Sunday, September 19, 2010

Athens Area

Our first taste of Pawpaws!

And Pawpaw beer

We had a lovely 24 hours away from Columbus.

First there was the Pawpaw Festival where everything you needed to know (or eat, or drink) that had to do with the native fruit was right there (more on this later!).

Then there was Ohio University, and the town of Athens. Apparently (as I have now learned) a fierce rival of the OSU Buckeyes.

Then, there was Strouds Run State Park (where we camped) with its tranquil lake, sweet smelling hiking trails, and a lot of buckeye trees and huge toadstools!

We got a little of everything and we were only 1.5 hours away from home. If you have not gone south on Rt 33, I would highly recommend it. Even if it's just for a drive to see the change from flatness to hills!

It's worth a trip.


  1. Very cool! We haven't been down this way recently, but had a great time in the nearby Hocking Hills area last summer:

    Old Man's Cave and Cedar Falls are both great hiking areas. The scenic train rides in Nelsonville are cool kid-friendly things to do too. ;)

  2. really nice park, great camping. and i loved the paw paws!

  3. Hocking Hills was one of our first trips out of Columbus when we first got here 2 months ago. I did blog about it...but I guess I posted it on our family blog, not here (that was before Cool Columbus was born). Beautiful there as well! We didn't camp there, must get back there sometime soon!


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