October 22, 2014

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Gary Obermiller

The Firelands native and new Deputy Director of the ODNR and Chief of Ohio State Parks traces his success to a humble start as a volunteer and seasonal maintenance worker.

Gary Obermiller looks at home in the outdoors. So much so that I feel sorry for the guy who’s had so much professional success that he’s risen to the level where he now has to wear a neck tie much of the time, but that’s the breaks. You see, one day about twenty-six years ago Read More…

Hocking Hills 2014

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Driving up route 33 leaving Hocking Hills State Park last year, I looked in the back seat to see both kids asleep as the rain beat down in sheets on the hastily re-packed van. I turned to my wife who was also on the edge of Sandland and said, “You know, I think this place Read More…

Mohican

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I think that, as teenagers, most of us discovered Mohican State Park and the Mohican River Valley. If there’s one place in Ohio that is all about accommodating group camping and outdoor fun, it’s Mohican State Park in “The camp and canoe capital of the world!” But if you’ve been back to the park lately Read More…

Johnson’s Island

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It’s a little past dusk on Saturday night, Fourth of July weekend, and we’re having the time of our lives in the simplest of ways. Matt and Scott have discovered that the really big catfish are coming in close to shore after dark here on Johnson’s Island, and the kids are reeling them in one Read More…

Vermilion Boat Club Sail Camp

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VBC…boast a nationally recognized “Sail camp,” says the bronze plaque commemorating the Vermilion Boat Club’s founding in 1913. The plaque might well say: international recognition. This year’s 103 campers include members not only from Connecticut, Chicago and Florida, but also Jamaica. VBC’s Sail Camp was founded in 1950 by Nan Gregory and continues today under Read More…

Tick Talk

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I came out of the path that leads from Spencer Lake to the parking area, when a boy who was standing there asked his mother why I had my boots tucked into my pants. She told him it was to keep them dry in the wet grass. I leaned over and told him, “Actually, it’s Read More…

Paddle Ohio

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I’m not sure what my first paddle trip was; probably a day trip at Findley with Dad. By the time I was in seventh grade though, I was pretty much a paddle pro! Trips down the Mohican with the youth group from St.  Andrew’s or weeks spent on the lake at Camp Firelands had made Read More…

Up close with the American Buffalo

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It was the weekend before Memorial Day, so we had avoided the crowds by making our trip to Yellowstone National Park early in the season. Of course, there are certain risks in doing this, like the real possibility of getting snowed-in. In fact, Cooke pass wasn’t even open yet this particular year due to a Read More…

The Black is Back!

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When I was a kid, my grandparents lived just above Cascade Park on Bath Street, and one of the biggest thrills of my kid life was getting to play in the park. This was before anything in our world was scary or dangerous, so it was ok for parents to let their kids climb all Read More…

Turtles

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Finally, warm weather is here. I’m out in “the field” looking for the long awaited signs of spring, and they are all around this time of year. Nests of all kinds of critters, birds and rodents, can be found at every turn, and the little nature walks I take with my daughter are like the Read More…