at first glance, we thought our trip to ohio would be sort of boring. our site seemed to be in the middle of nowhere. we were mostly just trying to get a few free weeks in our network of rv parks that we are members of (thousand trails).
after a bit of research, i learned that there are like 18 historic covered bridges in the county we are staying in. there are a couple of guided tours, but we found a map online and went on our own tour of a few near our campsite. this was the first.
the campsite we are staying at is near jefferson, ohio, which is a strange little town. (i suspect all little towns are strange). (also, i have a very good friend from here. jessica, mom of annie and sadie, who i used to keep watch over for a short little stretch before i had hazel, is from jefferson).
finally, everyone was starving, so we began a quest for lunch. first, i picked a spot that was #1 on tripadvisor, but it was PACKED out, so we doubled back to a mexican restaurant that isaac was willing to eat at. then, we made our way back to the “park” that we had originally planned for… but had missed by a few hundred yards. it had an actual merry-go-round, which i was pretty sure were banned by super-safe-moms-of-america. my kids were drawn like moths to a flame. and i looked on, reminiscing about my own childhood.
after much merry-go-rounding and frolicking, we went back to the beach for a bit, where i struck up conversation with a local, who told me that beach combing was a bit scarce since they had recently drug the beach and water for the body of a teenager who drowned. sad. then isaac threw a rock at anna and there was a lot of screaming so we decided our day was over and made our way back to get some ice cream. the kids opted for sponge bob popsicles, which was fine by me, since they were decidedly cheaper than real ice cream. hazel went to town. this combined with her sand face, made for THIS.
then there was a rain day. lots of movies. play-doh. school.
and then yesterday. friday. whatever. we made plans to hit the road early and head into cleveland to visit the great lakes science center. the science museum passport is the best money we have ever spent. the first exhibit was all about some NASA.
i made the executive decision to go eat lunch and loiter about until the various summer camps loaded up and headed out. then we had the place to ourselves. ike was completely obsessed with this hot air balloon. and how long it took to heat up and rise.
and then today.
and that’s pretty much all i can blog about at this point. it’s late. and hazel is losing it.
we have big plans to hit up a national park in the morning….
so, see you soon!