Sunday, June 17, 2018

Haven’t We Seen You Somewhere Before?

By Ruth A. Ringelstetter

In the middle of our spring trip to southern Ohio in 2012, we made our way to the historic town of Shawnee.


As is usual for us, we were on the backroads for too long, and it was past lunchtime when we got into town. But, as is also usual, after a local told us they did have a town park and where it was located, we couldn’t stand to drive past anything on our way. We decided we could wait just a little longer to eat, and to photograph our way to the park down one street. And, after lunch, we would come back up the next street photographing our way back.


When we arrived at the park, there was a playground area, with two small children playing, and their mothers nearby at a picnic table with a baby in a stroller.

We drove on past and went to a shelter further down the road. We got our food out of the cooler and headed to a picnic table. We built our sandwiches and fixed a quick side dish and began to eat.


And then we saw the two young ones from the playground equipment heading our way. They came over and said hello, and then climbed up onto the picnic table and started chatting away.

They told us how hungry they were and that they weren’t allowed to go home until their mothers said they could. They kept chatting away, asking us questions, but they kept emphasizing how hungry they were.


Soon, the mothers gathered their things and came over to collect the kids. They said they hoped they weren’t bothering us and we told them they were no trouble, but they were hungry. They laughed, and said they were heading for home.

After they left, we finished our lunch and packed up the car. Then we headed for downtown to see what other historical things we could find.


Down the road from the park, we could see the mothers and children up ahead walking towards home, and Joann couldn’t resist putting the window down and calling out “Haven’t we seen you somewhere before?” They laughed, we laughed, and we each headed on our way.


There was a lot to see in this small town, and you’ll find out more about that in a future blog, but suffice it to say, we still had several hours of photographing in town. When we thought we were finally finished, we started to head out to the highway. But then we noticed an old brick building that we knew we had to capture before we left.


Joann got out and was setting up her equipment, when a van went slowly past on the road we had just left. Someone rolled the window down and shouted, “Haven’t we seen you somewhere before?” and then everyone in the car laughed. Joann started to laugh as well. It was the two ladies from the park with their children.

After wishing each other a good day, they drove on, and Joann finished up her photographing. Finally we hit the highway and were on our way.


I hope someday we end up near Shawnee again. It was an interesting, historic town, and I’m sure we didn’t find everything. Plus, you never know who you’ll meet.

Happy Shunpiking!
Ruth

Sunday, June 10, 2018

A New Way to Shunpike with Us

By Joann M. Ringelstetter

For those of you who follow this blog and are not in our Facebook friends list, we want to let you know that we recently released a new Facebook page called Shunpiking to Heaven – Photography by Joann M. Ringelstetter.


We will continue to post to this blog two or three times each month, but we will post to the Facebook page two or three times each week. These posts will feature one photo and the text will be short and sweet. The posts will be about shunpiking on the backroads, historical and rural architecture, nature and wildlife, and whatever else we get ourselves into!


Each week, there will be at least one Feature Day. Magical Mondays will feature photos and experiences that feel magical to us.


On Tombstone Tuesdays, we will share interesting gravestones and cemeteries we have found in our travels.


Wild Wednesdays will feature photos and stories from our natural world, along with any “wild” adventures we get ourselves involved in.


On Thankful Thursdays, we will tell you about all the things and experiences that make us thankful.


Forgotten Fridays will feature deteriorating and abandoned structures and anything else that seems to have been forgotten.


And on Shunpikin’ Saturdays, we will share photos of things you might see while shunpiking on the backroads.


We are also planning a poetry corner, a history corner, a humor corner, and many other types of posts.


If you’re on Facebook and would enjoy seeing shorter, more frequent posts, in addition to these longer stories, we hope you’ll follow us on our Shunpiking to Heaven – Photography by Joann M. Ringelstetter Facebook page.

Happy Shunpiking!
Joann

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Monday, May 28, 2018

Happy 170th Birthday, Wisconsin!

By Joann M. Ringelstetter

May 29th is considered Wisconsin’s birthday because that is the day, in 1848, that Wisconsin was admitted to the Union as the 30th state.


Ruth and I, along with our siblings, grew up in the great state of Wisconsin on a dairy farm, milking Holstein cows. Wisconsin is known as America’s Dairyland because it is one of the nation's leading dairy producers and is famous for the quality of the cheese produced here.


Wisconsin is also known for its cranberries. Sixty percent of the nation’s cranberries are produced here and the world’s largest cranberry festival is held each September in Warrens, Wisconsin.


The state wildlife animal is the white-tailed deer.


The state insect is the honeybee.


The state grain is corn.


And the state bird is the American Robin.



What I love most about Wisconsin is the beautiful change of seasons, with my favorite being autumn. And, of course, I love to hit the backroads of Wisconsin for some peaceful shunpiking whenever the mood strikes me!


Happy Birthday, Wisconsin, and Happy Shunpiking!
Joann