Monday, March 29, 2010


About 2 hours from Lancaster,Ohio (taking the slow road) you have Mohican State Park

Recently, Linda and I spent the weekend at the lodge at Mohican State Park for “Facebook Fan Weekend” and what a wonderful weekend it was. So, today for THAT'S MY WORLD TUESDAY we will start our visit to the lodge and park.

The flag and a BALD EAGLE ( Haliaeetus leucocephalus ) flying overhead greeted us as we arrived at the LODGE.


The lodge is operated by Xanterra Parks & Resorts whose operations span the country, and they are a “Green Company.” Xanterra was originally the FRED HARVEY COMPANY which has a rich history of civilizing the old west. I learned about “Fred Harvey Houses” from a fellow blogger.


Top photo my wife Linda being checked in by Tara who is working the front desk. Bottom photo is Matt whose official title is Director of special operations for Ohio State Parks (hope I got that right). Matt takes care of the Facebook Fan Page and twitter page for the parks. Matt you did a great job putting the weekend together. THANK YOU..

womuniform  When Fred Harvey started his company he advertised in the East for women to work for him Paying as much as $17.50 per month with free room, board and clean uniforms. Tara how would you like to wear a uniform like that?

Photo courtesy of Cline Collection, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ


James Fenimore Cooper visited this area and used the area as a setting for many scenes in his book The Last of the Mohicans.  For the rest of this post will explore the paved well lighted hiking paths in the close vicinity of the lodge.



Great view of PLEASANT HILL LAKE from the lodge. The lake provides 800 surface acres of water and is right in the middle of two major recreation areas; Mohican State Park and Mohican Memorial Forest. Say thanks to The U.S.Army Corps of Engineer's for this great recreational lake.



Linda checking out the Gazebo as she looks back at the lodge and our room (we left the light on). Great balcony with a tremendous viewframedlodgeroom


DSC_0017 Taking all those photos is hard work. I think I will take a break. In upcoming posts we will explore the area ( of course there is a fire tower ) and meet several of the naturalist and learn a little about their specialties.  BIRDS,BEES,SNAKES,RAPTORS,and TREES to name a few. Lisa explained how you could spot a DOGwood tree by it’s BARK LOL.. Sorry Lisa I couldn’t resist using that line…AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPING BY..

OOOPS  I almost forgot the morning we learned about Geocaching from Todd Metz the geocache guy from Guilford Lake State Park


Map picture


TONY LETTS said...

hasn't that snow gone yet? :)

Joe Todd said...

Tony I'm hoping that's the last of the snow.. Didn't last long

Unknown said...

I hope that is the last of the snow too!

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Anonymous said...

Beautiful, beautiful pictures, Joe! My favorite is of the bald eagle soaring above. Looks like you had a great time, and I was right. The park does look like great hiking country!

Thank you for sharing this with us, Joe. I pray you're doing well. God bless!

EG CameraGirl said...

I'm surprised to see snow there! In spite of the white stuff, the Mohican State Park looks like a great place to hike and enjoy nature.

Noel Morata said...


thanks for sharing a little bit about your world today, thats a very beautiful gazebo. i loved the tour of the area!

DeniseinVA said...

What a great trip and I enjoyed all the photos, thank you.

Sylvia K said...

What great shots. What a fun trip and a lovely place to visit!! Thanks for sharing a wonderful part of your world, Joe! Hope you have a great week!


SandyCarlson said...

A wonderful place, and no doubt about it!

Anonymous said...

You had a busy time! Looks like lots of fun, and I love that the park hosted a special visit for Facebook Fans.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I love going along on your getaways (so nice of Linda to let you share ;>) Seriously, you two are great ambassadors for your beautiful state; I never read your posts without wanting to come back to OHio; we missed WAY too much when we were there.

Maybe we'll bring the Roadtrek up there one of these times.

Oman said...

that matt surely looked like jake ghylenhall. awesome pics, it showed you had great time :)

have a blessed lenten season :)

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Looks like you all had a marvelous time at Mohican State Park... Can't wait to see more pictures....

Anonymous said...

Great weekend it seems. Love the place. Also love the book and the movie too! Thanks for sharing.

Rajesh said...

Wonderful shots of the park. The wooden sculpture is very nice.

Carolyn Ford said...

A Facebook Fan! This place looks very nice and it sounds like you had a very nice time there. A little snow and brilliant blue skies...not bad! I see smiles on faces so that is a very GOOD thing about a weekend get-away!

Randi said...

Lovely shots of the park. Interesting post and It sounds like you had a great outing.

Sharkbytes said...

Right near Butler, eh? I might get there some time. Great pics, Joe!

Anonymous said...

Great post again. Beautiful pictures of the lake.

aspiritofsimplicity said...

It looks like a nice place to visit and a lovely weekend for you. I notice you still have snow on the ground. We were lucky here in N.H. this year and didn't get much snow this year. We are experiencing on going on again off again flooding though.

Joyful said...

It's beautiful in your world. Thank you for sharing.

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

you were brave to hang around in the open gazebo with all the snow around.I like that uniform of the past.

happily retired gal said...

I enjoyed seeing these wonderful (if a bit chilly) views from your world ... visiting belatedly for oh so many reasons. Hope you had a wonderful Easter.
Hugs and blessings,