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Weekend in Hudson, OH

We spent 3 nights September 20 through September 23 in Hudson, OH.  We rented the Hudson Home AirBnB.  The location of this AirBnB was ideal for our activities. We went bicycling on trails in and near Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and we visited the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.  A food market and restaurants were within walking distance from our rental.

We were en route Hudson, OH at 7:15 am on Friday, September 20.  We stopped for breakfast in Youngsville, PA at Richard’s Family Restaurant. “That was good; it was enjoyable”, Bob said after breakfast. Bob had a Greek omelet with home fries and toast. I had French toast and bacon.  The service was fast, as we were back on the road at 8:10 am.

We told Google maps to take us to Hudson OH, using an off highway route. From Youngsville Google maps said it was 133 mi 3 hours and 25 minutes to our destination, with an ETA of 11:23 am.  A deer ran across the road in front of us, shortly after leaving the restaurant. If there had been a second deer, it is likely we would have hit that deer.

We arrived in Hudson around 11:45 am. We passed by our AirBnB and drove to Szalay’s in Peninsula for lunch. The  farm market was open; the outdoor eatery was not. We drove back to Hudson.

We ate lunch at Johnny’s Diner, located in Hudson at the Acme Market plaza. This is what the webpage says about Johnny’s Diner:

“Go back in time to the glory days of malt shop diners. Johnny’s Diner is a delicious blend of 50’s style diner and hometown Hudson.”

Johnny’s Diner

Johnny’s Diner

I liked the diner’s 50s ambiance; the service and food was good as well. We didn’t order anything that the diner appears to be noted for i.e., burgers and shakes. We can, though, attest to the fact that the Chef’s Salad and melted tuna sandwich are delicious.

After lunch, we drove to the AirBnB that we rented for 3 nights. The AirBnB is located about 1/4 mile from the Acme Market plaza. We “checked in”, carried in our baggage and got settled in. Checking in involved entering a combination for a lockbox and using the key inside the lockbox to open the front door. Once inside we returned the key to the lockbox. Near the kitchen door was a key to use for the rest of our visit. That key was for the back door, which happens to be the most convenient door to use. Parking is at the back of the house.

Our rental AirBnB – living / dining room

Our rental AirBnB – back yard

Our rental AirBnB – Our host left snacks for us.

Later in the afternoon we walked the quarter of a mile to the Acme Market and purchased a few groceries (mainly breakfast items, beverages and snacks).

We ate dinner at Perkins Restaurant, located in the Acme Market plaza.

This AirBnB does not have a TV. It does, however, have the Internet and a computer monitor. Bob didn’t bring the Fire Stick, as the AirBnB listing said there was no TV. Therefore, Bob assumed that there would be nowhere to plug in the Fire Stick. He could have plugged the Fire Stick into the monitor. We were able to watch Amazon Prime and Hulu, though, by hooking up Bob‘s Surface Pro tablet to the computer monitor.

 

The next day (Saturday, September 21) we ate breakfast at the house from purchases that we made the day before. Then we went for a bicycle ride, which you can read about here.

We ate lunch at Szalay’s Outdoor Eatery. Bob had a polish sausage, and I had a hot dog. For dessert we had fruit sundaes–vanilla soft serve ice cream with pineapple, blueberries, strawberries and bananas.

After lunch we returned to the house, where we stayed until late afternoon.

We ate dinner at Subway in the Acme Market plaza.  I am sure that you can tell that we made good use of the nearby shopping plaza.

After dinner we drove to the Ira Trailhead on the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, where we went for a short evening bicycle ride.

We returned to the house around 7:30 pm.

 

On Sunday, September 22, we went to the zoo.  We felt that the zoo was a better choice, given the extreme heat, than riding bicycles.

We were en route Cleveland Metroparks Zoo at 9:00 am. We arrived about 50 minutes later. Our tickets were half price because we are members of the Erie Zoo. We visited all seven zoo locations.

I put together a slideshow of some of the zoo animals that we saw during our visit.

Bob put together a short video too.

What a hot day! The car thermometer read 94 degrees, when we returned to the car. We had an enjoyable time at the zoo. Our time there, though, would have been more enjoyable had it been about 20 degrees cooler. The animals may have been more active too.

We departed the zoo at 2:00 pm. We were back at the house by 3:00 pm. We were both whipped, and our feet hurt. Still the day’s activities were better than riding bicycles. At least we were able to find some relief in air conditioned buildings.

 

We departed Hudson at 7:30 am on Monday, September 23. We stopped for breakfast at Bob Evans Restaurant in Streetsboro, OH. We both ordered Classic Breakfast – 2 eggs, 2 pancakes and bacon.  Filling and delicious!

When we left Hudson it was cloudy and a comfortable 68 degrees. It started raining in Conneaut, PA and the rain stayed with us rest of the way home. We returned home around noon.

