrown by their human. Since the waves were higher than The Murph is tall, he watched the activities from the sidelines.

Nothing smells worse than a wet dog, so a local rescue group was offering free baths for the ride home. Why is swimming fun but baths aren’t?Copyrighted dog bath

After an hour or so of sniffing food, barking at people, jumping in his car seat, running with other dogs, The Murph fell asleep on the way home.

I suspect there will be other visitors to Alum Creek that evening that will do the same on their trips home.

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Hayden Run Falls near Dublin Ohio – a nice respite

I’ve lived in central Ohio most of my life, but since I began blogging last fall, I’ve gained a new appreciation for the area as I try to look for photo-ops for my blogs. There’s one local area that I’ve heard about – read about – driven by lots of times – but have never explored. It’s called Hayden Run Falls and it’s located just west of the Scioto River, off Hayden Run Rd.

On my way back to office after dropping off flyers to my client, I decided to take advantage of the wonderful summer day and explore what the Falls area looked like. There were several cars in the parking lot, and even though I wasn’t dressed for hiking, I decided to check it out.

A large wooden staircase descends into the gorge. On the way down, I saw the first of the rock outcroppings that line the gorge. At the bottom of the stairs, one gets a view of the Scioto River to the left, with the beginning of the trail to the right. Fortunately, the weather has been very dry so navigating the small stream was not a problem. I assume that during the rainy season, the water level would be greater and require different shoes than I had on.

A couple kayakers were lolling nearby on the River. Traffic on Hayden Run Rd zoomed overhead but was hardly audible. In the distance, I could hear children’s voices so I assumed they were at the falls so I headed in that direction. I met a young woman with her dog walking back out of the trail. I made a mental note that here was a place I might bring The Murph since the water depth was more his size, rather than the larger waves at the Alum Creek Dog Park.

The actual falls and the pool beneath them was very peaceful. The hubbub of the city is totally obscured. The falls descend 35-feet from the level above. Homes back up to this area but aren’t visible. I’ve occasionally read that people have fallen from the top, and that the rescuers have difficulty getting their equipment to them for rescue. I expect that the area is especially beautiful in the frozen winter, making the ground above even more treacherous.

If you would like a nearby get-away from city life, I suggest you spend 30-40 minutes or longer down in the gorge. It will refresh you. View the photos on this video to get inspired to visit.