Thursday, July 28, 2016

Stroll Through Dave Grohl Alley

Photos by OHventures

Surprising to many might be the fact that drummer and vocalist Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters and Nirvana fame hails from the mid-sized town of Warren, Ohio. Surprising to even more people might be the fact that I, for a short period of my youth, was a fan of both of those bands, and therefore a fan of Dave Grohl!

Nothing is more surprising, however, than the fact that the town of Warren has an alleyway solely dedicated to its famous native. As the story goes, a police officer felt that a rundown alley in downtown Warren needed a facelift. So, he decided to clean it up and dedicate it to Dave Grohl as a way to motivate and inspire the youth of the Rust Belt town. 

Dave Grohl Alley officially opened as a roadside attraction in August 2009, with Dave Grohl himself showing up to the dedication. Added to the alley in 2013 were the "World's Largest Drumsticks" (pictured below), which were hand carved, and put Warren on the map in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Stopping by the alley recently was a really cool experience, seeing many pieces of art modeled after Dave Grohl and his music. Take a detour when you're in the area to see it for yourself, especially if you're a music fan. If you need suggestions for other things to do while in town, grab some grub at Cockeye BBQ, gander at the historic Trumbull County Courthouse, and drive up the road to see a Lunar Module in honor of Neil Armstrong!

(if you want to visit, just type "Dave Grohl Alley" in Google Maps!)

Ride A Camel At Columbus Zoo

Photos by OHventures

Well, mark that one off of the bucket list! I rode me a camel!

When my friends from Chicago and Colorado were coming in to Ohio for the weekend, we decided to go to the Columbus Zoo. And, from the moment we went, all I had my sights on was riding a camel!

That's right! For just $7, you can take a short ride on the back of a camel at the Columbus Zoo. My friend Faye and I hopped on a camel named Ghost after standing in a short line, and we took a ride around the African Safari with one of the zoo workers guiding the way.

It was a tame ride, with only a few bumps in the road (no pun intended). The only thing lacking was the vast Sahara desert. I think I prefer being in the comfort of Ohio instead of in the middle of the Sahara, though!

If you go to the Columbus Zoo, be sure to ride a camel. And, while you're at it, take some time to take part in some of the other interactive elements found at the zoo: feed the giraffes, walk alongside the kangaroos, pet the stingrays, and let lorikeets land on you while you feed them nectar!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Pine Bokeh Photography

Photos by Pine Bokeh Photography

Hiking and dogs - two of my all time favorite things. Particularly, hiking at Brandywine Falls with my very own rescue dog, Slider. I rescued this little guy in 2012, and we've been on countless adventures together. Don't let his little size fool you. He keeps up, and he has a larger than life personality; a personality that is worthy to be captured in a series of photos!

My former co-worker Britney recently started her own photography business, Pine Bokeh Photography, and said she really wanted to get some pet portraits of my little guy! Of course, I obliged, because (next to dogs and hiking) another one of my favorite things is photography. I am a firm believer that life should be captured on film as much as possible (I even get picked on it for how many pics I take)! 

As Ansel Adams says, "You don't take a photograph, you make it." So that's just what we did! We went off to take photos with a field, and with the waterfalls as a backdrop. Pine Bokeh is named as such because of their use of the "bokeh" technique in photography (a blurred effect of sorts). I think that Britney and her business partner Jess did a fantastic job.

Here are a few samples of photos taken this summer! Go out there and explore, but take a camera along with you! After all, a camera is like a "save" button for your memories!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Akron To Cincy

Photos by Tim Fitzwater

The following post was written for publication on the website "The Akronist." The Akronist is a source for compelling stories about greater Akron. It has local videos, photos, podcasts, articles, and blogs produced by the community. I wrote this piece as a recap of a recent trip taken with a group of fellow Akronites in the young leadership group known as Torchbearers. 

As a bus full of 35 Akronites rolled into the Over-the-Rhine district of Cincinnati on June 5, smart phones began taking pictures and tagging social media posts with the hashtag “#TB2Cincy.”

There was no question that the working minds of Torchbearers of Akron had arrived, and they were eager to learn about the southwest Ohio city nearly four hours away from home. Creative juices were flowing, and notepads were at the ready to catch inspiration during the group’s two-day excursion to the Queen City.

In early 2015, Torchbearers received its largest single grant ($65,000) from the John S. and James L Knight Foundation. This grant sponsored two trips, the first being to Detroit in May 2015, and the second being the most recent trip to Cincinnati on June 5 and 6 of this year.

It was the goal of Torchbearers to travel to Cincinnati in order to learn about the city’s efforts in arts and culture, neighborhood revitalization and economic development, with the hopes of bringing back these ideas for programs in Akron. In addition, the trip was an opportunity for Torchbearers to share with those in Cincinnati all the innovative things Akron is doing to revitalize and grow.