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Cahokia

Let me wrap up the trip that my son and I made out west. After leaving Great Basin National Park we headed straight home. We did make one short stop, though, at the Cahokia Mounds across the Mississippi from St. Louis.

I’ll have one more post about this trip where I reflect on trying to do the whole thing barefoot and not really succeeding.

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Glenford Fort

On Saturday I was privileged to participate in a program to visit Glenford Fort in Perry County. It wasn’t much of a hike (with an easy 200-foot ascent to the top of a hill), but it was a great chance to view an ancient hilltop enclosure

While the registration information for the program stressed “sturdy hiking shoes are a must,” I went with the sturdiest kind of footwear I know. (Barefoot.)

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Hopewell Moonset

Sunday and yesterday were two of the scheduled open houses at the Octagon of the Newark Earthworks. What that means is that the golf course on the site is closed and the folks of the Newark Earthworks Center put on tours for the public of the site. These are always interesting and fun—I always learn something new every time I go.

This was also a very interesting time, almost, to be there.

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Hopewell Moon

A rather special time regarding the moon is fast approaching. It is something called the Minor Lunar Standstill. The Earthworks in Newark, Ohio, within the Licking River valley are attuned to the lunar cycle, and that means some interesting opportunities are occurring as the moon aligns with Earthworks.

But I’m going to need to explain.

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The Ohio Ahistorical Society

Folks may remember from last summer (a year ago) that I had a bit of a dilemma deciding whether to renew my membership in the Ohio Historical Society. I’d been a member for 10 years, but they’d made a recent change.

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There are a number of places in Ohio where the rivers run “backwards”. I’ve written about Clear Creek and Salt Creek. Their current configurations came about when their original outlet was blocked by glaciers and they carved a new route in the other direction.

Blackhand Gorge, through which the Licking River flows, is another such location.

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A World Heritage Celebration

Yesterday evening there was a fine celebration in Newark, home of the Newark Earthworks, the remaining portion of a 2000-year old mound complex.

The occasion was a visit by members of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma.

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