Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Ohio Caverns

Several months ago I realized that my kids had never seen caverns. So as a day trip this summer we went to Ohio Caverns. It is fifty miles west of Columbus.

We picked a beautiful, partly cloudy day for our trip. The driving was easy and it was an opportunity to drive my wife's new car.

Since we had a twenty minute wait after getting our tickets, we ate a small picnic lunch. Then we enjoyed the hour-long guided tour through the caverns.

The path to the entrance was a sloping, looping sidewalk. Inside the caverns it was cool, dark, and damp. The temperature inside is a constant 54 degrees. A nice respite from the summer heat.

The narrow path took us past limestone stalactites and stalagmites, outcroppings of iron oxide, and exposed veins of flint.

The caverns were the prettiest I had seen. It was a very nice excursion and a wonderful way to spend the day as a family.

Patio Refinishing

I have a stamped concrete patio that's been neglected for twenty years (by me). Its color had faded from bright red to a spotted pink-and-gray mess.


After researching several options, I settled on using Surecrete Eco-Stain and HS 240 Acrylic Sealer. The first color coat was Kayak, followed by a coat of Oak. Once that was dry, the sealer was sprayed on.

Here are the photos.

Plastic sheet to protect the house and deck

First coat: Kayak

Second coat: Oak

Sealed with HS 240