Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Miamisburg-Dayton (10/17/2018)

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Well! We had to stick around until today, because the Dayton Art Institute is only open Wednesday-Sunday! It also does not open until 11:00, so Brad kindly kept us busy earlier in the morning. (Unfortunately, Debbie had to go to work each day.)
First to Miamisburg, OH.
Miamisburg Mound is the largest mound in Ohio
at 20m/65' high and 78m/255' in diameter
View north from the top of the Miamisburg Mound
There are 116 steps, and a woman was going
up and down for exercise!
Next stop was the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center.
Bicycle racks (KSS)
Replica of a Wright glider (KSS)
Replica of Hanes Grocery that was housed in the Hoover Block (KSS)
At 10:00. a park ranger took us next door to the Wright Cycle Company building.
The building (1886) was leased by the Wright Brothers in 1895
as their 4th of 5 bicycle shops, and it also housed their printing business
Replica men's Van Cleve, the top-of-the-line bicycle
built by the Wright Company (KSS)
Van Cleve badge (KSS)
Replica women's Van Cleve; there are only five original Wright
bicycles left in the world: one in the National Museum of the US
Air Force, two at the Carillon Historical Park in Dayton, OH, one in the
Henry Ford Museum in Detroit (along with the original 5th bicycle
shop and the Wright family home), and one in the Smithsonian
Replica of the workshop of the 5th bicycle shop
We returned to the Interpretive Center, housed in the Hoover Block.
Replica of one of the Wright printing offices
Hoover Block (1890)
 Dayton Region's Walk of Fame mural (2017, by James Pate)
across from the Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center;
there are memorial stones in the sidewalk honoring personal or
professional contributions to the community, nation, and the world
A short drive to the Paul Laurence Dunbar House (1894).
The last house of the first internationally acclaimed African-American poet,
Paul Laurence Dunbar, was purchased in 1903; although Dunbar died in 1906,
his mother continued to live in the house until 1934, keeping everything as
Dunbar had left it, and in 1937 it was bought by the State of Ohio
Finally the Dayton Art Institute, founded in 1919, and housed in a landmark building built in 1930.
Lost and Found (2003, by Alison Saar)
Homage to Painting (1983,
by Roy Lichtenstein)
A view of the Leo the Lion statue (1907, by Anna Vaughn Hyatt for
Steele High School in Dayton; when the school closed it was moved
to the Dayton Art Institute in 1955)
Stacks in Celebration (1954, by Charles Sheeler),
an example of the Precisionist movement (KSS)
Jack-in-the-Pulpit (early 20C. by Tiffany Studios)
Landscape (1919, by Danish-American
Søren Emil Carlsen in his version of Impressionism)
The Fugitive's Story (1869, by John Rogers) shows
a slave escapee mother with her child telling of her
experiences to three anti-slavery movement leaders:
John Greenleaf Whittier, Henry Ward Beecher,
and William Lloyd Garrison
View of Cincinnati (1853, by German Edward Beyer) (KSS)
View of the Hale Italian Cloister of the Dayton Art Institute
Free Sample, Take One (1891, by De Scott Evans, who studied
at Miami University in Oxford) is a trompe l'oeil (KSS)
Dining Table (c 1815, attributed to Duncan Phyfe) (KSS)
Obviously the table can be expanded to a great length! (KSS)
A peek into the women's restroom
Centerpiece (c 1908, by Wiener Werkstätte in Jugendstil)
Shaw Gothic Cloister
Judith with the Head of Holofernes (c 1615-1620,
by Italian Carlo Saraceni) (KSS)
Judith and Holofernes (15C, by the Florentine Master of Marradi) (KSS)
Okay, what is the story of Judith and Holofernes?! In the Deuterocanonical Book of Judith (part of the Catholic Bible and not the Protestant Bible), the Assyrian general Holofernes is preparing to destroy the town of Bethulia (in Judea?). Judith, a beautiful widow, is able to enter the tent of Holofernes because he desires her. When he passes out from too much drink, Judith beheads him, and thus saves her home from destruction.
Navajo Horse Blanket Cylinder
(1976, by Dale Chihuly)
Aurora Red Ikebana with Yellow Stems
(2001, by Dale Chihuly)
Pathway (2001, by John Safer) is dedicated to
the spirit of the Wright Brothers (KSS)
Back at Brad's house, we were served a homemade Tuscan bean soup for lunch, before we departed for home. Many thanks to Debbie and Brad for their hospitality, and to Brad for his tour guide and chauffeur services!

