Ohio April 25 -26
for number of patents goes to....(the envelope, please) Dayton, Ohio!!!
Between the Wright Brothers and NCR Corp, they seem to think up a lot of
things here. Don't quote me on it but I think the guy who invented
pop top cans was a Dayton person too.
you'll find Canadian geese out for a stroll on the edge of the highway,
you'll also find bigger flying things at the United States Air Force Museum,
the largest air museum in the world and located at what used to be Wright-Patterson
Air Force Base, birthplace of such notable characters as: Alyce Cornyn-Selby.
Dayton's Art Museum has one of the most enviable sites of any museum--overlooking
one of the many moving waterways and looking architecturally very fine
from I-75. South of Dayton is one of the largest Indian mounds in
the United States, several stories high, now covered with grass and flowers,
located in a park. No one is exactly sure why the Mound Builders
did what they did but a sacred feeling surrounds them. My personal
favorite is the Serpent Mound located south and east of Dayton--it is breathtaking.
www.serpentmound.com might get
you there--go in morning or evening for the best light of this modernistic
is plenty to occupy you in Dayton, Ohio but my focus was on the WRight
B. Flyer, south of Dayton. Airplane enthusiasts (as quirky as car
enthusiasts) got together and built a reproduction of the Wright Brothers
first production airplane. It is beautifully displayed with a brother
plane that was made for a movie and is to the nth degree like an original.
Then there is the 1/3 (still quite large) that is used for parades
and features soft sculpture guys--Orville giving his dad, Bishop Wright,
a sample ride when the poor old guy was about 86. Which is also about
the average age of the charming crew that cares for all this and the
T Wright B Flyer staff car. Pictures of Seno with the plane and happy
Alyce in the pilor seat to arrive at this web site in a few days.
26 was the day Seno lost the connection with the Mother Ship. Howard
Clark and his truck turned west on I-70 while Alyce and Seno headed east
on I-70. Spent most of the day crossing Ohio but had to circle the
block in downtown Columbus to photograph a stunning bronze sculpture of
people playing with alphabet letters.
in Reynoldsburg, Ohio helped Alyce find the elusive Highway 40 that made
a jog and didn't bother to tell her. Such impudence! Why do
firefighters always seem to look like the Boy Next Door from any 50's movie?
They are a great part of the American landscape and they know EVERYTHING
if you are traveling and need info. They are almost as good as frunning
into an Australian--these people are walking encyclopedias of travel information.
the bridge into Wheeling, West Virginia and followed my printed internet
instructions for locating the only Hindu sacred place outside of India.
West Virginia? Sorry, folks, I can't make this stuff up! The
Palace of Gold, America's Taj Mahal is located way up in the hills off
Highway 88 (the road is like a series of 8-8-8-8-8-8) and above the green
and steep valleys. Poof, there you are, face to face with a temple
of Prabhupada with 30 tons of polished marble (all delivered to this hill
top by truck when it was only a dirt road!), massive copper lion statues,
stained and etched glass, and gold, gold, gold. Much of the structure
is coated inside and out with gold leaf. My tour guide was an always-smiling,
trickster-humored fellow from Russia. While Seno cooled in the parking
lot a couple from Chicago (originally from India) joined me for this Krishna
view of the sacred place with great humor.
tell you I wouldn't be surprised to see a magnificent temple of any kind
in Oregon but even this Russian Krishna found it still odd to find it in
West Virginia. From his account, getting all the marble up there
was easy compared to dealing with the entistry-is-not-our-top-priority
segment of American society.
clear and delicious day, Seno and I wandered down to the Temple Lodge and
I stayed for services. There's a small lake there with three gazebo
sort of structure that have onion-styled tops. A fire hose fountain
sprays hundreds of gallons of water in spigots in the middle. The
edges have dieties, two cows and a life-sized elephant. Totally enchanted
and totally in a state of "I-don't-want-to-drive-all-the-way-down-right-now"
I asked and was granted a room at the retreat center. Enjoyed the
drumming, chanting and dancing very much--everyone seems to have the same
interesting sense of humor as the Russian. Have to be on your toes
with these people. And when asked, how did you find out about Prabhupada's
Palace of Gold, the correct response is "Krishna sent me."
this morning to a full moon shining in my window and ice crystals on Seno's
car cover. I video'd the scene and said, "Now I can say I've had
real West Virginia moonshine."
is the magic I came for.