Johnson Woods State Nature Preserve, Marshallville, Ohio
At the end of our big day trip that had taken us from Fort Laurens to Zoar to Chippewa Lake Amusement Park, the sun finally decided to reveal is golden, lovely self. How typical, of course, that this was at the end of the trip.
We weren’t planning on going anywhere after Chippewa Lake, but then my dad decided he wanted to take us to one last place—especially since the weather was suddenly so lovely. So it was off we went to Johnson Woods Start Nature Preserve in Marshallville, described as “one of Ohio’s largest and best remaining old-growth forests.”
What was odd was to walk through the short, but beautiful path and realize that some of the trees among us were over 400 years old.
Even though it appeared that a lot of the trees had fallen down.
Which goes back to the age-old question, “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?”
Here is my father, whose self-proclaimed rapper name is P. Quickly (his initials are PP), hugging one of the trees.
What’s interesting to note is that this sign prohibiting dogs from entering the woods was, according to my father, put up shortly after he and my mom took our dog, Emma, on a walk.
Emma is bit crazy (i.e., hyper as fuck), so I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if that were the case.