Growing up, I couldn’t wait to explore the world and see what else was out there outside of Ohio. I never truly appreciated what my home state offered until I moved away and then ended up moving back.
It’s home. It’s where my family is. It’s where my community is. There will always be a draw to go elsewhere, but there will always be a draw to come right back. I truly believe that people are what make a place. I could go to the most beautiful place in the world, but if I don’t get to experience it with anyone, especially anyone that I love, it won’t have the same affect on my soul as it would if I got to share the place/experience. So, Ohio, for me, is about the people and the memories.
Fall is a pretty spectacular time to live in Ohio, with the leaves. It’s been voted I believe top 10 by national geographic before for places to go to see the leaves change. I live right in the middle of Amish Country, which attracts done of tourists each year. We locals hate tourist season because seeing Horse & Buggies, Amish on bicycles, Tractors on the main roads, the farmers making hay… is apparently not a normal every day occurrence.
I remember one time, a local-isa city guy coming to our church and I was driving him home I believe, and he just couldn’t get over the rolling hills. He kept telling me “do you realize how beautiful this is, all I see is roller coasters!” (He lived near Cedar Point!)
I’ve definitely taken it for granted. The scenery, the chiller lifestyle. I have definitely made myself sick on some of our winding roads…oops!
I have also gone to the Farm @ Walnut Creek a handful of times. Whenever new people would come into town, that would always be one of my favorite places to take them. It still is! Who doesn’t love a wagon ride, or taking your car through to have llama’s come running at you! I definitely have broken down there before too…that’s a fun story! 🙂
So, there will be lots of photos, mostly of the people I love and memories I have. There are too many to encapsulate all of my feelings for Ohio. I never know I could love this place, but I am glad God moved me back and has gotten me to a place of appreciation for Ohio.
Some of my favorite things:
Cleveland has a great ice cream parlor – Sweet Moses! Also, I grew up going to the Playhouse Square, and most recently found an amazing Mexican place with like theee best quesadillas, Puenta Viejo (i could at quesadillas every day).
Columbus has great shopping!
Akron has great character and a good Art Museum (as does Cleveland! It’s awesome!)
Cuyahoga Valley National Park/Forest is fun to walk through!
Drive-In Movies @ Lynne Drive-In in Strasburg
Coshocton Water Park
Roscoe Village in Coshocton
The rails to trails that runs through Millersburg.
Cleveland Indian’s Games!
Blossom Music Center
So, whether your from Ohio or not, enjoy it! 🙂 I’ve learned to!
It’s not a post about Ohio, unless I post about Ohio State or theCav’s, so I’ve been a Cav’s game before which was a blast! But not a football game, my school didn’t have football, so I never really got into it. Also, do I need to mention the Browns?! 🙂