Monday, October 31, 2011

Cleveland Rocks!

Photo by OHventures

To outsiders (non Ohioans), Cleveland is probably the most recognizable city in the state, all thanks to its three professional sports teams (Cleveland CavaliersCleveland Browns, and Cleveland Indians), Betty White's hilarious sitcom "Hot In Cleveland" and the hit TV show from the 90s, The Drew Carey Show, whose theme had everyone in America chanting "Cleveland ROCKS!" While it may also be known for the now infamous internet meme, "Hastily Made Cleveland Tourism Video" (with over 4 million views) and the unfortunate river-burning incident, Cleveland is more than just the butt of every joke.

The city of Cleveland is located on the Lake Erie shoreline in Cuyahoga County on the Cuyahoga River in Northeast Ohio. It is the 2nd most populated city in the state (Columbus being the first). It has become unofficially known as the "Rock 'n Roll Capital of the World" and is heavily known for its astounding historical architecture and ethnic sectors of town, including a prominent Slavic Village and Little Italy.

Nowadays, Cleveland is taking some strides in the right direction. New state laws have made it possible for a casino to be built on the shoreline, as well as state tax credits for movie makers (which is responsible for bringing the upcoming film "The Avengers" to the city to film)! And, as always, there is great food and awesome music in Cleveland.

To find out just why Cleveland rocks, a day trip is most definitely in order. Below, read the Top 9 Things To Do When Visiting Cleveland.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Camping Photo Blog

Who: You and an endless amount of friends, family, or strangers!
What: Camping
When: April through November
Where: Any of hundreds of Ohio campsites
Why: To bond with friends, be one with nature, and be close to hiking and other outdoor fun
How: By tent, cabin, or RV with a lot of planning and preparation

Be a Happy Camper!

Photo by OHventures

Man's basic needs are simple: food, shelter, and water. That means we can live without the modern day luxuries of fancy cars, five course meals, epic video games and 1,000 count Egyptian cotton bedsheets. We can sacrifice those things - even if for one night - and replace them with mud-caked boots, a lumpy sleeping bag, fire cooked stew, and a hickory smoked wardrobe. All this can be accomplished on an Ohio camping excursion!

Why would taking ourselves out of our cozy homes be in any way appealing? Maybe it's just me, but perhaps the idea of sleeping under the stars, being awoken by birds chirping, and bonding with friends in the great outdoors is my idea of an amazing fall (or spring or summer) night. It's hard to even make out the stars with bright city lights, and even harder to hear the chirping of birds while traffic whizzes by. For once, bonding can happen in person with limited distractions. No television, no internet, and no blogs!

Camping also throws in a number of other OHventures, depending on where you do it. If you pick the right place, you can wake up and head on a hike, embark on a canoe ride, or enjoy a nearby festival.

Monday, October 17, 2011

The Candle Lab

Photo by OHventures

The Candle Lab is a great indoor and fun way to get your creative juices flowing in Central Ohio. Various locations including Grandview, Worthington, Powell, and Short North can be found at their website.

I don't know why no one has thought of this before? A place to mix and match different scented oils to create your very own personalized candle?! It's a genius idea! And with 120 scents for you to experiment with, The Candle Lab will have your head spinning!
The Candle Lab is perfect for gifts. Guys can really impress their moms or wives or girlfriends by walking in and throwing together a couple of scents. It adds the perfect personal touch. And girls can do the same for guys...everyone likes things to smell good! You can go the flowery route (lavender, sunflower, magnolia, etc.), sugary-desserty route (graham cracker, marshmallow, whipped cream, etc.), fruity route (yuzu, fig, grapefruit, etc.), spicy route (rosemary, basil, clove, etc.) or the bizarre route (cannibis, campfire, tomato leaf).

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Mansfield Reformatory

Photos by OHventures

Mansfield Reformatory
100 Reformatory Road
Mansfield, OH 44905-1208

Nothing is spookier in Ohio than the Mansfield Reformatory. I don't mean the "fake spider web and bedsheet ghosts" kind of spooky. I am talking about the "decaying walls, rusted jail cells, and eerily quiet hallways echoing with stories of tortured prisoners" kind of spooky. This now defunct prison is one of the most majestic buildings in all of Ohio, resembling a Transylvanian castle soaring high into the sky. Built in 1886, the Mansfield Reformatory served as a prison for some of Ohio's first-time offenders. It was looked at as being a progressive step forward for rehabilitation. However, conditions worsened over the years, so much so that it finally shut its doors in 1990. Many say paranormal activity runs rampant at the prison, as improperly treated and abused inmates who died in the jail (which amount to over 200 people) continue to haunt visitors (that is, if you believe in that kind of thing).

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

10 Rainy Day OHventures

It's been a pretty soggy fall this year in Ohio (okay, every year in Ohio), so what's one to do when the rain keeps pouring? This past week alone, my fishing plans had to be rescheduled and my weekend camping ended up being way too wet for comfort. Thankfully, I have compiled a list of ideas for things for adventure seekers in Ohio to seek out when they don't want to settle for boardgames and TV!

1. Indoor Rock Climbing: This rather extreme activity is (in my opinion) more fun than its outdoor counterpart! It's easier, cheaper, and more accessible! There are plenty of indoor facilities all across the state that welcome everyone from beginners to pros. Give yourself a hefty workout and climb to new heights!

2. Trampoline Park: If you live in Central Ohio, or are up for a bit of a drive in the rain, then you should most definitely head to the Sky Zone Trampoline Park located in Lewis Center. Here, you can participate in trampoline aerobics, dodgeball, free jump, or a number of other awesome activities. Clevelanders can hold tight - a location is in the works for your neck of the woods!

3. Yoga: There are many different kinds of yoga with names that don't make much sense to me (hasha, ashtanga, bikram...), but what I do know is that this awesome exercise regimen is often underrated by a large sector of the population. Yoga is both relaxing and challenging at the same time - and healthy as can be! One try and you'll be hooked. (Click the link for a list of Ohio locations)