I love road trips in southern Ohio.
I enjoy looking at the barns. In parts of south central ohio, near the Ohio river, there are a lot of winding roads, surrounded by woods, and many old tobacco barns. The barns are generally very close to the road, signs of a very busy crop in the past.
There are also the quilt barns, very much present in Adams County, Ohio, and in our area as well. The barn quilt paintings began as a way of welcoming tourists, but now are popular in many areas of the United States.
I also love the beautiful barns in our state that were painted to reflect the Ohio bicentennial in 2003.
I especially love the delapidated older barns. It is shame to see them abandoned. I cannot help but imagine what the barns were used for when they were first built, especially the barns with a hay loft at the 3rd level. Perhaps a dairy barn?
Our modern metal pole barns will never become as weather-beaten as the 100-year old barns did, but they lack in abiance and character.
Are you a barn watcher too? I have been as far back as I can remember. Road trips etched in my mind as a child, almost as if the barns were the road markers. Beautiful.