A lot of small towns that I see are located next to something of economic value. I couldn’t find a thing with Sycamore. No river, no lake, no quarry or visible mine. Probably a true Midwest farm town. And let me tell you, if you’re not familiar with this area of Ohio, you will never accidentally go to Sycamore. There are no main highways leading to or from any of the Three C’s or even Toledo or Dayton from here. You’re more likely to get stuck behind a tractor than a tractor-trailer. I wonder if their high school football team is any good.
Until I started flying, I never knew how many quarries there were in Ohio. They seem to be everywhere! From about 3,000 ft., they are gorgeous. This is Carey, Ohio. Population of about 3,600 in 2010 and this quarry outside of town is one of the larger ones I’ve flown over to date. It’s about halfway between Columbus and Toledo as the plane flies, but you probably wouldn’t ever see it driving unless you were headed there on purpose… which apparently a lot of people are, according to the all-knowing wikipedia: there is an annual gathering of Catholics, mainly from the Middle East, who come from around the country on the Feast of the Assumption of Mary. During this gathering, chanting can be heard even from across town, and thousands of people camp in public parks and empty lots to attend the religious procession. Interesting.
Nestled on the way from Findley, Ohio to Columbus is a small town called Dunkirk. 875 people lived in Dunkirk in 2010, although I’m curious if the surrounding farmers outside the village proper are counted because as you can see from the picture: farms extend as far as the eye can see.
It looks so much flatter from 2500 ft. I remember sledding here as a kid but from the air I don’t even know where the hill might have been.
I do like taking my dog off leash (which is against the rules, so don’t do it) in the wooded sections. She loves romping around the trees. Once she ran through a patch of burrs and it took hours to pick them all out of her fur.
The mighty Mad River Mountain, home of the finest snow sports in Ohio. This is where I like to spend a lot of time during the winter. It may not be the Rockies, but it’s close to home and keeps you from becoming too rusty if you are going to make big winter trip to a major ski resort.
It has a vertical drop of 300 ft. so sometimes it can feel like you’re running laps, but they have fantastic entertainment at night and a fully stocked bar so there’s always a warm and friendly place to take a break between your runs.
This shot was taken in mid-March so there’s a bit of (artificial) snow on the ground. I’m looking forward to them replacing the loft that they lost in a fire last summer and taking some pictures of the place in operation.
I was flying over the endless Ohio farmland and found this tiny little town of Sulphur Springs right along my flight path. It’s an unincorporated township a little to the northeast of Bucyrus and wikipedia says it had a population of 194 as of the 2010 census.
This is the test track near Marysville, Ohio which I believe is used by Honda to as a proving ground for their vehicles. The big outer oval is 7.5 miles in length the smaller tracks I don’t know about but I kind of want to drive them. They look like a lot of fun.
The day I was flying over, I saw one car on the big loop. Driving in a single lane at a perfectly steady pace. Worst job in the world.
This is a little community of sailors and power boaters located on Catawba Island in Lake Erie. If you’ve taken the (slow) ferry to Put-in-Bay, you’ve been in the area. This photo was taken in early April and it’s obvious that a lot of the boats are not in the water yet for the season. The difference in water color between the foreground lake just outside of the marina and the background lake is interesting. I’m not sure whether that’s a true color difference or an atmospheric illusion. I didn’t notice the difference while I was flying.
I have a colleague in my office who is building a home in the Lake Choctaw community so I offered to fly over and get a picture in. Madison County Airport (KUYF) is nearby so it gave me an opportunity to practice some touch & go’s while I was there.