Road Trip Entry #12- American Heartland

“The heartland lies where the heart belongs to be.” (Vera Nazarian)

It’s time to head south for home in South Florida as Ruth and I both miss seeing our families. So sticking to our schedule, the final stop of this 2021 summer road trip would take place with an enjoyable three day visit at Ohio’s state capital of Columbus. Finding a newly renovated townhouse Air B&B unit within the cobblestones boundaries of quaint German Village south of downtown appeared to be a good choice at this “winding down” portion of this trip. For at this pedestrian friendly setting removed from the surrounding city bustle, we found ample time to leisurely stroll around, rest up a bit, and indulge in several homemade meals at a nearby authentic German restaurant.

As one who grew up in a small Midwestern town south of Cleveland, you might say that my “home-struck” heart” for Ohio memories of my childhood strongly “kicked in” as well during this Columbus visit. That would certainly require feeding my passions for animal behavior, competitive sports, and wild nature. For I definitely wanted to share quality time with Ruth amid such lifelong passions during three excursions to the Columbus Zoo, Ohio State University and Franklin Nature Conservancy/Botanical Gardens on this visit. Thank you for following our travels during the last five weeks of our summer road trip, We hope to be back on the American highways for our next westerly adventure in the fall. Enjoy the photos.

A front view of our Columbus,Ohio Air B&B townhouse.
We enjoyed several hearty meals at Schmidt’s Restaurant in the German Village vicinity.
During our afternoon visit to the Columbus Zoo, we observed with great interest the natural behavior of “Silverback” gorillas at the African pavilion.
At Ohio State University, I took a curious walk around the perimeter of the historic football stadium. .
The indoor garden collection at Franklin Park Conservatory featured a beautiful collection of Chihuly glass designs.

5 thoughts on “Road Trip Entry #12- American Heartland

  1. Usfman, I am happy that you enjoyed the “German village”. On the plate I see tasty German meals “Schnitzel mit Rotkohl und Speckpüree” on the other “Frikadelle mit Käse in einem Laugenbrötchen”.
    I love it!
    We live in the “Bergisches Land”, near the city of Cologne. We like to eat here:
    “Plaaten in de Pann”: Coarse sausages are fried and covered with thinly sliced ​​potatoes. With a lot of cream and marjoram, the dish is pushed into the oven, where it develops a spicy aroma.
    Greetings from the beautiful Rhine-Highlands / Germany…
    Rosie 😊

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  2. Hi Rosie:

    My wife Ruth and I have visited your lovely city several times. We love the walkable city center and especially the old cathedral. It’s not easy to find a fine German meal like this where we live in South Florida. Stay well. USFMAN

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