Hocking Hills State Park is located about 60 miles southeast of Columbus, OH. It is a series of non-contiguous natural areas, many of which are beautiful alcoves and overhangs carved into shale and sandstone. The result is impressive waterfalls, gorges and vistas. We camped at the Top O’ The Caves campground. From there we were able to hike to Ash Cave, Cedar Falls and to the most popular spot in Hocking Hills, Old Man’s Cave.
We visited here on our car road trip back in January 2014, just over two years ago. This time we revisited some places and checked out some new ones. We stayed at a relatively new RV park on the southeast side of San Antonio, Green Lake RV Resort. It’s a really nice park with a small lake in the middle and very good facilities.
From Liverpool, we took to the air and flew on Ryanair from Liverpool John Lennon Airport to Cork, Ireland. Cork (pics), in the south of Ireland in County Cork, is considered Ireland’s “second city”. It sits along the River Lee with the city center actually occupying an island with the river split around it. This island center is compact and very walkable with a mix of narrow pedestrian lanes.
The city of Turin (pics) played host to the 2006 Winter Olympic Games. My guidebook says that the event was very successful and brought a building boom to the city including a new Metro system. Since then they have hosted numerous conferences and exhibitions. You can see some of the results of these efforts yet an excess of graffiti seems to plague many areas.
The Portland Saturday Market is the longest continuously operated outdoor market in the United States, now in its 41st year. The market is available every Saturday and Sunday from March until Christmas, in the Tom McCall Waterfront Park alongside the Willamette River in the Old Town section of Portland.
The Saturday market is an arts, crafts and food market with over 250 exhibitors. Among the ready to eat food booths all of the major food groups are represented: Greek, Thai, BBQ, burgers and fried dough.