Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fall Scenes from Holmes County

 
National Geographic just named Holmes County, Ohio as one of the most scenic spots in the world to see fall leaves, ranking third, behind Sonoma County, California, and Northern New Mexico.
 
I don't think the colors are as spectacular as in previous years here or here, but it might be a little early. We just had our first frost so maybe the best is yet to come.
 
I have lived here all my life and take this area for granted, but when I take time to slow down from life and just take in the sights around me, it is truly beautiful and I feel blessed to live here.
 
This might have been the most colorful tree we saw.
 
Holmes County is known most of all for being the largest Amish settlement in the world. Scenes like this are an everyday occurrence.
 
Holmes County has many, many miles of dirt roads and we love to see where each one takes us. 
 
 
I am very passionate about old abandoned buildings and when we came across this one I yelled....Stop! This is one of the most picturesque ones I have come across.
They may not look so pretty to some, but they are so full of history and stories, I wish it could tell me just one.
 
This home looks so empty and lonely. I'm sure it has stories to tell too.
 
We meandered along, from one country dirt road to another, some of them barely more than a cow path.
 
The only traffic we met was an occasional buggy.
 
 
 
 
The one thing I love about our area is all the beautiful old barns. 
 
 I love the old ones with their faded wood and lopsided walls.
 
 
The more run down and weathered, the more they appeal to me.
 
I even love the shabby doors and broken window panes.
 
 
 
While some of our surrounding counties are very flat, Holmes County is known for it's rolling hills.
 
An old Amish School House, I assume no longer in use. Sometime I would like doing a post of just Amish School Houses. There are dozens of them in our county.
 
 
 
 Our rolling hills open up to beautiful valleys.
 
 The last farm we happened upon as we headed home, completely captivated me. All the buildings were painted white or red, but had the same aqua colored roofs. Just loved it!
 
I didn't notice until I put this photo on here, but I pretty sure the dog house on the far left is painted to match.
 
The buggy barn. 
 
 I couldn't find a good place to get a shot of the side of this but yes....it has an aqua roof. I hope I can find this place again because I would love to take some photos of a few buildings that I didn't get.
 
So while there wasn't that much fall color yet, I hope you enjoyed seeing a little bit of  'where I come from'.
 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

West Trip....the long road home.

 
Well....here it's time for another cousins trip and I never got around to finishing last years trip! For the few people that still care....here are some highlights of last few days, which consisted of a lot of driving with a few stops here and there.
Continuing the long trip across Canada, day eleven was a driving day. We left Alberta and entered Saskatchewan.

 The country side was pretty, but a lot of the same. Prairies, farms, grain elevators, trains, etc.....mile after mile. Not at all how I envisioned Canada.

 I loved the cross in the sky.
 
 I forget what this was. Sand or Salt? That's what happens when you wait this long to blog about a trip that happened a year ago.
 
Who knows what this is? We all said dandelion but it's the biggest one I have ever seen!
 
We spent the night in Regina, Saskatchewan at a Country Inn and Suites. 
 
Day 12
We toured the Irvin Goodon Wildlife Museum. We were not allowed to take photographs here.
 
The last stop before crossing the border back into the United States was the International Peace Gardens.
The 3.65 square mile garden is located on the border of North Dakota and province of Manitoba. It was established in 1932 as a symbol of a peaceful relationship between the two nations.
 
A few of the features at the Peace Gardens are gorgeous gardens and the Peace Towers.
 
The four columns represent people coming from the four corners of the earth to form two similar but distinct nations, sharing a common base of democracy and beliefs.
 
The Carillon Bell Tower plays tunes every fifteen minutes.
 
9-11 Memorial
Steel girders from the  former World Trade Center were brought to rest at the Peace Gardens.
 
Interpretive Center and Conservatory
 
The Peace Chapel is the only building that straddles the US and Canadian border.
 
The chapel features quotes from "People of Peace" etched into fossil-embellished limestone walls.
 
Floral Clock
 
We are back in the states and spent the night at the Fireside Inn and Suites in Devils Lake North Dakota.
 
Day 13
A lot of driving again today with a stop at the headwaters of the Mighty Mississippi.
 
 
It's not so mighty at the beginning.
 
 
 
Lake Itasca
 
Lake Bemidji
 
We stayed at a Comfort Inn in Duluth Minnesota. That's us....Green Country Tours.
 
A beautiful array of Coleus outside the hotel.
 
Day 14
Sunrise over Duluth
 
We make a short stop at Amnicon Falls State Park in Superior, Wisconsin.
 
The Covered Horton Bridge
 
The Lower Falls
 
Another stop on this last full day on the road home was the Paul Bunyan Logging Camp Museum.
 
Here you can experience what life was like in an 1890s logging camp.
 

 
 
 
 
 
On our last night we stayed in Janesville, Wisconsin.
 
Loading up that last morning was bittersweet knowing this was the final day. So many friends and memories were made in these two weeks...it was hard to see it come to an end.
 
Must be back in Ohio....it's cloudy. There is a Bicentennial Barn like this in every county in Ohio, a total of 88.
 
Would love to do this trip all over!