Not Another Cemetery!

Woodlawn Cemetery, Toledo, Ohio I have this love/hate relationship with cemeteries.  I feel the same way about cemeteries that I feel about scary movies.  There’s fear, of course, but that rush of adrenaline, too.  Who knows what you might find in a cemetery? And what is scarier—but also more thrilling—than a cemetery at night? As I’ve noted before, one of my big fears is being … Continue reading Not Another Cemetery!

The Path to My High School

Oak Hill Park, Wooster, Ohio My parents live on top of a hill and my high school is located on top of another hill located just a few miles away.  So it was that in high school, I could see that dreaded building from my house.  I couldn’t escape it!  There it was, shining brightly in the morning and at night when sports events were … Continue reading The Path to My High School

What Big Trees You Have

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 … Continue reading What Big Trees You Have

Rotten Apples, Lustgartens, and German Separatists

Zoar, Ohio After visiting the barely-left-fort of Fort Laurens, we drove down the road and arrived in the village of Zoar.  I had no idea what to expect except for something “cute.” Zoar was certainly cute.  Very obviously historical (a deliberate aesthetic) and all that.  Unfortunately, everything was closed, too.   Before we went to Zoar, I’d never heard of it, but after reading the … Continue reading Rotten Apples, Lustgartens, and German Separatists

Ohio’s Only Revolutionary War Fort

Fort Laurens, Bolivar, Ohio When I was visiting my family over Christmas this past December, I decided to start this blog and explore weird places nearby.  One day, my adventure crew (a.k.a., my sister, her friend, and my father) and I headed out to explore the somewhat ambitious list of places I wanted to go (including the abandoned amusement park in Chippewa Lake). On our … Continue reading Ohio’s Only Revolutionary War Fort

There’s Something Rotten in the State of Ohio

Green Springs, Ohio Much of my job consists of inside sales and primarily, cold-calling.  And because my employer is based in Ohio and a lot of our clients are also based in Ohio, a lot of their prospects—shocking!—are based in Ohio, too.   So in short, I call a lot of people in Ohio. The more you call companies in Ohio, the more you get intrigued … Continue reading There’s Something Rotten in the State of Ohio

Don’t Get Lost Here After Dark

Secor Metropark, Berkey, Ohio One of the most redeeming facts of Toledo is its metroparks.  I’m not shitting you when I tell you they’re really fucking gorgeous.  I’ve been to almost all of them and really can’t believe how beautiful they are.  The metroparks essentially made the Glass City at least tolerable to me when I first moved here—begrudgingly—in the fall of 2014. The metropark … Continue reading Don’t Get Lost Here After Dark