Hocking Hills State Park – Logan, Ohio (July 2009)

My latestTITAN USA road tripwas relatively short compared to most that I have completed over the past few years. One of the stops was in Logan, Ohio a small town in the southern Hocking Hills region of the state. The town is relatively small that has yet to be fully taken over by the typical US box stores and restaurant chains (although there is a spot on the highway with a Walmart, so I assume that others will follow).

Small water falls at Hocking Hills Park

In this area they boast about the national parks, geology and history, such as found within Hocking Hills State Park.

Within the Hocking Hills park are several spectacular features based around rock formations, including Old Man’s Cave (a narrow, deep gorge, with many waterfalls), Cantwell Cliffs (a broad gorge at the head of a hollow with a unique stone stairway) and Ash Cave / Cedar Falls (large rock caves with water falls.

The deep gorges and high cliffs result from the erosion-resistant “Blackhand Sandstone” that extends well in to the north east of Hocking Hills. There are an abundant amount of uncommon and even rare plants, including plants that are outside their normal range. Like most State Parks this one has an abundant amount of visitors that stay at many of the almost 200 various campsites in the area.

Like most of my TITAN road trips, I cover a broad geography in a short time, off witch does not allow much time to fully explore. However judging from what little time I was able to spend here, I thought it was a pretty scenic area, very rural or back country style with several scenic nature trails allowing a person to step back from the everyday hustle and bustle (The geology is always a bonus too).

Certainly worth a stop if you are ever in this area and perhaps I will come back here some day to do some camping and hiking myself.


TITAN Cross Country Road Trip 4 (July 2009)

Road Trip # 4

TITAN Cross Country Road Trip # 4

Start Location: Ottawa, Ontario

End Location: Houston, Texas

States / Provinces Crossed:

– 8 states: New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Texas

– 1 province: Ontario

Places stayed or visited: Syracuse NY, Cleveland OH, Logan OH, Lexington KY, Louisville KY, Little Rock AK, Houston TX

Approximate Distance: 3160 km

Duration: 7 days
Although this may have been my shortest road trip since I started traveling with the Terrapoint Titan mobile LIDAR system we still crossed through eight states and 1 province along about a 3160+ kilometer journey in seven days (with only 1 speeding ticket! … and no it wasn’t mine either…). Unlike most of the previous road trips, there was only one official stop along the way. It was just outside Hocking Hills State Park in Logan, Ohio but the main focus was to bring the system to our Houston office for future jobs in that region.

Besides the short hike at the Hocking Hills State Park, this trip didn’t allow any time to partake in many interesting stops (I was hoping to get to stop in Lynchburg, Tennessee to take a Jack Daniel’s Distillery Tour or visit the Clinton Presidential Library while stopping in Little Rock but that didn’t work out) so this time I have little things to mention besides the numerous typical truck stops for gas and coffee refills. It was mostly interstate driving with a short country side detour through Ohio and Kentucky (from Logan OH to Lexington KY).

Maybe on the next trip will be a little more exciting …


Grand Canyon National Park (Nov 2008)

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One of our non work related stops on the 2008 TITAN road trip was at the famous Grand Canyon National Park in the state of Arizona. Most people know of the Grand Canyon due to it’s picturesque scenery and remarkable landscapes. Therefore it has become a popular tourist destination in the western United States with a range of activities such as camping and hiking for many years and one of the must see places in the USA.

A place like this is really hard to put into words because it is one of those rare places that you really need to visit yourself in order to really appreciate it.

The canyon itself is the result of a massive rift that exposes both Proterozoic and Paleozoic strata. It has a steep sided gorge that was carved out by the Colorado River
over a six million year span, it is about 446 km long with variable widths ranging from 6 to 29 km and depths reaching over 6000 feet.

The Grand Canyon National Park is unlike any others in the world, although it is not the deepest canyon in the world it highly recognized for its overwhelming size and colorful landscape.

Geologically it is significant (especially to people like myself with a Geology education) because of the thick sequence of ancient rocks that are beautifully preserved and exposed in the walls of the canyon. These rock layers record much of the early geologic history of the North American continent.

The part of the Park that we visited is called the Desert View Drive located along the east entrance to the park. Located here are a few buildings including a restaurant, book store, gift shop and the Desert View Watchtower.

It was constructed in 1932 as a replica of a prehistoric Indian tower and offers a magnificent view of the Grand Canyon from the observation deck located on top of it. As you enter the structure you walk into the gift store (largest room of the building) where they offer a wide range of souvenirs. Directly above the gift shop on the roof of this part of the structure is an outdoor observation deck.

As you continue upwards in the seventy-foot tower on the spiral stairs, you notice the walls on the inside of the tower feature many murals painted on the walls with several tiny windows letting in a minimal amount of light which helps provide a cave like, mystical atmosphere.

The unfortuante part was that I only had an few hours to visit so could not go on any of the many recomended hikes or other typical tourist like activities (like the Glass Sky Walk that extends out over the canyon). I hope some day to return maybe with my kids so they to can come appreciate this historic landmark.