|There's No Place Like Home: Natural Ohio|
|Thursday, 04 August 2011 00:00 | Written by Jessica Keith | Blog Entry|
Farmers, football, the Great Lakes and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. That’s Ohio to most. And to some degree, it is to me, too. But it’s also the place I was born and raised. A place stripped of much native wildlife and wholeheartedly conquered by people (11 million and counting), the Buckeye State nevertheless has produced more than a few nature-lovers, including myself.
It’s not a very glamorous place to begin a blog about nature travel, but I feel compelled to pay homage to it, because it nurtured my young spirit and provided the kindling from which a burning flame for travel has grown.
But I’ll admit, perhaps it’s Ohio’s shortcomings in the nature department that have lit that fire within me. Although rooted to Ohio’s soil for family, work and nostalgic reasons, it doesn’t take more than a couple of months before I look around, sigh, and begin to plot my next trip.
Yet for as much as I long to escape the flat terrain and gray skies that seem to define Ohio’s landscape, I also yearn to uncover the natural treasures that still exist in the state.
See, Ohio is not Alaska. It’s not Maine. Or Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. It’s not a wild place where man’s foot has tread lightly. But the Ohio of years past was an oasis, and remnants of that glory still remain—you just need to know where to find it.
They say that home is where the heart is, and the phrase couldn’t ring more true for me. For all its shortcomings, in my eyes Ohio, my home, remains a place of beauty and hope. But only because I took the time to go in search of them.
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