You can take your chances with Google/Yahoo driving
directions or you can print our map and directions
From Coshocton or Newark on State Route 16
When I went from being a city person to a country person, I realized I had to adopt a different perception of space. I was used to finding my way by perceiving objects around me planted on a grid, all in my mind of course, and getting where I wanted to go was a matter of unscrambling four choices of direction. All I had to be sure of was having seen the street signs.
I had a neighbor once originally from Idaho. I'm from West Virginia, and I was used to the shelter of high green hills all around, and to seeing sunlight appear behind them in the morning, but the sun not 'appearing' until mid morning, while at night, the sun went down behind the green mountains on the other side, and the light took another hour to dim. When I moved to my freshman college Dorm at the University of Cincinnati, I lived on the 21st floor, up in the *sky*. There were no hills anywhere to speak of...I felt naked as if perched on the roof of a fire tower!
When we moved to our farm here in 1979, I felt back home with the best of the shelter of West Virginia's hills, and the openness of Southeastern Ohio's broad vistas. You see, the hills aren't as steep here as they are in West Virginia, so it is not so costly to make them accessible! Yes, I thought I lived in the remote sticks until David from Idaho became my neighbor.
In one of our conversations, David mentioned how *cramped* he felt living here on Pert Hill Road, in the middle of civilization! I told him my perception was exactly the opposite! I love being sheltered in these hills, and then being able in 10 minutes to ascend to the top of our ridge and see our vineyard spread down the hill to the south, against the backdrop of pastures and woods on the ridges beyond. To Dave what was open to me and sparse was cramped and close and oppressive to him. He'd been used to driving 50 dry miles between towns with snow capped mountains towering beyond him as spatial orientation markers.
Another good friend has a farm in Hamlin, West Virginia. Hamlin is the hometown of Chuck Yeager. It is also only 25 to 30 miles as the crow flies from our hometown of St. Albans, but driving there from St. Albans takes a good hour. You drive along roads that hug the mountain edge on one side, open to a narrow valley (holler) drained by a muddy stream, with very thrifty homesteads perched just above the edge of flood plains. As you twist and turn, negiotiating the curvy roads, you can hardly see 50 yards ahead or behind you, and the hollers can be as little as 100 feet wide, as opposed to 100 miles wide.
So, if you grew up in Hamlin, Southeastern Ohio is a vast, empty plain...but if you come from Idaho, you are wedged about and cramped from every angle!
The point? Well, print the map and be prepared for some twists and turns...and let us know if our place is vast, or cramped, isolated or connected...and remember...
In the country, a road follows the landscape, and the direction and course was set long before transits and levels were packed in to map and engineer them. That's what happened in the flatlands just west of us. Here, a road can just as well twist south east and turn southwest on its way north. Suddenly high landmarks become directional reference points, as one moves about, he notices where he keeps seeing the sun, the moon, a tree in a field on the horizon...
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IT IS VERY LIKELY YOU WILL GET LOST IF YOU USE A YAHOO OR MAPQUEST MAP TO TRY AND FIND YOUR WAY HERE. THIS IS BECAUSE MAPQUEST AND YAHOO LIST OUR ROADS BY TOWNSHIP ROAD NUMBER, AND (YOU GUESSED IT!!), NONE OF THE ROADS AROUND HERE ARE MARKED BY TOWNSHIP ROAD NUMBER, SO.....
PRINT THE MAP HERE ON THIS PAGE, FOLLOW IT TO THE T, AND YOU'LL EASILY FIND YOUR WAY HERE, TUCKED INTO ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WOODED SETTINGS IN SOUTHEASTERN OHIO. AND, IN THE UNLIKELY CASE YOU BECOME MOMENTARILY LOST OR DISORIENTED BY OUR VERY SCENIC COUNTRY ROADS, REMEMBER GRANDPA'S SAYING
"Nothing worth doing is *easy*!!"