Author Archives: Bob Benz

Tale of two trails …

After hiking Hickory Trail, which hugs the southern shore of Dow Lake, I set off yesterday to try Lakeview Trail, which tracks the northern shore, including a long leg that circumnavigates Pine Cove. What a contrast. While Hickory Trail was … Continue reading

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Next stop, Nelsonville …

One of my goals this summer was to ride the entire Hockhocking Adena Bike Path from Athens to Nelsonville. I figured it would take several weeks before I attempted it, but during my ride yesterday I felt great when I hit … Continue reading

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Hickory Trail: A great place to start

For my first hike of the season, I decided to ride my bike out to the dam at Dow Lake and then hike up into Stroud’s Run State Park. I’ve been there several times and always vowed to spend more time … Continue reading

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Getting back in step after a listless winter

After the spring semester ended, one of my goals was to get back in shape. Or at least back to the weight I carried when I arrived in Athens last June. Jackie O’s incredible beers have taken a toll on me … Continue reading

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Athens, Ohio: A love story

You’re not gonna get to Uber in Athens … A First World problem, to be sure. But losing our favorite urban car service is one of the numerous concerns my wife, Lara, and I have as we discuss our impending move … Continue reading

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My next gig: teaching at Ohio University’s Scripps School of Journalism

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be the Scripps Howard Visiting Professional at Ohio University for the upcoming academic year. Some of the proudest moments of my journalism career came under the Scripps banner. Spending a year at OU teaching … Continue reading

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Brutalism in context

  Loved this contrarian contextual ad along the right rail of  Kriston Capps’ most excellent defense of Brutalism on CityLab. by

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Builder goes big …

Great to see Builder win the Magazine of the Year award in the American Society of Business Publication Editors’ Azbee Awards. Congrats to everyone who made this happen. Despite all the change that was happening at Hanley Wood through 2013, … Continue reading

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Labatt’s, the Dead and the 1990s …

  Boogie’s daughter, Kim, texted me this photo she found among her mother’s things. I’m thinking this is early ‘90s, after we moved to Albuquerque. That’s a Labatt’s in my grimy paw and some sort of Grateful Dead homage. by

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General Logan in the snow

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