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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.

Dublin, Ohio – a unique suburb with some interesting “sites”

Copyrighted downtown Dublin shopsDublin is a popular suburb in northwest Franklin county, serviced by the Dublin School District. The downtown consists of old-design buildings as shown in the left photo. Copyrighted Dublin downtown

Recently, a portion of the downtown was renovated with new buildings added to match the design of the original portion of the downtown. (right photo)

Copyrighted Dublin restaurantThere are some restaurants along the main road in the downtown area that offer sidewalk cafe style dining in nice weather.

At the southern part of the city in the midst of a large corporate park, is Field of corna Corn sculpture. The “ears” are 8-10ft high molds of concrete. It’s very striking and a must-see on any visitor’s tour, just for the curiosity factor.

Another interesting monument is north along Riverside Dr in a city park. This stone monument is to honor a tribal chief known as Chief Leatherlips. When the Muirfield development began back in the 70’s, the Chief’s Copyrighted leatherlips monumentburial grounds had to be moved. A very small plaque was installed on the east side of Riverside Dr. Well, after years of inclement weather during the Memorial Tournament, talk began that it was the Chief’s revenge for Jack Nicklaus moving the Chief’s burial spot. So once again the Chief was moved, but this time a much larger monument was built, and this one overlooks the Scioto River … facing west toward Muirfield. Apparently, the Chief still hasn’t been appeased, as Tournament week weather is still very iffy.Copyrighted Dublin cell tower

In the same park where the Chief “resides”, there is another strange site … really best viewed during the winter. In the center of the photo to the right is an “oddly” shaped tree. That is really a camouflaged cell tower to blend in with the trees along the Scioto River.

Now, in spite of the “oddities” mentioned above, Dublin really is a great little city … really … really it is!

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.