(165: A hot job.)
I took this photo of one of the student volunteers having fun as a blacksmith. Although it looks a little cluttered and disorganized, they seem to know what they’re doing.
It’s a gray and chilly day here in the Bogs with a slight chance of snow in the forecast tonight. A good day to be standing next to a fire somewhere.
Here it is. Snow!
(Today’s view of the pond.)
(164: Red-tailed hawk.)
At Robbins Crossing (the 1840’s era Ohio village) we met Gray, a red-tailed hawk. She’s a beautiful bird. There were so many people gathered around that I didn’t get a chance to ask how she had come to be there. I’m guessing she was injured as that’s usually how a red-tailed hawk ends up being an exhibit at these places.
(Gray with her handler.)
You can read more about the red-tailed hawk here. We see them quite frequently in the trees surrounding the pond, especially during the winter months.
This morning’s moonset was gorgeous. I should have dragged out the tripod and the camera and taken a few photos, but sometimes all I want to do is watch and enjoy. So that’s what I did, watched and enjoyed the reflection of the moon in the pond, then looking at the moon itself as it slipped down behind the trees at the back of the pond.
I’m glad I took plenty of photos during our train trip as I really don’t have much to write about (unless things like laundry and housekeeping interest you). It’s kind of nice to have a quiet, uneventful life for a change.
(163: All aboard!)
Home again, home again. I had a most enjoyable weekend with my granddaughters and their parents, but it’s still good to be home.
(Nelsonville Train Depot)
On Saturday we met Emma, Maddy, and their parents at the depot of the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway to take a ride on their noon train to Haydenville. Emma likes trains so we thought it would be a fun ride for her. It was perfect for a 4-year-old in that it wasn’t a long ride and we were able to get off and spend a little time at Robbins Crossing, an 1840’s era Ohio village staffed with volunteers who dress in period costumes and take on some of the jobs of that era (such as blacksmithing).
(Inside one of the train cars.)
The weather wasn’t terribly cooperative. The three-hour drive from our home to Nelsonville was through some pretty heavy rain. Fortunately, it had mostly stopped by the time we arrived in Nelsonville. It stayed cloudy, with the occasional sprinkle, for most of the day, but the sun did make an appearance later in the afternoon, when we took a short hike to Ash Cave to see the cave and the waterfall. In the case of the waterfall, the rain was a good thing. I’ll be posting some photos of the waterfall and cave in future posts.
It was a fun day. Emma certainly seemed to enjoy it. I’m making plans to go back to the Hocking Hills area again in the spring. We’ll rent a cabin and invite Emma, Maddy, and their parents to spend the weekend with us. It has been a while since we hiked around that area and I’m looking forward to exploring it some more as well as spending more time with our family.