What a wonderful weekend getaway!

Weekend in Ohio – Days 3 and 4

September 7th was our last full day in Ohio.  Bob and I were showered, dressed and standing on “Top -o- World” by 6:50 am.

Top -o- World at
Whispering Hills Jellystone Park Camp-Resort
(photograph taken the day before)

We watched the sunrise together at 7:01 am.

The humidity and cool temperature (49 degrees!) added fog to the air.
The sunrise with fog was very pretty indeed!

Sunrise

Bob and I ate breakfast at the campground cafe. We ordered 2 egg cheese omelets with diced ham, home fries, toast and sausage. Orange juice and tea/coffee were complimentary. Breakfast was reasonably priced and very good.  After breakfast Bob and I walked to the West Terrace to say goodbye to our VROC friends. Everyone, except Mike, had already departed. Mike said we missed everyone else by 10 minutes. We said goodbye to Mike. Then we hopped on our motorcycle and went for a ride.

What beautiful countryside to ride in!

 We rode to Mohican State Park, near Loudonville OH.  We saw a fire tower, a covered bridge, a gorge overlook and a memorial shrine to Ohio’s deceased veterans.

According to the Mohican State Park website,
this is one of the last remaining fire towers in Ohio.

The Mohican Covered Bridge crosses over the Clearfork River.

Clearfork River

Clear Fork Gorge
The view from this overlook would be spectacular in the Autumn!

Memorial Shrine to Ohio’s Deceased Veterans

This shrine houses records of all of the names of Ohioans who lost their lives in all wars and conflicts. Printed books are available to look through, and hand written books containing all of the names are displayed under glass.

Leaving Mohican State Park we rode west and ended up in Bellville OH.  We ate lunch in Bellville at K.C.’s Steak & Ribs. Bob ordered a steak salad. I ordered grilled chicken. For dessert we shared a chocolate chip Cakie (a cookie and cake combination).  If we are ever in the Bellville area, we would definitely eat at K.C.’s again.  The food, service and ambiance were very good.

After lunch we began the ride back to the Whispering Hills Jellystone Park Camp-Resort . We made two stops on our way back to the campground.

Nice-looking barn!

This barn is located about half way between Bellville and Butler on Ohio State Route 97.  We passed by the barn on our way to Bellville.  When I realized that we would be passing by the barn again on our way back to the campground, I watched for it.  I asked Bob to stop so that I could take a picture.

Before we departed Bellville, Bob had programmed our route into the GPS.  He must have forgotten to instruct the GPS not to take us on dirt / gravel roads.

Riding Down Crooked Road, south of Butler OH

On Saturday, during the group ride with our VROC friends, I caught glimpse of a covered bridge. I made a mental note of the location,of that bridge. Bob and I found the “Bridge of Dreams” covered bridge during our ride.

Bridge of Dreams
located near Brinkhaven, OH

The Bridge of Dreams is 370 feet long and spans the Mohican River.  It is the second longest covered bridge in Ohio after the Smolen-Gulf Bridge, and third longest covered bridge in the United States.

The Bridge of Dreams is closed to motorized traffic but is often used by Amish buggies.  In fact, while we were at the river’s edge looking up at the bridge, we heard an Amish buggy crossing overhead.  I would have loved to capture a photograph of an Amish buggy crossing this bridge!

We planned to eat dinner at the campground cafe, same as the night before. Our plans changed, though, when I discovered that the kitchen and camp office/store closed at 4:00 pm. We ate dinner at East of Chicago in Shreve, located about 3 miles from the campground. Bob ordered a buffalo chicken salad. I ordered a personal size pizza with pepperoni and a side salad. The food was good.

The moon was almost full our last night in Ohio.
We were able to see it from our cabin’s porch swing.

 

The next day we departed Whispering Hills Jellystone Park Camp-Resort, en route home, at 7:20 am. Our first stop was an hour later on U.S. Route 62 near Canton OH.  We stopped for breakfast at Bob Evans Restaurant.  We made it home around 1:30 pm.   What a wonderful weekend we had!

Weekend in Ohio – Day 2

We departed Wooster OH en route the Whispering Hills Jellystone Park Camp-Resort  at 10:30 am. It took less than ½ hour to reach the campground. We were able to check into our cabin early.

Our accommodation for 2 nights was Cabin 6B. Our deluxe cabin sleeps 6. There is a full bathroom, kitchenette, electric, running water, air conditioning (and heat), mini refrigerator, microwave, coffee pot, towels and bed linens, dinnerware and utensils, outside grill (propane), fire pit, picnic table, and sliding swing on a covered porch.

Here are a couple photographs that I took inside of the cabin.

