Journeys

Discovering Ohio – The Buckeye State

Moving abroad is such a valuable experience. You start over, learn new skills, you realize that material possessions do not equal happiness, and everything seems possible. I already had the experience in the Dominican Republic where I moved from Santo Domingo to Punta Cana. I can say it really changes you, because even if is in the same country with the same culture, everything is new to you.

Now, moving to a different country increases all these because is a different culture, and every culture has its clear distinctions on what is acceptable and what’s not. You get to experience everything for the first time and it sounds like an exciting new adventure but, unlike the tourists you’ll probably see around you, you are charged with errands and chores. You will have to figure it all out, over time.

A good way to do that is learning about the country or city you moved to. Continuing with my post  Sandusky – My New Home where I already shared a few highlights of the city where I’m living. My intention with this post is to take a step back to share briefly information about Ohio and its regions. This way you will understand future posts about guides, festivals, points of interest, etc.


Why The Buckeye State?

Is Ohio nickname due to the prevalence of Ohio Buckeye trees within the state’s borders. In 1953, the Ohio legislature designated the Aesculus glabra or the Ohio Buckeye as Ohio’s official state tree. The tree is called the Buckeye tree because its nuts resemble the shape and color of a deer’s eye. The buckeye tree is relatively common to Ohio, growing especially well along rivers and streams and in floodplains.

People commonly confuse the Ohio Buckeye with the Aesculus hippocastanum, or the horse chestnut. In addition, the Aesculus octandra, or the Yellow Buckeye, also grows in Ohio. It is closely related to the Ohio Buckeye, and it is difficult to differentiate between the two species.

 

Besides the state nickname, the Buckeye Tree has also provided Ohioans with other symbols. Ohio State University has adopted Brutus Buckeye as its mascot. Ohioans have referred to themselves as Buckeyes since at least the presidential election of 1840 when Ohio resident William Henry Harrison won the presidency. Harrison’s supporters carved campaign souvenirs out of buckeye wood to illustrate their support for their fellow Ohioan.

Source: Ohio History Central

Ohio is famous for

  • The Wright Brothers (airplanes), Thomas Edison,  and astronauts John Glenn and Neil Armstrong.
  • First Wendy’s restaurant was open in Columbus, Ohio.
  • The Rock and a Roll Hall of Fame.
  • The Ohio State University.
  • Buckeye football.

Ohio by Regions

This map is for reference only. All the information I will be posting will be focused on one region at a time, highlighting where to stay, eat, have fun, shop, and more.

I will start with Northwest because is the Region I’ve been exploring the most due to I live in Sandusky.

Ohio Helpful Resources:

Find out more in Ohio.org

Ohio’s different every time you travel because of the four distinct seasons. Stay tuned to continue reading about the area and trips ideas!

Until next post!

JB

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