Pymatuning State Park and Dam

8/24/13 Saturday at Williamsfield, OH (Pymatuning Adventure Resort-ROD)

IMG_1605 IMG_1607 IMG_1610This was slated to be a wonderful sunny day, highs in the 70’s, so we wanted to just enjoy nature. First, though, John wanted to check out the Andover Library book sale. He had seen a sign some weeks ago, so we set about looking for it. When we turned back to go home, we spotted it! So glad, because he found 5 Louis L’Amour books, while I found 5 for myself: by Judi Picoult, John LeCarre and “The Bell Jar” by Silvia Plath.

With our desire to relax and enjoy nature in mind, we went to Pymatuning State Park, at the point where we’d enjoyed the Pymatuning Lake Fest (Elvis and Neil Diamond were there). On the way we saw an Amish buggy. John noted it ahead soon enough for me to get the camera ready and get these photos! When we got to the park, it was just plain empty of people. We were surprised since it was such a beautiful day. We asked the park lady we saw there why. She said it used to be a popular place for the teens to hang out, but no longer. Maybe because they don’t have a lot of sand beaches.




IMG_1581 IMG_1613She also said that the park on the Pennsylvania side was less urban, more rugged (thus more trails too) than on the Ohio side. She even offered to take a picture of us. Don’t I just have the longest neck and John the cutest smile? The Reservoir is behind us, but it made for a lot of back lighting, so we just had her take a close up. If you click to enlarge the map, our campground is located South, on the Ohio side, near where it says 41 Bay. The Causeway (the red line crossing the Reservoir, North of our campground) is just North of where we visited the Park first.





IMG_1625 IMG_1627 IMG_1628After talking with the park employee and walking around a bit, we went back to Miss Zanzibar for lunch, then drove South to the Dam (at the Southern End), that blocks the Shenango River, creating this Reservoir. It wasn’t very long before we were in Pennsylvania! The dam is earthen, built by the CCC during the Depression.












IMG_1631 IMG_1643 Gatehouse diagram IMG_1632 IMG_1634





The Gatehouse, on the North side of the Dam, controls how much water enters the Shenango River. The water is directed underground, beneath the Reservoir the dam to the river, where it comes out in a neat little spillway. They grew baseball size onions here, in the swamp, prior to damming it up, but a huge flood convinced them that a dam would be better than the swampland for onions.











Shenango River

Shenango River








IMG_1646 IMG_1648We looked for a site to relax in our camp chairs, on the shore near the gatehouse. I saw lovely water lilies, just growing naturally there, so I had to take a photo. This last shot is our view from our spot. That was the rest of our day – reading the books from the Andover Library book sale.

Because we had things we wanted to do Sunday morning, we went to church at 4:00 pm. They held the service in a hall (must need to renovate their church). I loved how, at the end, Father gave special commendations to the 3 women who led the singing, 2 of which played guitars. He also noted that the ushers were all wearing Hawaiian shirts, so that must mean that they’d come around for a second collection for a trip to Hawaii! He got a great laugh out of that!

Back home, we enjoyed our leftover meatloaf and fresh corn on the cob, then read! This was a beautiful day.

About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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