Eat-in Kitchen

If you read my previous blog post, the purpose of our weekend in Ohio is to attend the Central Ohio Vulcan Riders and Owners Club (VROC) motorcycle rally.  Soon after arriving at the campground we joined our VROC friends at the West Terrace. We left for a ride at noon. Those riding were Brad, in the lead and our rally host, Bruce , Chris and Linda, Joe and Shirley and Bob and I.  We enjoyed a nice, scenic ride.

At the West Terrace Getting Ready to Ride

It was so good to see Brad riding again.  Earlier this year Brad and his wife, April, were in a motorcycle accident.  April died in that motorcycle accident.  The Central Ohio VROC rally was planned by both Brad and April.  The rally was held in April’s honor.

Joe and Shirley

While at the stop shown in the photograph displayed above, Bruce was concerned that his bike chain might be too tight.  We were very close to Brad’s house at this stop, so we went there (where he had tools).

It started to rain, as we approached Brad’s house.
He opened the garage, and we rode in.
Bruce loosened a chain on his bike.

When we left Brad’s house, en route the campground, the rain had stopped. The rain started to fall, though, soon after we left. None of us had put on rain gear. It was a wet ride back to the campground. We relaxed at the cabin, drying out, until dinner time. Our friends did the same inside their tents.

We ate dinner at the campground cafe. Most of our VROC friends did the same.  Bob had a Philly steak sandwich with potato salad. I had a cheeseburger with potato salad. We shared dessert, an apple dumpling with ice cream.  We spent rest of the evening sitting around a campfire talking, reminiscing, and laughing.

Oh, I almost forgot.  Have you heard of the ALS ice bucket challenge?  The ice bucket challenge is an activity involving dumping a bucket of ice water on someone’s head to promote awareness of the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and encourage donations to research.   The challenge encourages nominated participants to be filmed having a bucket of ice water poured on their heads and then nominating others to do the same. A common stipulation is that nominated participants have 24 hours to comply or forfeit by way of a charitable financial donation.  I filmed such an ice bucket challenge at our Central Ohio VROC rally.

Weekend in Ohio – Day 1 and the Morning of Day 2

We spent the weekend of September 6 in Ohio’s Amish Country.  The purpose of our weekend getaway was to attend a Central Ohio Vulcan Riders and Owners Club (VROC) motorcycle rally.

We departed our hometown of Warren PA on September 5th a little after 8:30 am en route Wooster OH. We followed U.S. route 62 most of the way, with the exception of Route 27 from Pittsfield to Oil City and Route 30 into Wooster.   Our original plan was to spend 3 nights at a hotel in Wooster and ride to Whispering Hills Campground, rally headquarters, located about 20 miles south of Wooster.  Every one attending the motorcycle rally was staying at Whispering Hills Campground, either in a tent or a cabin, except for Bob and me.  We do not have a trailer or room on our motorcycle for camping essentials such as sleeping bags, so a hotel stay was our only option … or so we thought.  Since Thursday a thought had been bubbling inside my head.  I wondered if the cabins at Whispering Hills campground included linens.  I had never checked out that possibility, had never given it a thought, when we made our hotel reservation for the weekend.  I didn’t act on my thoughts, until Friday, while en route Wooster.

I asked Bob to stop in Oil City.  I telephoned Whispering Hills campground to ask if bed linens were provided for cabin rentals.  I expected to be told that we would have to bring our own bed linens, so I was pleased to learn that bed linens were provided when renting a deluxe cabin.  An additional pleasant surprise was to learn that Whispering Hills campground was running a special – 2 nights for the price of one.  I attempted to cancel all 3 days of our hotel stay at Best Western; however, it was past the time for a no cost cancellation. I changed our hotel reservation to one night and made a reservation at Whispering Hills for 2 nights.

We made two more stops after Oil City.  We stopped for gas and a bathroom break at Sheetz in Mercer PA, and we stopped for lunch at Denny’s Restaurant in Hubbard OH.  We arrived at Best Western Wooster at 3:00 pm. I was so happy to stop riding. Temperatures were in the upper 80s / lower 90s.  It had been a long, hot ride!

We relaxed in the hotel for about 1 ½ hours. Relaxation time included a shower. The shower was very refreshing, after being so hot and sticky from the ride to the hotel!  Around 4:30 pm we left the hotel and rode to the Whispering Hills campground, located 3 miles south of Shreve OH, where we met up with our VROC friends.  We sat around in a circle and chatted for a bit. A picnic table was pulled to the circle so that Bob and I would have a place to sit. As I mentioned earlier, our motorcycle is limited in space. We had no room to carry camp chairs.  We are talking about installing a rack on top of the truck to add more space.

We left, as a group, and rode to the Iron Pony Saloon for dinner.  Dinner (bacon cheddar hamburger with fries for me; prime rib and fries for Bob) was very good, and the conversation lively.  If I remember correctly, there were 17 of us at dinner.  After dinner, Bob and I rode back to our hotel in Wooster.

