Who never stopped to see the colors of Athens?
Athens, this amazing city located along the Hocking River in the southeastern part of Ohio, is probable most known for its buildings, streets and old-styled places where the bobcats (the students) usually go to study or stay for a while between classes. Maybe, one can say that the best symbol of this place is its nature, surrounded by hills and oak trees; I would say that are all of them.
Who knows Athens once will never forget its bucolic scenario: buildings with red brick-walled walls, streets paved by blocks made in the factories of Hocking Valley, and a wonderful nature of trees, hills, river, squirrels, crows and bobcats (not the students, but the animal, the “Lynx rufus”. Fortunately, I never see one…).
Many people don’t know that the historical bricks which are part of the buildings in Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa are made in the bricks’ ovens of Nelsonville and others bricks’ factories located around the Hocking Valley region. In Athens, it is not different.
These genuine antique bricks fascinate everyone who cross the streets and, at least once, stops to see its characteristic colors and textures, that becomes more than orange, maybe red, when the light of the sun set hits them.
Who never did that? I guess, no one. But, who never once stopped to see the colorful trees having their leaves falling during the fall season? I would say again: I guess, no one.
In about three weeks in November, the city’s oak trees change the color of their leaves from green to red, yellow and even white, for then, fall and color the blocks of the streets. And then comes the winter of December…
Isn’t it part of a special environmental movie’s script? I would say no, because the scenario is wider. We can’t forget the beauty of the rugged hills covered with hardwood and pine, the rock shelters, springs, and animals living in the forests all around the county, or in the Wayne National Park.
And so, after the description above, answer the question: are Athens’ red brick-walled walls buildings and its block paved streets inserted in the natural covered hills, or is the beauty of the nature part of the city scenario? Don’t ask me. Stop by a while and see by your own. You will be impressed by this bucolic paint and after all will have the answer. I promise, You will never forget!