Oh Ohio!

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Our one or two nights in Ohio, has increased three fold. Our objective was to meet up with Sarah, our “borrowed daughter”. She recently moved from Portland, to Columbus. Just so happened, our daughter had planned a similar trip, and we got to meet up with both of them for a few hours.

Getting our wifi fix at Sarah’s, I stumbled upon a guest post on ProBlogger, which suggested a simple, time saving alternative to become a better writer: talking to strangers. It proposed this as a tool to expose one to new styles, new concepts, new vocabulary. Tools to be a better blogger. I liked the idea. I set a daily goal of engaging in at least one 20 minute conversation with a stranger every day. It’s a lot easier than I anticipated. Until now, I’ve been the type who has been quick to engage in, “let’s wrap this up” conversation. I think it is a hold over from my professional days, and knowing how much work builds, when I chitchat.

Employing this new strategy, I became fast friends with Larry at Burr Oak campground. An elderly fellow, ex-semi truck driver, smoker, skinnier than the day is long, speaks with a bit of a drawl, nice, and quick to help sort of guy. Anyway, we learn his favorite Ohio campgrounds, and one was a state park at Put-in-Bay, South Bass Island. I thought he said Puddin’ Bay, but it became clear when he brought over an Ohio map to show different routes. His truck drivin’ days shown through, “you can take the 78 north, or the 2 west – if you want to avoid big cities. . .” It’s only now that I wish I thought to ask him what his handle was.

We settled on the route which was a cut through, to Burr Oak Lodge. This had the added bonus of taking Thor (the van) through his first covered bridge. The bridge creaked and moaned, but it was solid.

Taking the Short Cut

Taking the Short Cut

We anticipated a couple days in Put-in-Bay, and wound up here for 5 – a mini vacation of sorts. South Bass Island State Park & campground, has an interesting past. It used to be the manicured grounds of the glorious Victory Hotel, a destination for wealthy vacationers. Opened for business in June, 1892, a whopping 825 rooms (and this is such a little island!), but its story is short, as it burned to the ground 27 years later, leaving only the foundation and a few stone ruins behind.

Before and After

Before and After

The hotel's natatorium, aka swimming pool

The hotel’s natatorium, aka swimming pool

I’ll tell you why we stayed longer than planned. . . it was the simple fact the golf carts everyone totes around in, allowed us to tote Carlos too.

Now, where did I park?!

Now, where did I park?!

Duly Noted: Ours is green!

Duly Noted: Ours is green!

For $105 we had the cart for 3 days and I felt like a kid again – was it the wind in my hair?, the go-cart sound of the engine?, or, maybe it was the top speed of 15 mph? Anyway, I loved it. I’d plunder empty campsites for left behind wood. I’d run down the hill to fetch more ice. Need someone to do a beer run?, no need to ask twice. We’d go out for dinner!, so much simpler than breaking down camp to make such a trip.

We’d putt for ice cream,:

Toft's "Buckeye Bites" Ice Cream!

Toft’s “Buckeye Bites” Ice Cream!

to sight see,:

Homes with Widow's Walks,,,

Homes with Widow’s Walks,,,

...dot the island

…dot the island

we hit their Boardwalk,:

Sign announces the graduating class of 2016 - a total of 4 students!

Sign announces the graduating class of 2016 – a total of 4 students!

we checked out the other state park on this little island. It was may be one acre, but it had wildlife,:

Honk, honk, honk

Honk, honk, honk

we saw the National Monument honoring a long peace of the three nations, Canada, Britain & America,:

Commemorates the battle at Lake Erie, during the War of 1812, and the lasting peace since

Commemorates the battle at Lake Erie, during the War of 1812, and the lasting peace since

they even welcomed Carlos in the rotunda of the column, but not to the top – just as well, I don’t think his little legs would handle the descent very well.

And, of course, we’d putt to the post office, where they still hand cancel the postage. This is probably not a big job, with all of 500 permanent residence on the island.

Last, we’d like to tarry to the ferry:P1020001to watch people come and go.

We’ll be hitting the ferry ourselves tomorrow afternoon. Woody has a pen pal in Michigan we’re off to see. There are 20 years of postcards between them – and it’s been just about that long since I met him!

About Hali

Just a travel junkie trying to find my voice in the blogosphere. I enjoy sharing my photography and fast facts I learn in the places I travel through.

6 thoughts on “Oh Ohio!

    1. Hali Post author

      yes, our babies were only 4 years old when we borrowed their fire to make s’mores! Bob even has a photo of the fire pit that day in Rockaway.

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  1. Michelle

    I love your photos!! I was actually in the “rust belt” last week for work and we drove from Cleveland to Pontiac Michigan. I thought of you guys since we took the scenic route back along Lake Erie. It is so beautiful there but not nearly as beautiful as what you saw! Glad to see you are still on the move and taking it all in. I will try a 5 minute conversation with a stranger once a week until I retire 🙂 xxxooo

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    1. Hali Post author

      Oh my gosh. . . and I just remembered you had your appendix out while in Ohio!!! Was that your first time back since that surprise?

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