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A Day At Ash Cave With The Kids

On Wednesday there was an outing in the Hocking Hills at Ash Cave for the kids involved in the Ohio Virtual Academy, so of course Nessa and Izze and my nephew Montana and Izze’s Learning Coach, Shannon and I drove up from Meigs County to the Hocking Hills for a lovely day in the woods and a chance to meet our online teachers in the flesh as well as some of the local kids that are in the program. Now, I’ve been to Old Man’s Cave a number of times but I had never been to Ash Cave before. Beautiful… simply beautiful.

Here’s a little foto gallery:

The parking lot where we meet some of the families

The parking lot where we meet some of the families

On the walk to the cave

On the walk to the cave

What a beautiful place!

What a beautiful place!

Ash Cave

Ash Cave

Not bad, eh?

Not bad, eh?

More perfection!

More perfection!

Nessa at the Cave

Nessa at the Cave

The land time forgot

The land time forgot

Don't forget to duck your head

Don't forget to duck your head

A place in the universe

A place in the universe

One great shot after another...

One great shot after another...

Pool in the mist

Pool in the mist

We're on the upward trail... singing, singing

We're on the upward trail... singing, singing

Bridal veil?

Bridal veil?

Ice stalagmites

Ice stalagmites

What a sound...

What a sound...

The trail back to the truck...

The trail back to the truck...

What a glorious day.

Yesterday, Myron and I drove up to Newburg, N.Y. for a gig in Beacon tonight at the Town Crier Cafe. It’s nice to be playing music again, but somehow, on some days… nature just rules!

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  1. carlo pagliano
    March 28th, 2014 at 12:29 | #1

    I want to emigrate. Every one blessed day it’s Jorma’s day in USA. Hundreds of Concerts a year, dozens a month, three to four a week. Desertic zone round here in these days.
    Jorma-mat helps though.
    Steady As She Goes Jorma!

  2. Barbara Jacobs
    March 28th, 2014 at 13:27 | #2

    This photo series is dazzling in its beauty!

  3. carlo pagliano
    March 28th, 2014 at 14:40 | #3

    Rock Them High Tonight Jorma!

  4. Hamneggs
    March 28th, 2014 at 19:31 | #4

    Kove All Ways

  5. mikie
    March 28th, 2014 at 19:56 | #5

    Next time you’re up that way, try Cedar Falls, too. Lots of steps but the valley floor is spectacular. m

  6. Rob
    March 28th, 2014 at 20:09 | #6

    Looks like a Nice day to reconnect with Mother Nature and of course any time your with your children and the loves of your life it puts it over the top. See you tomorrow night in Brooklyn for the fund raiser, really appreciate what your doing for all the folks who need some assistance in life. And yes my son Robert Hunter (10 1/2) will finally meet you. Better watch out he might ask Izzy on a date in the near future. Safe travels my friend and we’ll see you tomorrow.

  7. Kate Sullivan
    March 28th, 2014 at 21:45 | #7

    “Glor or or or or or ia In Excelsis Deo”

  8. carlo pagliano
    March 28th, 2014 at 22:47 | #8

    Bach & Vivaldi exalted the glory of Heaven. Jorma glorifies rocking indeed.

  9. pete
    March 29th, 2014 at 03:41 | #9

    Hocking Hills at Ash Cave to newburg another world great pictures

  10. bruce
    March 29th, 2014 at 06:34 | #10

    wow,i’l love to visit that place…i was born up there but have no memory of it…great pics..

  11. John B
    March 29th, 2014 at 09:37 | #11

    Carlo I was at the Ranch for Marty and I saw a picture in the Psylo of Papa John. It was done by a young lady with the same last name as yours. Any relationship ?

  12. johno
    March 29th, 2014 at 09:47 | #12

    Spectacular. Reminds me of my trips to Watkins Glen up in the finger lakes region. Waiting for T Rex to come out one those caves.

  13. Barbara Jacobs
    March 29th, 2014 at 17:51 | #13

    Kate: Very cool, creative, quality comment!@Kate Sullivan

  14. Barbara Jacobs
    March 29th, 2014 at 17:58 | #14

    All Americans’ ancestors came here from elsewhere in the world.
    Paglianos can be found in many cities in the USA.
    However, if you provide a first name of that artist, maybe Carlo can check his family-tree to see if that artist is from Carlo’s line of Paglianos.@John B

  15. Sharon Mushock
    March 29th, 2014 at 18:20 | #15

    WOW! I am impressed, love these photos… love nature. This place looks amazing!

  16. carlo pagliano
    March 29th, 2014 at 19:45 | #16


    Rock Them High Tonight Jorma!

  17. March 30th, 2014 at 11:08 | #17

    The painting in the Gallery mentioned is indeed painted by Carlo’s daughter, Rosa.

  18. johno
    March 30th, 2014 at 13:27 | #18

    Happy Birthday Vanessa!

  19. Barbara Jacobs
    March 30th, 2014 at 15:10 | #19

    Another in a long line of Carlo’s creative Pagliano family.

    Happy Birthday.@Vanessa

  20. bob b.
    March 30th, 2014 at 16:05 | #20

    ‘ PLAS-TIC FAN-TAS-TIC’ Truly March Madness

    Your Pal

  21. Barbara Jacobs
    March 30th, 2014 at 17:17 | #21

    Do you live in Bay Ridge (or Bay Ridge-adjacent: Bensonhurst, Park Slope)?

    Bay Ridge is a very civic-minded community and very concerned about the well-being of children and adults.
    Jorma might write a blog-post about the Benefit and then the organization will get world-wide attention.

