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daleeman
09-22-2010, 01:21 PM
Hocking Hills has a rich history. A unique geological area of Ohio formed by glaciers centuries before and honed to a perfect beauty by water, wind and sun.

This is a discovery thread to gauge the interest in gathering for a very cold, probable snowy shoot in the Hocking Hills Park Area. Initial thoughts are to rent out Fox Glove Retreat, it actually sleeps 16 people, large and spacious w/ kitchen, baths, bedrooms, hot tub for washing prints of course. http://www.foxglovelodge.com/

First thought was to wrap it into the weekend before Valentineís Day Feb 11-13 2011. Some real advanced commitment might be needed to make this happen and to split the cost of this place, but it would give us a shared are for viewing prints, group cooking, and a base camp for excursions to places like Rock House (my favorite) , Ash Cave, Old Manís Cave, Rock Bridge and many waterfalls. http://www.hockinghills.com/parks.html

We could also have some other date and or find separate cabins, hotel rooms or frigid ground pounding camping. Logan Ohio is 12 miles north of the area for hotels but there are close to 375+ cabins for rent in the Hocking area. More information here. http://www.hockinghills.com/index.html Look at lodging.

State Park website is here:
http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/parks/hocking/tabid/743/Default.aspx

So, we have some time. Iíll see about posting some of my photos from past trips there to entice one and all to join us. If we truly have enough interest we can go for a large gathering place like Fox Glove but we would need advanced reservations in place with deposit.

Until then lets adapt to the cold and mourn the loss of summer and meet in Detroit !!!

Sue and Lee

jp80874
09-22-2010, 01:50 PM
Sue & Lee,

Dolly and I are very interested. Have to check dates and understand financial commitment, but we are strongly interested.

John

daleeman
09-22-2010, 01:56 PM
Sue & Lee,

Dolly and I are very interested. Have to check dates and understand financial commitment, but we are strongly interested.

John

Free Snow Cones the Entire Weekend to all who participate.

Jeff Bannow
09-22-2010, 03:01 PM
Free Snow Cones the Entire Weekend to all who participate.

Sweet! I'm in then! :)

We would be interested as well pending details.

daleeman
09-23-2010, 07:07 AM
This is a wonderful option. This might be a nice place to base from, I've always wanted to stay here it has a stellar reputation.

http://innatcedarfalls.com/

The Inn at Cedar Falls has many accommodations, large gathering areas, an onsite restaurant (bit pricy) beautiful grounds and for the yuppie in all of usÖ its own spa treatment area. Good option.

Catch anyone fancy?

daleeman
09-23-2010, 07:32 AM
Hocking Hills has many state run cabins. These typically are $ 95 a night plus tax. They can sleep up to 6 people. The two bedrooms bath and living room kitchen area are nice, a bit 1970ish, but nice. There is also a screened in porch too. Between cabins 11 and 12 there is a fire ring and a pay phone. (Cells do not work in them there hills) Many trips to these cabins have happened over the years. The website says this about the cabins. One thing they do not say is there that the lodge is usually locked all winter. So no in park state restaurant.
 40 gas-heated, air-conditioned, family housekeeping cottages sleep up to six persons
 Each cottage has two bedrooms (one twin bed, one with two singles)
 Living room
 Bath with a shower
 Gas-burning fireplace
 Complete kitchen including microwave (pots, pans, cups, etc)
 Dining area
 Screened porch
 Free access to the swimming pool near the dining lodge for registered guests (right in Feb uh huh)

This might be the most cost conscious option and provide privacy and enough room in the kitchen living room area for people to gather to talk too. You have a real kitchen to prepare meals, coffee etc in, so that can save a lot.

http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/parks/parks/hocking/tabid/743/Default.aspx

I’d suggest if we choose this option that we pair up, or get your own cabin but we stick together and reserve each one ourselves by phone.

Lee

Jeff Bannow
09-23-2010, 07:39 AM
We're up for whatever, although cheap sounds good to me. Since the sun will set pretty early, having a place to gather and chat seems pretty important.

daleeman
09-23-2010, 07:40 AM
After a long day of shooting one may wish to go to the best food in the area if they did not cook int their own cabin. Hands down it is this place.

http://www.oldedutch.com/

One can graze till they burst. Its a 12 mile zig zag drive up and out of the park, with an antique store next to it a walmart down the street and such. I believe there is a Hotel or two up there. More to follow.

daleeman
09-23-2010, 07:44 AM
We're up for whatever, although cheap sounds good to me. Since the sun will set pretty early, having a place to gather and chat seems pretty important.

