o-h-i-o (not as boring as you might think)

I always mean to participate in Kelly’s Show-Us-Your-Life Friday Tours, but then I forget. Or, more accurately, I’m too lazy. And this time is no exception.

For one thing, it’s Saturday, not Friday. And for another, I’m going to cheat. Instead of talking about my hometown (since I’m not really sure if that means where I grew up or where I live now), I’m going to talk about my home state.


And I’ll be honest, as we traveled the country going to 52 Zoos in 52 Weeks, I said to myself on more than one occasion, “Why, again, do we live in Ohio?”

But we do. And always have (except for a brief stint in Indiana, which is just like Ohio except even more boring). And I’m going to make the most of it. It really is a lovely place if you give it a chance.

And to keep up the lazy part of my reputation, I’ve just pulled a collection of photos from Gabe’s Flickr page and his 1PhotoPerDay blog. Here we go!

This is the log cabin Gabe lived in growing up. It’s right outside Lima, OH.

I grew up 45 minutes away, just outside West Liberty, OH.

Now we live on the northeast side of our state’s beautiful capital city, Columbus.

This is our street by moonlight.

And in the spring:

This is an Ohio Bicentennial barn. I’m pretty sure that at least one barn in each of Ohio’s 88 counties was painted like this to celebrate Ohio’s 200th anniversary in 2003. I just drove by one yesterday that I’d never seen before, and it made me smile.

Another barn (we have a lot of barns in our state):

Our city is very proud of their football team, the Ohio State Buckeyes. Yes, my husband is sporting the colors of a foreign team. For shame.

We have a rockin’ zoo:

Home of the one and only Jungle Jack Hanna:

One of our favorite places to take visiting family and friends: The Inniswood Metro Gardens:

And that’s not even the half of it, but it’s more than enough for one post.

Thanks for stopping by! And thanks, Gabe, for all the pictures!

If you live in Ohio or have visited our delightful state, what’s your favorite part?

30 thoughts on “o-h-i-o (not as boring as you might think)

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  2. Ali

    I love Broad Street – Franklin Park Conservatory, Columbus Museum of Art, COSI, Palace Theatre, Capitol Square – it’s simply awesome.

  3. jess

    what’s not to love? i’m proud to be an ohioan…plus it’s round on the ends and hi in the middle…what’s better than that?

  4. Karen from Cincy

    Growing up in NY, then moving to OH…I LOVE having a real spring and a longer fall! And, sorry, Cincy zoo is the best, hands down. But Columbus zoo is pretty darn great as well!

  5. katie neer

    i love the rolling landscape around West Liberty…it took us about 6 years of living in a flat, flat, flat part of Indiana to realize the amazing rolling hills we left behind. so gorgeous, especially in spring and summer!

  6. Melanie Miller

    I lived in Ohio for 12 years and I think it is a beautiful place. I love the farmland, the barns (very few barns in Idaho), the thunderstorms, the “midwest” feeling. I lived in Maumee, outside of Toledo, and I could walk to the river or we would skip sunday school (which was after church) and drive to Lake Erie to swim & picnic. This was before sun screen and we got burnt nearly every time. It’s a wonder I have any skin left at all. 🙂 I miss the trees, oh the trees. Loved the Toledo zoo and downtown Toledo. We’d go there to watch fireworks over the river. I’m feeling a little vaklempt now…thanks, Marla. I so enjoyed your pictures, please show more!

  7. Denise

    The church that I am in – the friends I have made and they way we are supported when things are hard (like now!)

    The zoo – I mean seriously, I freaking LOVE our zoo.

    All the beautiful parks (oh jeez, I keeps putting Parkers!) that I can visit with Parker. There, got the sentence out.

    That it isn’t Buffalo (sorry, but canadians and their driving up there freaked me out!)

    The hills of Cincinnati and of course Skyline – I mean DUH!

  8. Emily Kay

    I’ve always thought Ohio was one of the most beautiful places in the country. Oh the gorgeous green of it all! I’m not much for cold weather but SNOW! on occasion would be nice too. 🙂 My dad was born in Ohio (somewhere near Dayton?) so we visited a few times when I was really young. I also visited Cedarville because Cedarville University was my second college pick.

