Sunday, August 31, 2008

DAY 49 - Zanesville's Y-Bridge


Here in Zanesville, it does work, and you don't get wet. The Y-Bridge spans the confluence of the Muskingum and Licking Rivers. The Licking flows into the Muskingum here; the Muskingum flows on south and ends in Marietta in the Ohio River.

The first Zanesville Y-Bridge was constructed in 1814. Several iterations (some of them wooden covered bridges) were washed away by serious floods before the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers constructed a series of dams and locks that now regulate the flow of the two rivers. The current concrete and steel bridge is the fifth in the series on the same location. It opened in 1984.

The Y-Bridge has been an aviation landmark for many years. Amelia Earhart was quoted as saying “Zanesville is the easiest recognized city from the air because of the Y- Bridge.”

Putnam Hill Park offers the best views of the bridge and the surrounding city. We couldn't have picked a more gorgeous day for our visit there.

Here's an aerial shot from wikimapia:

Saturday, August 30, 2008

DAY 48 - Let Me Tell You About the Birds and the Bees. . .

This sunflower was a "volunteer" that grew from dropped seeds from my birdfeeder. First the bees took advantage of the pollen.

Then the birds set in. . .

Friday, August 29, 2008

DAY 46 - What Is It?

Just a quick post today -- I'm heading out to yardsale.

What is it?????

No right guesses yet. Here's another shot with a little more of the mystery object in it.

Here it is in its full glory..............

Thursday, August 28, 2008

DAY 45 - Heading for the Sunlight

I'm going on a photoshoot today to get some more pics of area buildings and landmarks. In the meantime, I thought I'd do a quick post on this naked lady flower -- I don't know what the "real" name is for it. In the spring the long leaves come up and then die down. In August up comes the flower. This one, instead of popping straight up, reached around the corner of the porch toward the sunlight. Look at the bottom of the stem to see how it curves around the base of the porch.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

DAY 44 - Tom's Ice Cream Bowl

Nestled on a little side street near downtown is a Zanesville landmark -- Tom's Ice Cream Bowl. It was opened in 1948. The inside looks like an old-fashioned soda shop -- long ice cream counter, long candy and nut counter, linoleum floor, little square tables, fluorescent lights, no air conditioning -- it's really a blast from the past. It pretty much looks like it did in 1948.

It has a small sandwich menu -- that's not what people to there for. It's the ice cream!! Huge sundaes of all sizes and flavors. Sundaes come in big round pottery bowls, usually dripping down the sides! A small sundae is big enough for two people, and then some. I snuck a picture of this guy's blueberry ice cream and cashews. . .

And here's my hot fudge sundae. . .

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

DAY 43 - St. Nicholas Catholic Church

Built into the hillside at the east end of Main Street sits this impressive church. The church is visible blocks away as you make your way up Main, State Route 40 -- the National Road.

A little research -- built in 1898 at a cost of $46,000.

I took this shot from Putnam Hill Park -- it gives a great view of the city and surrounding area, including the rivers and the Y-Bridge (coming soon to this blog!).

Monday, August 25, 2008

DAY 42 - Muskingum County Courthouse

This week I thought I'd post some pictures of Zanesville's more prominent buildings. Here's the first one. This is the Muskingum County Courthouse, a stately old building built in 1874.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

DAY 41 - Goats and Sheep

I almost forgot the goats and sheep. The goats were so full of life. Up and active, eating, and wanting someone to give them some attention.

As for the sheep, it was sleep, sleep, and more sleep.

Don't you love the fashion statement. Not really, the capes help to keep the sheep clean and keep the straw from tangling into their wool.

DAY 40 - More from the 4H Horse Barns

And what is it that this horse is so preoccupied with??

It's like a candy apple for horses. Her owner said it keeps her occupied for hours when she has to be cooped up in a stall.

I just love this next shot. When the kids aren't riding or showing their horses, off come the boots!

How's this for the old and new new. One girl is shoveling horse poo and her friend is texting. . .

Please pet my nose, pretty please. . .

Friday, August 22, 2008

DAY 39 - The 4-H Horses

There are 4-H horses galore at the fair. The kids and sometimes their whole families camp out in the horse barns by their horse's stall the entire week of the fair.

Here's one hungry little girl. . .

Here the kids are out in the show ring exercising their horses and practicing for their judging. . . . .

Thursday, August 21, 2008

DAY 38 - Harness Racing

AND THEY'RE OFF . . . . . . . .

We relaxed in the grandstand and watched a couple harness races during our day at the fair. I'd never seen a harness race before. It was really neat!

Here they are bringing in one of the horses from the barn. . .

The race. . .

And the winner is. . .

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

DAY 37 - More Rides at the Fair

The helicopter rides were a big hit with the kids! Well, with most kids. I don't think this little gal was enjoying her ride. She held on to the bar for dear life and "stayed on the ground" the whole ride, while the other kids were soaring in their little helicopters. If you pull the bar towards you, the helicopter goes up -- she didn't.

Anyone for a dinosaur ride. . .

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Day 36 - Fair Rides

You can't have a county fair without the rides. Being upside down a gazillion feet in the air isn't for me!

Can't forget the merry-go-round. . .

And one more picture of the pony rides. The kids were told to stand next to the pony they wanted to ride.

More on the rides tomorrow. . .