About 20 bulbs of German Porcelain, Chesnok Red, and Italian Music varieties.
Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park – Butler County, Ohio
Here are some pictures of this beautiful sculpture park just southwest of Hamilton, Ohio. I visited the park while participating in the 2017 ARDF US Championship. It was one of our practice venues for the week long event. Click on the pictures below for larger images.
Garlic Harvest 2017
Ann Arbor Art Fair 2017
My wife Julie and I attended the Ann Arbor Art Fair in 2017. We stayed within easy walking distance of downtown Ann Arbor at the Burnt Toast Inn bed and breakfast on West Williams Street. The overall Art Fair combines 4 different arts organizations into one great showing of great artists and artisans throughout downtown Ann arbor over a 4 day period. See the pictures below for a flavor of the fair. Click on images below for bigger picture.
Williamson Adena Mound – Cedarville, Ohio
Here is another Adena mound that I visited while attending the Amateur Radio Hamvention in Xenia in 2017. It is located off of U.S. Route 42 just west of Cedarville, Ohio. (full address: 2750 U.S. Route 42, Cedarville, Ohio). It is part of the Greene County Parks and Trails system and the same park has some other interesting features that I will report about in another post.
The park brochure states that this large and tall mound is believed to be a memorial to or a lookout for an ancient Adena community. Perhaps greater than 30 feet high and 144 feet in diameter, the mound is located in an open meadow area. It takes about ten minutes to walk to the mound from the parking area with the Log House directly adjacent to Route 42. A plaque by the mounds references the “first Ohioans who sleep within”, so at least someone, at one time, thought it was a burial mound (see picture below).
I easily walked all the way around the mound to see it from all sides. I refrained from walking on top of it, out of respect of those who might be buried within. (Click on images below for a larger view.)
Kinsey Road Mound Preserve – Xenia, Ohio
I visited this small, quiet, and unique Adena Mound when I was attending the Amateur Radio Hamvention in 2017. It is just about a 1/2 mile east of Xenia High School. Take Highlander Drive south off of Kinsey Road. These pictures were taken from the Mound Ct. Cul-de-sac just off of Highlander Drive. You can park on the Cul-de-sac, but not directly in front of the mound entryway according to the road parking signs. I was able to walk around the mound and see some of the encircling embankment which I believe may qualify this site to be called a Henge or Hengiform monument. There are some trails that lead down to the Oldtown Creek and loop through the small preserve. Lat/Long Coordinates are (39.710474,-83.912942). Click on the images to see a larger view.
Field Day 2017
Rig was Yaesu FT-817 running 5 watts with NUE-PSK Modem. 12v power supplied by Duracell Powerpack 600 with a 30W solar panel charging the unit. Antenna was Loop on a portable 10 meter high fiberglass composite mast. The loop antenna and mast was manufactured in Germany by Walter Spieth (DK9SQ). Its official name: SQ Loop and Fiberglas Teleskop Tower. The antenna tuner was a QRP 15 watt maximum Z match / transmatch sold as a kit: Emtech ZM-2.
My Father-in-law’s 90th birthday!
Here he is with his beautiful wife and 5 GREAT grandchildren.