What. Some People Go to Ohio for Vacation

I took a couple extra days off work and visited my brother in Washington Court House, Ohio.  He works at a bacon factory, which is every bit of awesome that you’d expect.  He’s able to get bacon in any quantity, so long as it’s 36 pounds or more.  Which is to say, he’s a good guy to have at parties. The trip was inspired by a few factors: the first of which is that since I graduated last spring, I haven’t really taken any intentional time off.  I’m really lousy at vacations, so I decided to challenge it head on by signing up for something not-at-all related to my normal life.  For instance horseback riding. Anna and I drove up and got there Friday evening, and the horseback trip was scheduled for the morning.  By the time we woke, the weather was cold and rainy, and a curtain of gray Ohio-ness covered everything.  For some strange reason, we naively assumed that since the riding stable was an hour away, it couldn’t possibly be raining there.  And for once, our naivety paid off: it was in fact perfect at the riding stables.  We wandered through the Hocking Hills atop our fine steeds – mine was named Excalibur – and appreciated works of natural beauty.  We also appreciated that we had gotten well-behaved horses while some of the other people were riding horses with more colorful personalities. My brother and his wife only recently moved to Ohio, and that’s one of the other motivating factors of the trip.  I don’t get to spend much time with my siblings outside of the...