|Welcome to Kelley's Island, Ohio|
|Portside Marina, Kelley's Island, Ohio|
|Portside Marina and view of Cedar Pointe|
|Meeting up with fellow Four Winns friends on Kelley's Island|
|Golf Cart rental is the way to travel on the island!|
|Kelley's Island Brewery|
|Amazing breakfast with a view at Kelley's Island Brewery|
A National Natural Landmark, the Glacial Grooves on the north side of Kelleys Island are the largest easily accessible such grooves in the world. From a walkway, footbridge and stairs you can look down on the immense grooves, which are 400 feet long, 35 feet wide and up to 10 feet deep, suggesting the tremendous power of the ice that formed them.
Of Devonian limestone, Glacial Grooves Geological Preserve contain marine fossils that are 350 to 400 million years old. They were scoured into solid limestone bedrock about 18,000 years ago by the great ice sheet which covered part of North America.
Glacial Grooves Geological Preserveis locally managed by the Ohio Department of Natural Resource's Lake Erie Islands State Park.
The grooves and the fossils preserved within were very cool to see, and we highly recommend a visit!
|Quick stop at the beach - Kelley's Island State Park|
Continuing our island exploration, we stopped at the State Park and finally at Inscription Rock. Excerpt from www.ohiohistorycentral.org:
Inscription Rock is located in Erie County on Kelleys Island. It is one of Ohio's most famous rock art sites. Pre-contact groups of North American Indian poples engraved more than one hundred designs onto a huge limestone boulder on the south shore of the island. The symbols are called "petroglyphs" from the Greek words for rock writing.
The precise age of these carvings is unknown. Based on the symbolism and the amount of weathering of the generally soft limestone, they probably are less than one thousand years old and so likely are the work of the the so-called "Late Prehistoric" period Sandusky culture, or the work of American Indian peoples living in the region during the period of European colonization.
The large boulders on the north and south shores of the island were dramatic landmarks for the American Indians who lived in the area. Marking the rocks with petroglyphs was one way of making a personal connection with the land.
Inscription Rock is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.