Jeff,
Your so right, the sun will set quick in the hills. Myself and many of my family have done the state cabins before, and having gathered in neighbors cabins many times. My daugher and I used to go every December for her birthday. Gathering about the fire ring with a 12 foot high wall of flame brings people out to socialize.

Jeff Bannow
09-23-2010, 07:45 AM
Jeff,
Your so right, the sun will set quick in the hills. Myself and many of my family have done the state cabins before, and having gathered in neighbors cabins many times. My daugher and I used to go every December for her birthday. Gathering about the fire ring with a 12 foot high wall of flame brings people out to socialize.

Sounds good to me!

winger
09-23-2010, 07:57 AM
I've heard great things about Hocking Hills and would love to shoot there (in any season). I won't know for awhile if I'd be able to make it for this gathering, but I sorta think that weekend is likely to be bad for me. Don't change it on my account 'cause I have no idea if I'd be able to make it any other weekend anyway. But I really want to! Hope you guys have fun!

daleeman
09-23-2010, 08:17 AM
Now here’s an option, one might consider

http://www.atbouldersedge.com/tipinew.htm

A TIPI in winter is an option although I doubt you get me in the solar shower in Feb. Maybe back when I was 19 years old and invincible.

CGross
09-23-2010, 08:41 AM
Lee, I am definitely interested. Not to far from me. I'll keep an eye this thread.

htimsdj
09-23-2010, 09:41 AM
This sounds like fun. We are going down to Hocking Hills in a few weeks for a long weekend, so I can scope it out and gather some ideas.

Jeff

TSSPro
09-23-2010, 10:54 AM
Man, that sounds like a fun trip. My South Carolina self wouldnt know what to do with all that snow, but I have never been against cold weather camping. I suppose that I will have to get accustomed fairly quickly since I made the move up to Illinois recently. I wish that I could make it. I know that I would have a hard time justifying the 8+hr drive.

daleeman
09-23-2010, 11:39 AM
I've heard great things about Hocking Hills and would love to shoot there (in any season). I won't know for awhile if I'd be able to make it for this gathering, but I sorta think that weekend is likely to be bad for me. Don't change it on my account 'cause I have no idea if I'd be able to make it any other weekend anyway. But I really want to! Hope you guys have fun!

Bethe,
We hope you can come. We have not met yet, but hope to in Hocking Hills. Very challenging since it will be a winter trip.
Lee

daleeman
09-23-2010, 11:43 AM
Lee, I am definitely interested. Not to far from me. I'll keep an eye this thread.

Certainly will enjoy you joining us. When you say not too far, where are you based?

We are in Dayton and have made day trips into Hocking Hills besides staying there for a weekend. If we leave at 5 AM ;-) we can be there at 8:00 or 8:30 easy when the light starts to show between the hills We will leave to drive home about 4 PM or so when the light slides behind some of the hills, depends where you are and what hill is is in your way. Lot of time in the car but always worth it.

Lee

CGross
09-23-2010, 02:31 PM
Certainly will enjoy you joining us. When you say not too far, where are you based?

We are in Dayton and have made day trips into Hocking Hills besides staying there for a weekend. If we leave at 5 AM ;-) we can be there at 8:00 or 8:30 easy when the light starts to show between the hills We will leave to drive home about 4 PM or so when the light slides behind some of the hills, depends where you are and what hill is is in your way. Lot of time in the car but always worth it.

Lee

Hi Lee, we briefly met up at John's the time before the the last outing.

I am just east of Cincinnati. Hocking has been on my radar for quite some time but just haven't made it there yet. Trying to do a fall trip. If you end up getting something on your schedule let me know.

Cody

daleeman
09-24-2010, 03:54 AM
This sounds like fun. We are going down to Hocking Hills in a few weeks for a long weekend, so I can scope it out and gather some ideas.

Jeff

Hi Jeff,

I remembered you said you were going there soon. How exciting. Scout the area and give us your assessment. I thought you mentioned you were staying in Logan, is that right? Let us know what you think.

Love to see what you capture out in the area. Seems like you may be lucky enough to be there in high fall time frame.
~Lee~

daleeman
09-24-2010, 03:57 AM
Hi Lee, we briefly met up at John's the time before the the last outing.

I am just east of Cincinnati. Hocking has been on my radar for quite some time but just haven't made it there yet. Trying to do a fall trip. If you end up getting something on your schedule let me know.

Cody

Certainly will Cody, all this buzz about the area has me looking at the calendar and looking for a time to drive down there to do a day trip. I'm going to try to go down on 10/16 for the day. Might see you then.
Lee