  9. Liz

    I have never been to Ohio but I would love to visit the Columbus Zoo! I live in WI so I know a thing or two about barns. 🙂

  10. Gail

    I love Ohio. I love Cedarville where I grew up. I love the farm I lived on, the woods in the back field, the big rocks back there, the violets in the spring. I love the way the chickweed blooms look in the early morning when they are suspending spiderwebs and glistening with dew. I love the barns and the animals and the small towns. I love, love, love it!

  11. Kelly your cousin :)

    My favorite part of Ohio is: Bethany, Marla, Stephanie when she’s there, Gabe, Stewart, Aunt Cashy Uncle Rerrrrrrrn, Isabelle, Livi, Ava, Nina, Josh, Jess, Anna, Ethan, Gavin, Camy, Grandpa, Strut, Vicki, Ryan, Aaron, Jillian, Tim, Suzie, Julie, Paige… OK, I’m stopping that now, with apologies to all the Other people in Ohio whom I love, but didn’t write on this list. Also, Marie’s Candies, farms, cows, the Reds, the Buckeyes, Bob Evans, beautiful countryside, childhood memories, Tastee Freeze, Ice Cream Parlor, antique stores… ahhhh.

    I am positively aching looking at all those Ohio pictures. Can’t wait to come visit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀

  12. Bethany your sis

    My favorite part of Ohio is the four seasons! As much as I hate winter and cold, I like to go through it because it makes spring that much greater! (If it was always nice outside, I’d never get any sewing done!) And Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without snow and cold! (And the fashion part of me enjoys wearing cute winter hats and scarves and coats) I don’t know what I would do without spring, summer, and fall! I like change and the weather here always keeps me on my toes and never gets dull.

  13. kellie@lavidadulce

    Can I tell you a secret? I love Jack Hanna. back when I was a newlywed, I would getnup ear,y on Saturday just to watch his show and my groom, thought it was the craziest thing ever.

    I didn’t realize he was from Ohio.

    I think I would love to visit Ohio (especially with Jack there. Does Julie Scardina live there too?) but not in the winter, this desert rat can’t do cold.

    Fun post!

  14. Stephanie your sister

    I love the barns and the cornfields and the zoos and the snow and the buckeyes (the team, not the nut).

    And what I REALLY love about Ohio? The soft, bright green grass. Oh how I miss that here in the land of hard, dead grass and sand-filled yards. I took for granted the feel of walking barefoot through the grass in the 21 years Ohio was home.

  15. Indy Kelly But Not Zoo Girl Kelly

    My favorite part about Ohio is the people I love who live there.

    And well, the roads seem cleaner and nicer…

  16. Holly B.

    I especially love the many Metro Parks across the state(especially Carriage Hill in Huber Heights).

  17. Denise

    My husband was born and raised in Hilliard! (that was over 50 yrs ago….alot has changed!)…I am from Detroit, but we pastor in NC……yankees relocated…..but love and miss our roots! Thx for the pics!

  18. joyce

    We lived in Ohio for one year, almost to the day. We loved it and were in Worthington, which I’m sure has grown up a lot in 22 years. Hubs was a sales rep then so he traveled the state.

    It was just a year but it will always be special to us…our first born entered the world at Riverisde Hospital in Columbus : ) And we made lots of trips to the zoo that year too.

  19. Cheryl Pickett

    As a visitor, I totally agree, awesome zoo in Columbus, Toledo has a nice one too. At one point, not sure if it is now, Toledo’s Art Museum had free entry which was nice. As a kid, Cedar Point and SeaWorld were big deal trips. No more SeaWorld so that’s a bummer, but I also have fond memories of Cleveland’s zoo and their indoor rain forest. Also can’t forget my in-laws who live part-time in Toledo and the friends I have in Columbus including the Tavianos. Totally worth the trip 🙂

  20. Suzi

    We have some family in Toledo. in fact there is a graduation celebration going on there this weekend that we couldn’t attend – SO bummed! I spent every Christmas there for 9 years in a row until we moved to Texas. Ohio is a nice state! They always seemed to have the newest restaurants there before we would get them in NY. Oh and you guys have OLGA’s my favorite restaurant in the whole world!

  21. Jenna

    I loved reading your post! My brother lives in Marysville and my sister in London, we are about 2 hours away. So fun to come shopping there!!!

  22. @nicolewick

    I’m in Columbus frequently for work… In fact I was there all this week. I love it. It’s a great city. I especially love when I stay in a hotel at Easton 🙂

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