Sunday, March 24, 2013
The weather has been abysmal for weeks now. Spring is late in coming this year...and snow is expected tonight.
Monday, March 11, 2013
While in Portsmouth, Ohio recently, I was told about a cool place called Raven Rock.
After a steep climb, I saw what I thought was the rock that "looked like a Raven with swept back wings".
When I got on top of that, I could see further up the ridge. Behind those branches is the actual Raven Rock - way up there on top of the hill.
When you finally make the steep climb, you are about 500 feet above the Ohio River. These are the bridges into Portsmouth which is upstream from the rock.
This is a small natural arch to the right of the rock.
In the foreground of this picture, you can see a sign that explains how the indians used this vantage point to scout out settlers coming down the river. They would send out raiding parties from the Scioto River. It's quite a view and worth the effort.
I recently had the chance to see the murals in Portsmouth, Ohio. They are painted along the flood walls down by the Ohio River. They are about 20 feet high and a half mile long...and quite impressive!
Starting at the up-river end, they show scenes from the first human inhabitants, up through time to the modern age. I was instantly knocked off-center by this rendition that shows a complex earthworks that leads across the Ohio River to a concentric circular earthworks on the Kentucky side.
This overview shows the complex. My inquiries uncovered the fact that most of this incredible site no longer exists. Only one of the smaller horseshoe-shaped mounds is intact in a Portsmouth park. The concentric mounds in Kentucky have been all but completely obliterated by years of plowing over the top of them. This should be a world heritage site; it needs to be reconstructed and saved for future generations.
The rest of the murals were also educational.
They showed every aspect of the area.
It gave a glimpse into the city's past.
It showed the importance of early industries.
I'm only showing a tiny portion.
If you get a chance, check out the murals. I definitely recommend it.