    There’s always a Benefit, of some kind or other, happening in Bay Ridge:
    on March 22, 2014: the anti-hunger charity, “One Sandwich at a Time; held its monthly sandwich-making event at St. John Church Parish Hall.
    It was two hours of volunteers making sandwiches which are then boxed and delivered to local shelters and food pantries.
    After that, there was a performance by the Mississippi Gulf Coast College Choir, an 80-person singing group (they also made sandwiches before their performance).@Rob

  22. John B
    March 31st, 2014 at 09:15 | #22

    Thanks Vanessa.

  23. johno
    March 31st, 2014 at 09:48 | #23

    It’s been a long time since I saw Jorma without Jack. Well, let me say here you worked the crowd beautifully last night in Riverhead and brought the crowd down when you closed with a heart felt ‘Genesis’. My thanks to you and Barry for coming to eastern LI for another kick ass show. Love you man.

  24. Rob
    March 31st, 2014 at 16:58 | #24

    Yes Barbara, I use to live in Bay Ridge, I now live down on the Jersey Shore. What a benefit show it was Sat Night @ OLPH. Bill Kirchen opened with an hour long set, then Jorma & Barry for close to 2 1/2 hours. Great music and the second set included “Trial by Fire”, Watersong & Embryonic… What a show!

  25. Barbara Jacobs
    March 31st, 2014 at 21:42 | #25

    Yes, I know and heard that it was a great show.
    It seems that I was keeping a secret that wasn’t actually secret.
    But, if Jorma wanted to talk about it in advance of the show, he would have done so, here on his blog.
    Jorma might still post a blog about the Benefit. Meanwhile, I’m enjoying these fantastic photos on this blog-post.

    You and I are The Guild of Exceptional secret-keepers! LOL!

  26. Rob
    April 1st, 2014 at 10:46 | #26

    Yes, it was a very well kept secret, 500 tickets were sold with the understanding that if the show became public knowledge it would threaten the show itself. A wonderful job by the Racoon Lodge for promoting the show along with all the volunteers, as well as 3 great musicians who were very flexible and obliging for a great cause.

  27. John B
    April 1st, 2014 at 13:43 | #27

    A friend of mine living in California emailed me and asked if I was going to the secret Jorma show.

  28. Barbara Jacobs
    April 1st, 2014 at 13:47 | #28

    Yes, it was a limited-seating situation. Nobody wants hordes of Jorma fans to
    storm the doors. I would have gone to the show, just to see Kirchen.
    I was only willing to tell “hamneggs” about it, because he’s a teacher and such a big Jorma fan (and, I thought that he lives in Brooklyn. He works so hard at his job and does so much to help kids).

    I didn’t even tell my omelette.

  29. Barbara Jacobs
    April 1st, 2014 at 14:07 | #29

    Oh, so that’s how you knew about it!
    It was a secret that somehow spread, coast-to-coast>
    So, I could have told my omelette about it. Even if my omelette only told my green tea and my green only told my toast; the secret would not have travelled
    from my breakfast plate.

    With such a big turn-out, I would think that maybe next time, that Benefit could be held in a bigger venue or on a two-nighter.

    It’s so counter-intuitive to me, to know that so much more money could have been raised for that great cause, and keep a secret that wasn’t actually a real secret.
    I do know that all of Bay Ridge knew about it and quite a few of the people there had no idea who Jorma is. Maybe that’s a good thing, because now they know. They went, saw and heard.
    @John B

  30. Hamneggs
    April 1st, 2014 at 17:50 | #30

    thanks Barbara
    Love All Ways
    @Barbara Jacobs

  31. April 1st, 2014 at 18:01 | #31

    @John B
    I wonder who that could have been

  32. Hamneggs
    April 1st, 2014 at 18:05 | #32
  33. Hamneggs
    April 1st, 2014 at 18:08 | #33

    Finally found some bread crumbs but none of my tears in this water.lol
    Love All Wayts

  34. Barbara Jacobs
    April 1st, 2014 at 20:02 | #34

    Was it you, Doug?
    How did you find out?@doug mlyn

  35. Barbara Jacobs
    April 1st, 2014 at 20:10 | #35

    That’s tasty.
    I didn’t even know it was a Racoon Lodge production.
    (I always thought that “the Racoon Lodge” was a place where Ralph Cramden went on “The HoneyMooners”, or was it Norton?).

    I’m going to show that link to my omelette, tomorrow morning.

    This has to have been a non-secret. (and I was worried that I shouldn’t reveal anything, even my own limited info.) @Hamneggs

  36. johno
    April 1st, 2014 at 20:36 | #36

    meant “brought the house down”

  37. John B
    April 2nd, 2014 at 09:59 | #37

    Secret or no secret I thought that it was an outstanding performance. Jorma was superb and it was good to see Barry again. Both Norton and Ralph were card carrying members of the Raccoon Lodge . woooo !

  38. April 2nd, 2014 at 11:00 | #38

    @Barbara Jacobs
    I found out through a friend of mine on Facebook. Coincidentally I was in the New York area just for the weekend to unveil my Dad’s tombstone in the poconos. I would have liked to have gone, but being I was only in for a few days, I thought It would be better to spend time with family. Glad everyone had a good time for a worthy cause.

  39. John B
    April 2nd, 2014 at 19:02 | #39

    It was Doug that spilled the beans !

  40. cyndy consentino
    April 9th, 2014 at 23:57 | #40

    Dear Jorma,

    Thanks for sharing these amazing pictures!!

    The show at the Raccoon Lodge was pretty amazing too!! Thanks,

    Best to you and yours,