A Morning Walk in Covington, Kentucky (Along the Ohio River)


My wife and I enjoyed a morning walk in Covington, Kentucky. We live in Newport, Kentucky and we walked about 15 minutes to get to the area shown in the photos below. As you’ll see, Covington is directly across the Ohio River from downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. Part of our walk was along Riverside Drive. In that area are historic homes and buildings, and seven bronze statues featuring Chief Little Turtle, John A Roebling, James Bradley (19th century Underground Railroad leader), Daniel Carter Beard, and others.

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A few weeks ago I also took these photos from Devou Park in Covington, showing the cities of Covington and Cincinnati, the Ohio River, and various bridges from up in the hills:

(Covington in the foreground; Newport, Bellevue, and Dayton, Kentucky in the background)

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We’ve Moved (to Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky)


I know I’ve been rather silent on this blog for a while. I apologize if it seems like I’ve been ignoring comments, and I hope to get caught up with them soon – and posting more regularly as well.

A big reason for my absence is that my wife, Jasmine, and I moved three hours (or so) south earlier this week. In June and July, we also made numerous day trips to Cincinnati for job interviews and then to secure our housing. All that while, I was working 45-50 hours a week at my regular job and tutoring on the side. I’ve already begun to work here at our new location, but it doesn’t look like my schedule should be as intense (and I pray it won’t be).

From Bowling Green, Ohio to Newport, Kentucky

Since August 2013 Jasmine and I were in Bowling Green, Ohio (about 25 miles south of Toledo) sot that she could finish a degree she previously started. Jasmine graduated in December, and it was just a matter of time before we moved from that small college town to a larger city. We’re not big fans of winter, so we were determined to head south, but we didn’t go too far. The Cincinnati area puts us about four hours away from our families in Canton, Ohio.

View of Cincinnati from Our Place

(The view of downtown Cincinnati from the back side of our apartment complex)

We now live in Newport, Kentucky, walking distance from downtown Cincinnati (via three bridges over the Ohio River), downtown Newport, and downtown Covington, Kentucky. We’re close enough to downtown Cincinnati to see and hear the fireworks every time a Reds player hits a home run.

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(Approaching Newport on the Levee from Monmouth Street; three blocks from where we live)

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(Taylor-Southgate Bridge Between Newport and Cincinnati)

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(That’s the Purple People Pedestrian Bridge over there.)

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(This is the I-471 bridge, which connects Newport and Cincinnati, but is not walkable.)

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(This is the I-75/I-71 bridge, which connects Covington and Cincinnati, and is also not walkable.)

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(This is the John A Roebling Bridge connecting Covington and Cincinnati – Credit: Wikipedia)

Bowling Green (and northwest Ohio in general) is so flat, but there are plenty of hills in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area:

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(Ravine Street, between the University of Cincinnati and downtown)

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(Mount Adams, overlooking downtown – Credit: Rant Lifestyle)

My wife really likes the more unique forms of public transportation, from the trolley (available along both sides of the Ohio River), to the streetcar (coming in September 2016), to the Ducks amphibian taxi:

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We took this picture last year of this same taxi in the water:

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Here are a couple of photos we took this week while approaching downtown:

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(from the north)

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(from the south)

…and these were taken while driving through downtown:

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Finally, here’s a photo of Findlay Market in an area just north of downtown known as Over the Rhine:

Over the Rhine

I’m interested in where my readers live as well. Please feel free to share something about your location in the comments below.

Day Trip to Cincinnati, Ohio and the Underground Railroad Museum


At the very end of last spring, on June 17th, my wife (Jasmine) and I made another day trip, this time traveling to Cincinnati, Ohio and back in one day. Cincinnati would normally be a 3-hour drive from where we live (Bowling Green, Ohio), but that day it took at least five hours due to a tanker leaking toxic chemicals and I-75 being shut down north of Dayton, Ohio. Just like we did on our day trip to Columbus, Ohio in May, we stopped for lunch at an African restaurant.

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In Columbus we had Somali food, which is East African, but in Cincinnati we tried some West African food at a Senegalese restaurant. Teranga Restaurant is on the north side of Cincinnati, and as one can see from their parent website the owners also run a grocery/supply store, a hair shop, currency exchange services, and a travel agency.

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From there we headed to downtown Cincinnati and visited the Underground Railroad Museum. If you visit Cincinnati, we highly recommend visiting this place. Free parking is available in front of the building, which is in a great downtown location near the Ohio River. The Underground Railroad Museum covers the history of the slave trade in America, and also shines the light on modern slavery around the world, including human trafficking, child labor, etc. It was a highly educational experience, and we could have learned/seen even more if we had more time. Here are some pictures from our visit to this museum:

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After spending time at the museum, we walked around the nearby parts of downtown Cincinnati.

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We then walked across a nearby bridge to Covington, Kentucky.

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(facing Covington, near the entrance to the bridge)

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(facing Cincinnati while on the bridge)

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(facing Covington)

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(facing toward Cincinnati on the left and toward Newport, Kentucky on the right)

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(facing Cincinnati)

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(Covington)

For those who appreciate unique forms of public transportation, the Cincinnati area features an amphibian taxi, the Newport Ducks. It runs along the Ohio River…

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…and on land:

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(Photo Source: Newport Aquarium)

After walking back to Cincinnati, we drove back over the bridge to Covington.

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(Another bridge from Cincinnati – Newport, Kentucky can be seen on the right side of the photo.)

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We then concluded our time in the Cincinnati area by driving over to Newport, Kentucky, just east of Covington.

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