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the original Wendys
The original Wendys

On Aug. 17th we drove to Columbus and met my sister and niece at the original Wendys. I remember eating there way back in 1972. They have an extensive little museum there showing the history of Wendys

Wendy's Museum
Wendy's Museum

The next morning we met my sister again at the Wendys and then Dayadevi took my niece to a big Tole painting convention that was taking place in Columbus. My sister and I drove around exploring the German Village section of town, where they have many interesting old buildings and cobblestone streets.

German Village
A German Village Bookstore
Cobblestone Streets
Cobblestone Streets
German Village Home
A German Village Home
Castle House in Columbus, OH
Castle House in Columbus, OH

Then we drove around the downtown area and I photographed some of the buildings there. We also checked out this replica of the Santa Maria .

replica of the Santa Maria
Replica of the Santa Maria
Replica of the Santa Maria
Replica of the Santa Maria
Scioto River, Downtown Columbus, OH
Scioto River, Downtown Columbus, OH
Tall Office Building, Downtown Columbus, OH
Tall Office Building, Downtown Columbus, OH
Tall Office Building, Downtown Columbus, OH
Tall Office Building, Downtown Columbus, OH
Christopher Columbus
Christopher Columbus

We had lunch at this great Marketplace in the Italian influenced Short North. This tuba player on the steps was a welcoming sight. We found many little shops and different kinds of food to eat.

Marketplace in the Short North
Marketplace in the Short North
Tuba Player at Marketplace
Tuba Player at Marketplace

After lunch we explored some more of the Short North. They have several murals in the area including this train, and interesting renditions of Grant Wood's American Gothic painting, and Da Vinci's Mona Lisa.

Train Mural
Train Mural
American Gothic Mural
American Gothic Mural
Mona Lisa Mural
Mona Lisa Mural

Next drove down to Lancaster to check out a couple of RV Parks. On the way we stopped in Canal Winchester where I lived for a few years on the second floor above these downtown businesses.

Downtown Canal Winchester, OH
Downtown Canal Winchester, OH

After deciding on the Lakeview Park, I drove back to Hilliard to get the coach while the women went shopping in Reynoldsburg. We all met back at the campground for a good dinner.

Lakeview Park
Lakeview Park

On Friday we all went to the first US artist trading card show where Dayadevi had 5 cards on display. These 2.5 by 3.5 pieces of original artwork have been traded in Europe for hundreds of years, but experienced a resurgence in Italy in 1996 and are just now becoming popular in the USA. Dayadevi enjoys the medium partially because of their small size and also the fact she can sell some of her practice pieces of artwork. She is very proud to be in this show which will travel to many US cities in the next couple of years.

US artist trading card show
US Artist Trading Card Show
Artist Trading Tards
Artist Trading Cards (ATCs)
Artist Trading Tards
Artist Trading Cards (ATCs)
Artist Trading Tards
Artist Trading Cards (ATCs)
Artist Trading Cards
Artist Trading Cards (ATCs)

On Sunday we drove out to the Hocking Hills and had a great time exploring several of the big caves there including Ash Cave, Cedar Falls and Old Man's Cave.

Old Man's Cave in Hocking Hills, Ohio
Old Man's Cave in Hocking Hills, Ohio
Old Man's Cave in Hocking Hills, Ohio
Old Man's Cave in Hocking Hills, Ohio

I love this rock that looks very much like the profile of someone contemplating the beautiful mossy rocks and other plants.

Old Man's Cave in Hocking Hills, Ohio
Old Man's Cave in Hocking Hills, Ohio
Old Man's Cave in Hocking Hills, Ohio
Old Man's Cave in Hocking Hills, Ohio

Unfortunately, there was little to no water running. In the winter I have seen some magnificent frozen waterfalls here and in the spring and for most of the summer the falls are very beautiful. Still we enjoyed our hikes and the area very much. As you can see the caves are great in height but not particularly deep.

Cedar Falls
Cedar Falls
Ash Cave in Hocking Hills, Ohio
Ash Cave in Hocking Hills, Ohio

On Monday we stayed close to home but on Tuesday we went back up to Columbus and had lunch with my niece at the North market. Here are some of the little shops taken from the second floor where there are some tables and artwork.

Short North Market Place
Short North Market Place
Short North Market Place
Short North Market Place
Short North Market Place
Short North Market Place

Also in the short north is this Greek church which I found fascinating.

Greek Church in Columbus Ohio
Greek Church in Columbus Ohio
Greek Church in Columbus Ohio
Greek Orthodox Church in Columbus Ohio

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