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Clifton-Yellow Springs (10/16/2018)

Tuesday, October 16, 2018
On our way out of Fairborn this morning, we took a short detour to find one of Kent's childhood homes.
447 Coronado Drive
447 Coronado Drive in 1964-1965
Brad drove us to Clifton, OH where we parked at the Bear's Den parking area of Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve. We headed towards the right side of the map we had, thinking we were going east. Later we were to see that the north on the map was to the left, which meant we went the "wrong" way.
In the lower gorge, we were able to hike along the
water's edge of the Little Miami River
The river flows in the middle of the wider lower gorge
Slump-Block Cave was created when the shale and limestone
below eroded to the point where the dolomite block above
fell, leaning against another block to form an opening
An overlook was built on the foundation of a 17C paper mill
The river below the former paper mill (KSS)
The neon green softballs were actually Osage oranges or hedge apples
Reflections (KSS)
Polyporus squamosus fungi
Slump-block passage (KSS)
The Little Miami River is almost glacial in color here (KSS)
These do not look quite like Amanita muscaria/Fly Agaric mushrooms,
which are poisonous; maybe old ones?
Armillaria sp/Honey Mushrooms
Trametes versicolor/Turkey Tail (KSS)
Looking downstream into John Bryan State Park
We turned around and took the upper rim trail, this time really heading east.
A stream falls into the Little Miami River
View at Cedar Garden
At Pool Overlook, where Kent remembers
jumping into the water in his younger days
The Narrows
The Narrows, perhaps at a point where Cornelius
Darnell, a member of Daniel Boone's group
that was captured by the Shawnee Indians,
escaped by leaping across the gorge
The Narrows
The row of holes on the right were cut to anchor
beams supporting a cotton and wool cloth mill;
the mill provided cloth for uniforms of soldiers
fighting in Ohio during the War of 1812
Apparently the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) built this wall?
We reached the small town of Clifton, OH.
The sluice above the water wheel at Clifton Mill
The Little Miami River below the Clifton Mill
If you look closely, you might be able to tell that there are Christmas lights everywhere, even down the sides of the gorge. A legendary Christmas lights display is held annually.
Already they were covering the covered bridge with lights
Perhaps you can see the young man walking his dog down the trail,
despite the sign! (KSS)
We returned to the car and drove into Yellow Springs, OH, with its charming main street.
We had lunch at Ye Olde Trail Tavern in the first
home (1827) built in what was then Forest Village
I tried the Goetta sandwich, made with a meat and grain sausage originating in the Cincinnati area. It is similar to scrapple but uses any meat and usually pinhead oats, rather than pork products and flour.
Halloween display behind the tavern,
although the "knight" looked like a
permanent art installation (KSS)
We ended up walking probably a half mile to the Women's Park, then back.
Mosaic bench along Corry Street (KSS)
Mosaic bench
Women's Park was created in 1998 to honor women,
with a native plant garden...
...and tiles commemorating achievements of
women in Greene County (KSS)
Women's Park flowers sculpture (by Cherie Bayes)
Brad pointed out the parking lot with a 'No Parking' sign
Chimney of the Antioch power plant
Antioch Hall (1852, by Alpheus M Merrifield
in Romanesque style) at Antioch College
We were ready for dessert!
Young's Jersey Dairy had real ice cream in a bunch of flavors,
plus summer and seasonal activities
We drove around fields of dried cornstalks and dried sunflowers to Enon, OH.
Enon Adena Mound, the second highest mound in Ohio
Back in Fairborn, we made another short detour to find another of Kent's childhood homes.
1261 Oakhill Avenue
1261 Oakhill Avenue in the 1950s
Next: Miamisburg-Dayton.