Bart’s Books, Ojai, California

Their website says “The World’s Greatest Outdoor Bookstore” and perhaps it is. There aren’t too many outdoor bookstores in my neck of the woods (Cincinnati). I certainly recommend checking it out if you are in the neighborhood of Ojai, California. Very cool indeed. You may even spy a “celebrity” or two while there. They have a huge supply of books ranging from the 35 cent honor system books that line the bookshelves out on the sidewalk to rare out-of-print first editions.

Honor system explained on sign
"California"
"History"
"Stephen King"

Sky Bridge at Sunset

The Sky Bridge is in the Red River Gorge Geological Area of Eastern Kentucky. This area contains the highest concentration of natural arches in the Eastern United States. It is also a haven for rock climbers and hikers. Located in Powell County, Ky. There are lots of great places to visit there.

On Top of the Sky Bridge with Graffiti
On Top of the Sky Bridge with Graffiti
sky-bridge3-wp
Under the Sky Bridge Arch

Under the Sky Bridge
Under the Sky Bridge

Sky Bridge with Graffiti Rock
Sky Bridge with Graffiti Rock

St. Leon Pole Raising 2008

Every 4 years, on the 2nd Saturday before the presidential election, the community of St. Leon, Indiana continues the tradition of the Pole Raising to commemorate the presidency of Andrew “Old Hickory” Jackson. Once a common occurrence, St. Leon is believed to be the only place where you can see the pole raising today. The locals head to the woods in the morning to cut down a tall hickory tree. Then drag it back to town for a short parade featuring a steam powered tractor hauling the tree behind. Next some political speeches and rallying followed by the raising.

Going Up
Going Up
Raised
Raised
Historical Marker
Historical Marker

OCTOBER 2012 UPDATE:

Interesting side note to the sign picture above. It appears that the Dearborn County Democrat Party liked this picture so much they decided to put it on their poster for the 2012 Pole Raising.

Poster with “Historical Marker” picture

 

Metamora, Historic Canal Town

Here are some panos from the quaint south eastern Indiana town of Metamora. Also featured are some views of the Duck Creek Aquaduct, perhaps the only functioning aquaduct in the USA. The aquaduct carries the restored canal boat “Ben Franklin” with passengers over the Duck Creek. There are a lot of small shops and galleries here and with several festivals and special events during the year it is a good place to spend a relaxing day or two.

Metamora Main Street
Metamora Main Street
Meetinghouse
Meetinghouse
Duck Creek Aquaduct
Duck Creek Aquaduct
Inside The Aquaduct
Inside The Aquaduct

Abandoned Bridge, Mt. Airy Forest

Deep in the heart of Mt. Airy forest lies this abandoned concrete bridge from an old roadway that has since been cut off by the construction of I-74 through the forest. My guess is that it carried an access road from West Fork Rd. into the park. Now no signs of the road but a trail does goes over it. A little downstream from here the creek enters 2 very large steel tunnels about 700′ long that goes through the fill made for interstate 74. Very cool to walk through those indeed.

tunnel-bridge
Abandoned roadway bridge to nowhere