The following is a post written especially for OHventures by freelance tourism writer Susie Dent!
It doesn’t involve following a map to hunt down a Pokemon, and it doesn’t require an Oculus Rift headset, smartphone, or tablet. It’s called journaling and it’s the newest buzz among those wishing to be more organised, jot down their emotions, thoughts and experiences, and de-stress after a hard day. If you are visiting Ohio and you are a nature lover, these top spots are perfect for journaling in the midst of some of the most majestically beautiful areas Ohio has to dazzle you with!
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1. Corkscrew Falls in Hocking Hills: There is something about the sound of flowing water that is conducive to expression and creativity, but Corkscrew Falls will also blow you away with its pristine beauty. A gentle waterfall is flanked by imposing rock formations covered in emerald green moss and the sensation is akin to having walked into a fairy tale. Hocking Hills comprises many gorges, rock shelters and cliffs, so there are countless areas to excite and inspire. Time spent in nature is said to reduce our stress levels and enhance our cognitive abilities, so this spot will undoubtedly help you pen some memorable pages.
Photo by Toledo Blade
2. The Lighthouse in Marblehead State Park: This romantic lighthouse is one of Lake Erie’s most photographed monuments and it is not hard to see why; it has stood proudly since 1822 and it is surrounded by gorgeous grassy areas that make perfect picnic grounds that are serene enough to get some writing done. The lighthouse has a rich history that merits discovery. Of its 15 keepers, two were actually women; they carefully lit the 13 oil lamps that provided all the light emitted by the beacon to guide countless sailors home. If you are into creative writing, you might make it a point to pen a short story or poem with this beacon as a protagonist; its beauty has certainly provided inspiration for historiographers and creative writers alike.
3. Oakes Quarry Park: Those who are into bird watching will love writing down the different bird species they encounter at Quarry Park. The park, riddles with cliffs, soft grassy spots and lakeside views, is another very tranquil spot to describe in writing. Other wildlife you may encounter at the park include the red fox, raccoon, and white-tailed deer. The park is home to numerous foot trails that lead to ancient limestone fossils. Recently, an impressive 8,000 trees were planted as part of the Clean Ohio Conservation Fund’s reforestation project so avail of their welcoming shade while you jot your thoughts down.
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4. Headlands Beach: Many writers claim that no natural setting sends their creative juices flowing quite as much as the sea. From time in memoriam, human beings have been mad about water and indeed, the sea helps instil the sense of mindfulness (‘being in the here and now’) which is so conducive to good writing. Headlands’ mile-long natural beach is the longest in the state and in addition to being an ideal spot for writing down your travel experiences, it is also perfect for swimming, picnicking or walking along trails. There are two trails to choose from: Buckeye Trail (1.5 miles long) and Fishing Trail (Just 0.4 miles in length). In the winter time, visitors enjoy activities such as sledding and cross-country skiing.
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5. King Crystal Caverns: Those who love to write while feeling embraced by natural wonders should head for King Crystal Caverns, formed thousands of years ago by an underground river that made its way peacefully through the limestone, causing the formation of vast passageways and other gorgeous formations. The caverns filled with stalactites and stalagmites in a plethora of shapes and sizes. Although the exact age of the caverns are unknown, the Columbus Grey Limestone in which the caverns are carved are estimated to date back an impressive 400 million years. The most ancient crystal found on site is around 250,000 years old. The caverns are known for their incredible color, which range from brown to orange, red and even blue. The formations often look like ribbons blowing gracefully in the wind, making the caverns another oft photographed wonder.