Category Archives: Hocking Hills

Old Man’s Cave Trip

Another Trip To Old Man’s Cave

This weekend was filled with rain or the threat of rain. Saturday, they warned of rain doom. We listened and drove the car on a trip. Today, we weren’t going to care and left for a motorcycle ride to Hocking Hills State Park, even though it was raining when left.

This worked! The rain wasn’t that bad. In a few hours it cleared up completely.

The lesson that I often forget every Spring is to ignore Ohio weather forecast in Spring And Fall. They never really know a damn thing. Just have rain gear on the bike and go.

About the hike; it was difficult and rewarding. I highly recommend testing your physical conditioning at any Hocking Hills trail.

 

The Wesley Chapel Church. Built In 1848.

The Wesley Chapel Church is located in the Hocking Hills area of Ohio. Some may find it sad that this old church is falling apart. I found it interesting.

There are many churches still standing built in the same time period all around Ohio. They are giant churches made with stone and brick masonry and they probably will be there for 100’s of more years.

Wesley Chapel Church in the Hocking Hills
Wesley Chapel Church in the Hocking Hills.

This church is just a clapboard building that poor homesteaders put together in the rugged Hocking Hills. With this construction in mind, it’s a wonder that it’s still standing today.

The pioneers that attended this church were a different breed and this church was likely one of the most cherished places in the area.

The interior shows the serious signs of impending doom. You cannot tell in the photo, but there is a giant bow in the middle of the floor. The cross has been vandalized with paint and windows are broken out. The long altar makes you wonder how many prayers were prayed and what they were praying for so many years ago.

Interior of Wesley Chapel Church in The Hocking Hills.
Interior of Wesley Chapel Church In The Hocking Hills.

Most who attended this church have either passed or moved on to much more modern amenities. Most of the property in the area is for recreation with campgrounds and rental cabins surrounding the area. I don’t feel much sadness for it’s decay, but I’m happy I was able to see it.

Day 2 365 Project

I’m going to cheat a little on some days and only process an old photo on some days. This is one of those days.

Hocking Hills Rock House
The Rock House at Hocking Hills in Ohio.

This is another photo of The Rock House in Hocking Hills in Ohio. Yesterday I posted a color version from a different camera. This one is from a Canon G15. I chose black and white to highlight the shapes and the interesting light.

If I could be in the Hocking Hills everyday, this project would be simple.

Day 1 365 Project – Rock House

The Rock House in Hocking Hills State Park
The Rock House in Hocking Hills State Park in Ohio.

This is the first photo of what I’ve heard called a “365 Project”. I’ll take one photo a day for 365 days.

Instead of a New Year’s Resolution, I think it’s better to have a New Year’s project. It’s more productive to attempt a large project for a year than it is to set yourself up for failure in my opinion, so I’m going to attempt to take 1 good photo a day.

I’ve seen others do these projects and the project in and of itself usually isn’t that impressive. It’s simply to difficult to produce one stunning image everyday. What I do notice with these projects is that they generally produce a few really good photos and the photographer’s skills improve.

I’m going to try to write a little about the photos too. Considering we now have the capability to write words that can be seen by the whole world instantaneously, I rank the ability to write high and worthy of daily practice.

This photo of the Rock House was taken on January 1, 2015. Tami and I wanted to get out for a hike and I wanted to try another shot at the Rock House. It’s still not exactly what I want, but I’m getting closer.

Ash Cave In Hocking Hills With Ice

Ash Cave is the easiest part of Hocking Hills State Park to hike to. It’s so easy that wheelchairs can get back to see it.

The 700 foot span of open sandstone recess is one of the most impressive natural wonders in Ohio. Add in some snow and ice and it’s even more beautiful.

There is a more rugged upper trail, but without spikes for ice on your shoes, it’s not wise to attempt in the winter.

Trail To Ash Cave at The Hocking Hills State Park in Ohio.
Icy creek along the trail to Ash Cave.
Ice at the bottom of the waterfall at Ash Cave in Ohio.
A waterfall forms a collection of ice at Ash Cave in Hocking Hills State Park.
Ash Cave At Hocking Hills State Park in Ohio.
Wide view of the 700 foot Ash Cave at Hocking Hills State Park.

 

 

50 Degree December Day In Hocking Hills

What better to do with a 50 degree day in December than to head to Hocking Hills. Hocking Hills is exceptionally interesting in the winter, but it’s also difficult and dangerous due to ice. At 50 degrees, I thought it might be an easy chance at some winter shots of the area and for the exception of a few icy patches and large icicles dropping, it was fun.

Here are some of the photos from my hike.

Visitors peer into the Devil's Bathtub at Old Man's Cave State Park in Ohio.
Visitors Looking Into The Devil’s Bathtub At Old Man’s Cave State Park
Hocking Hills cliffs with icicles.
Icicles On Cliffs In The Hocking Hills
Icicle Melting In The Sunlight
 Devil's Bathtub At Old Man's Cave
Devil’s Bathtub At Old Man’s Cave
Stairs On the Old Man’s Cave Trails
Upper Falls At Old Man’s Cave State Park
Ice On Cliff Walls At Old Man’s Cave State Park