Wednesday, August 5, 2009

More Ohio Sights along I70

I'm ashamed to say I'm behind in the blog. I take such pride in keeping it up and tease people who don't, but I have to admit that we're already in Indiana. However, I can't just skip over the great things we saw in Ohio, now can I?

In downtown Columbus, they appropriately have a copy of the Santa Maria. She really is a contrast to the city skyline in the background.

Although I'm not an art expert, even I have heard of Georges Seurat's painting of A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. Okay, maybe I didn't know the name, but it looks familiar.

The topiary garden in Old Deaf School Park is a landscape rendition of that painting. It was created in 1992 by James T. Mason who felt that if art can mimic nature, why can't nature mimic art?

I loved the idea and was fascinated by the results.

The topiaries represent 54 people, eight boats, three dogs, a monkey and a cat. Some of them still need to fill in a bit, but it's an amazing sight.

We had asked some friends who are Ohio-based WINs for suggestions along the route. One place they recommended that I probably wouldn't have visited was the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton. Wow! Am I glad we went!

They had a huge assortment of flying machines, from this 1909 Military Flyer built by the Wright brothers. . .

All the way to rockets for space travel,

With more planes than you can imagine in between.

This B-29 Superfortress dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki on August 9, 1945.

I'm drawn to the 'stealth' aircraft. With a 172 foot wingspan, I couldn't get a picture of the B-2 on display. Besides, it's invisible.

The museum is billed as Ohio's #1 free attraction. I'm tempted to say it's the best free attraction anywhere. Ron even found the plane he worked on while he was in the service. Unfortunately by that time my back was complaining and I had gone back to the RV, so no picture.


  1. I am enjoying your photos of Ohio. It almost makes me homesick since I spent so much time there. Columbus is one of my favorite cities but Marietta is my very favorite Ohio city. Thanks for the posts.

  2. Loved the topieries! (Did I spell it right?)