Flashback: Ohio – The Greatest State in the Union

Having been born in Troy, Ohio, USA, I may be a bit biased calling my state the Greatest in the Union though it is objectively near the top

Of the 50 states, Ohio, USA, is widely-regarded as one of the most typical “American” states. From a demographic to a geographic standpoint, Ohio has so much to offer from lakes to cities to pristine countryside.

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The Square in Troy, Ohio

In case you haven’t noticed already, these images were taken some years ago on a Blackberry (remember those?) from a trip home from “The” Ohio State University where I completed my dual degree in International Business and Economics. I decided to make this a ‘photo retrospective’ of sorts as this isn’t a routine travel blog entry for me, I just wanted to share some pictures from where I’m from and as a reminder that no matter where you go, home is always in the back of my mind.

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The Barn back home in Troy, Ohio. We used to keep five Belgium draft horses in the stable

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Belgium draft horses are some of the largest and strongest breeds of horse in the world and we used to keep around five at all times in the stable. They regularly grow to over 2,000 lbs (just shy of 1,000 kgs) and for obvious reasons, we only kept females at the farm. Occasionally we would take them up to Amish country to have them broken in and built up.

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Cornfields behind the farm
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Rural Ohio is wild. Hearing coyotes howl nightly is a regular occurrence.

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The driveway in winter

The contrast of seasons in Ohio is felt throughout the state. Winter brings gray skies and almost absolute silence. It’s a bit unnerving living in the city and then heading back to the farm with the contrast in noise, less density of people and automobiles. It’s a strange feeling, like the Robert Frost poem.

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Even the bare branches freeze over

Enough cold pictures – back to summer and Indian Lake, located in western Ohio. Named for some of the local Indian tribes (Ohio used to be the frontier of the USA, once upon a time), it was an ideal place for hunting and fishing. Numerous islands dot the lake which today are almost all connected by a network of bridges.

Lilypads on Indian Lake, Ohio
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Drive your boat to the bar, have a few drinks, drive home.

 

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Several years in Columbus, Ohio, were well spent at the Ohio State University earning my degrees. I’ll leave this post with some shots of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium from Ohio Stadium aka The Horseshoe, a 105,000 capacity stadium where the Buckeyes football team plays their home games. The photos are from the annual rivalry game with Michigan at the “The Shoe” in 2006 when we beat them 42-39 in easily the best sports game I’ve ever attended. We rushed the field afterwards.

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Tiger cubs at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium

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Ohio, USA
Lots of bears in Ohio. This grizzly, luckily, was behind a protective barrier
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The #1-Ranked Ohio State Buckeyes beat the #2-Ranked Michigan Wolverines
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Rushing the field after the amazing win. Those troopers were not messing around!

 

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‘Murika

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Bonus: Missiles at the Wright-Patt Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio. The base is an active military site and (allegedly) where the U.S. Government stores aliens from the Area 51 crash.

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Thanks for reminiscing with me and see you next post in Vietnam!

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