Category: Nature

X Marks the Spot Along the Ohio River

The story of the Ohio River has never been straight and clear. Like the waterway itself, the history of the river meanders and rolls, falls and loops about again. This is a river alive with the spirit of Native Americans; moving with the enterprise of frontier families, yet still learning to balance the demands of commerce with the fragility of nature.

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Be forewarned – there is a robbers’ lair tucked into the banks of the Ohio River. Named Cave-In-Rock by notorious pirate and murderer Samuel Mason, this once violent site is now a peaceful addition to the Illinois State Park system. Visitors often stay in  comfortable cabins while exploring the nearby iron furnace, or the Garden of the Gods.

Located in Clarksville, Indiana, the once impressive 26 foot drop in elevation along two and one half miles of the Ohio River is now an educational site where fossils more than 390 million years old are preserved. Due to the fluctuating water levels of the Ohio River, the Falls of the Ohio State Park is best visited in late summer and through early winter.

The public is invited to learn more about the Ohio River where it flows through Southeastern Indiana when independent filmmaker Dennis Neary presents his film, Take the River, at the Lawrenceburg Public Library on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 6:00PM.

S is for Sky

On this beautiful Earth Day, look up – the sky is always a work of art!

U is for Unexpected

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Some of the prettiest treasures are tucked right under our noses, or near major highways, anyway. When traveling between Kentucky and Indiana, close to the Ohio state line, an unexpected refuge for man and beast, bird and fish waits for us.

The Oxbow is home to countless land and waterfowl, amphibians, mammals and more. Wildlife is protected here, making this haven just off US 50 near Greendale, Indiana, a perfect setting for plein air painters, binocular clad birders, and contemplative walkers.

This special place is open to the public free of charge and offers an unexpected, little-known escape from the usual routine.

As with any lovely spot, when you visit, please be respectful of the earth by removing any evidence of your visit, and please consider joining the Friends of the Oxbow as a way to ensure future visitors an undisturbed sanctuary of their very own, too.

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S is for Surf

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I love the shore and the mountains, but the ocean might be even more precious to me than the Smokies. The seaside is where I come from since I grew up near Atlantic City – before the gambling, before the noise and commotion, and before the too-big-buildings got in the way of the beautiful sea.

It’s been a very long time since I walked along the New Jersey shore, but I have vivid memories of playing in the clean sand and splashing in the salty water. I loved every minute spent near the ocean, and still feel best whenever I am near water.

In celebration of Earth Day, and in honor of today’s letter S, join me in South Carolina where the surf is calling our names, and the beaches are waiting for us.

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