Our second stop took us to a not-so-nice part of Walnut Hills where I was searching for James Batchelor's Odd Garden. At the time of the account I read of him, he was 97 years old and had a backyard described as "yard-art mosaic that's a little bit Mardi Gras, a little bit Looney Toons, a little bit roadside Americana." Unfortunately it appears the garden is no longer there. We missed the house on our first trip down the road, but after circling around we found the house number and its ordinary back yard. Luckily I had a couple photos from the Weird Ohio site to show them. I hope Mr. Batchelor is alive and well.
From there we headed for Pete Rose Way and Sawyer Point, where I wanted the kids to see the flying pig statues up close. As we approached we saw three motorcycle cops in the grass on the side and then realized they were in the process of cuffing a guy on the ground. Foghorn missed seeing it and was insistent that I turn around and go back. I declined.
|Chester with fish friend.|
|A chilly 98 degrees in the sun today.|
|The Welcome Wagon.|
We had to park in a U.S. Bank parking lot and as we were descending the hill to the chapel, we were welcomed by ducks. Lots of ducks. And geese. And then more flew in. Apparently, despite a sign warning against it, people feed them frequently. Unfortunately we had nothing on us and I was a little afraid of a mob attack. They behaved, though, and merely followed us down to the chapel. My understanding is that it measures six feet by nine feet, with a ceiling eight feet high inside. Unfortunately we couldn't access the inside.
|Anybody know what the hell kind of bird this is?|
Rabbit Hash, Kentucky, and its 180 year old general store. Rabbit Hash is a small town just across the river from Rising Sun, Indiana and on the National Register of Historic Places. It is a nearly 200 year old river town and by looking at the "downtown" section, you wouldn't think much had changed.
Lucy Lou, having been elected in 2008, and beating out one cat, one possum, one jackass, one human being, and ten dogs. Unfortunately, Lucy Lou was not in town today (Chester asked at the General Store) and Foghorn was crushed. Outside we did meet the dog pictured below and he took us on a little tour of a couple buildings along the river. He then started to go into the river and looked back at us as if waiting to be followed. We said no thank you to a dip in the murky water. We told Foghorn we suspect he was the vice-mayor.
|Who wouldn't want to swim in the river?|
The General Store has been in operation since 1831. It carries a variety of candy, soaps, snacks, and antiques. It also has a porch swing in the center. Unfortunately it had no air conditioning. The Inmates got some candy and a postcard of Lucy Lou, the mayor, and a couple of those fortune telling fish I haven't seen in 30 years.
We piled back in the van, all of us looking a little worse for wear including the van herself. (She lost some of her magnetic flowers along the way and I'll have to order a new pack.) To keep the children happy and amused on the way home, Chester and the Inmates got into this discussion about what would happen if there were candy bars with weird names and someone went into a store to buy one. It went something like this:
THE PROFESSOR: What if there was one called "fat loser"?
CHESTER: Yeah, a guy would walk in and say, "I'm looking for a 'fat loser'." And the clerk would say, "What a minute. My son's in the back. I'll get him."
You get the idea. This went on and on...and on. It started off goofy, then turned crude, and by the time we reached home Foghorn was saying things that are unprintable. She was saying them loudly and insistently and right in Chester's ear, which led Chester to shout, "I'm gonna create a candy bar called 'kick the crap out of you!'" And on that note, camp ends.
NOTE: If you'd like to see additional photos of today's locations, please check out my blog post here and my Flickr account.
For more ideas for things to do in Cincinnati (and things to do with kids in Cincinnati), please check out the post below.
** Things to Do in Cincinnati
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