Tuesday, May 12th, 2015
Hills had our attention for the morning, when Akhila, Eklavya and I explored
Ash Falls and the Old Man’s Cave. Who
wouldn’t be intrigued by a cave where an old hermit type guy spent years in a
hole. And who wouldn’t want to out under
a massive rock awning with acoustics so fine that concerts used to record and
staged under this beautiful and natural canopy.
the story goes about the hermit, who lived in a cave in this very insular area
in the depths of an Ohio gorge. A plaque
reads, “Old man caves derived its name from a hermit named Richard Rowe who
lived in the recessed cave of the gorge.
His family moved to the Ohio River valley around 1796 from the
Cumberland Mountains of Tennessee to establish a trading post. He and his two hound dogs traveled through
Ohio alone the Scioto River in search of game.
On a side trip up Salt Creek, he found the Hawking Hills region. Richard, and his hounds, lived out the rest
of their lives here in the cave.”
As the three
of us roamed this area, we could imagine ourselves spending days here, if not
years. Of course, at the end of the 18th
century, it was probably do-able. But
not today. Privacy would be interrupted
with tourists milling through.
contrast to such of hermit dreaming, we had been invited to the home of Hari,
an engineer from India, whose wife and two sons enjoy life in an upscale neighborhood
in Hudson. People came over to hear kirtan and a talk. I took the opportunity to speak on our guru,
Srila Prabhupada and his achievements in the world.
have a choice whether to live in a mansion, or a cave. But they should never forget the spiritual
Source be with you!