[5/50] Ohio

The next state on my quest to take photos of all 50 states is Ohio. When I think of Ohio I think of three things, and I got photos of all of them.

A two-story house on a tree lined street with campaign signs in the front lawn - in other words, Ohio.
A two-story house on a tree lined street with campaign signs in the front lawn – in other words, Ohio.

The first is suburbia. Tree lined streets with modest two story homes with 2.5 kids and yards. I was surprised how eerily Ohio lived up to that picture in my head, maybe I’ve picked it up from TV over the years. The second is elections. Everybody knows that Ohio picks the president. There’s no real reason for it but it’s true. And it shows. We were lucky enough to visit the Buckeye State only a week after a presidential election, one that was won when Ohio was called.

The photo I chose for Ohio is so perfectly Ohio that all others are pretty much unnecessary, but I’m adding them anyway because why not?

Cleveland skyline at night
Cleveland skyline at night

The third thing I think of when I think of Ohio is rock and roll. Specifically the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Since we had a single day for our mini-vacation we decided to pick just one Cleveland thing to do, and it was the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It was a little bit pricey but I’m glad we did it. It wasn’t exactly what I was expecting, there were way more clothes on display that I thought there would be,but there were also some really cool displays, I found the history exhibit fascinating and the building itself is fantastic.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at night
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at night

And let’s not forget that Ohio is also in the Midwest and has a responsibility to be filled with large, empty, boring stretches of nothing interspersed with small towns. These small towns are easily identified by their water towers. We stopped in Ohio a second time when we were driving U.S. 20 for a short visit with my cousin Terra (who is absolutely impossible to get in front of a camera) so I took a photo of the water tower in her small, Ohio town to mark the occasion. Notice that the water tower is in the same park as the baseball fields, because Midwest.

Water tower in Swanton, Ohio
Water tower in Swanton, Ohio

Ohio marks the 5th state I’ve marked off my list, so I’m 10 percent done with that challenge (I’m actually a lot farther along than that, but now I’m considering making a blog post for each state part of it too) and more than halfway done with my challenge to blog every week for a year. I am not writing the kinds of things I was hoping to right now, but I’m sure that will come back, and I’m really enjoying forcing myself to stick to something, hopefully I’ll make myself keep going even after a year is up.

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