It was a stormy night. The wind awakened me around 12:30 am. Then the rain hit hard against the window for a while. At 8:30 am on September 6th, it was cloudy but dry. We ate breakfast (complimentary) at the hotel cafe. Breakfast was excellent and included selections such as waffles, eggs, sausage, yogurt, hot and cold cereal, fruit, pastries, and a variety of beverages.

We checked out of the hotel at 9:30 am. We spent an hour in downtown Wooster photographing the courthouse, a monument and the farmers market. I used my iPhone to capture the sights.

We walked from our parked motorcycle
to the courthouse in the background
and back to our motorcycle.

This Civil War Monument is located across the street
from the courthouse.

Civil War Monument

The courthouse entrances are flanked by Atlantes.

Wayne County Courthouse

Wayne County Courthouse

A Farmers Market is held on Saturdays,
across from the courthouse.

 

After our short walk in downtown Wooster, we sat outside the Open Spoon Market and shared a chocolate and peanut butter cinnamon roll (delicious!).

Open Spoon Market

We departed Wooster en route the Whispering Hill campground at 10:30 am.

Stay tuned!  I will be sharing more about our Weekend in Ohio in future blog post(s).

Mill Creek Park: Lanterman’s Mill

Bob and I spent this past Saturday (August 9th) at Mill Creek Park, a metropolitan park located in Youngstown, Ohio.  Our first stop was at Fellows Riverside Gardens.  When our visit to Fellows Riverside Gardens ended, we rode around the west side of Lake Glacier to Lily Pond.  In today’s blog post I will share photographs that I took at Lake Newport and of a Suspension Bridge.  After lunch we returned to the park and stopped at Lake Newport and a Suspension Bridge.  Our last stop in Mill Creek Park was at Lanterman’s Mill.

Lanterman’s Mill

Lanterman’s Mill was built in 1845-1846 by German Lanterman and Samuel Kimberly.
It was restored in 1982-1985.

A covered bridge, which you can see in the distance in the photograph displayed above, crosses Mill Creek.

Lanterman’s Mill Covered Bridge

On my first visit to Lanterman’s Mill in July 2013 with my friend, Marge, we were able to tour only the main and upper floors of the mill, as the water wheel (located on the bottom level) was being worked on during our visit.  The observation deck overlooking Mill Creek was also closed.  Progress has been made since last year’s visit.

The observation deck is now open.

During our visit on Saturday, Bob and I were able to tour all floors of the mill.

Bob took this photograph of the wheel on the bottom floor.

The water wheel, however, still requires repairs and was non-operational.

We enjoyed our visit to Mill Creek Park.  I would like to return one day, perhaps in the Autumn.  The colors of Autumn in the park would be beautiful indeed!

Mill Creek Park: Lake Newport and Suspension Bridge

Bob and I spent this past Saturday (August 9th) at Mill Creek Park, a metropolitan park located in Youngstown, Ohio.  Our first stop was at Fellows Riverside Gardens.  When our visit to Fellows Riverside Gardens ended, we rode around the west side of Lake Glacier to Lily Pond.  In today’s blog post I will share photographs that I took at Lake Newport and of a Suspension Bridge.

 

Boat Launch on Lake Newport

Lake Newport Boat Launch

The Suspension Bridge, located on Valley Drive, was erected in 1895.  The bridge was designed by Charles Fowler of the Youngstown Bridge Company.  The Suspension Bridge spans Mill Creek and measures 86 feet long and 32 feet wide. It has been called the Silver Bridge, the Cinderella Bridge, the Castle Bridge, and the Walt Disney Bridge.

The Suspension Bridge was crossed frequently, while we were there.

Soon after our arrival at the bridge, a wedding party arrived.  I had hoped to capture a candid photograph of the bride and groom on the bridge; however, I didn’t get the opportunity.  Bob and I sat at our vantage point, watching the wedding photographer set up and take photographs.  It became apparent that people who wanted to cross the bridge were looking to Bob and me for direction as to whether or not to cross the bridge.  We didn’t want to direct traffic, so we left!

Our final stop at Mill Creek Park was at Lanterman’s Mill, the subject of my next blog post.

Mill Creek Park: Lake Glacier and Lily Pond

Bob and I spent this past Saturday (August 9th) at Mill Creek Park, a metropolitan park located in Youngstown, Ohio.  Our first stop was at Fellows Riverside Gardens, which I blogged about yesterday.  Mill Creek Park contains three man-made lakes, a pond and a wetland.  When our visit to Fellows Riverside Gardens ended, we rode around the west side of Lake Glacier to Lily Pond.

This is Lake Glacier, as viewed from Fellows Riverside Gardens.

As I took this picture, I heard falling water.  I looked but didn’t see a waterfall anywhere.  As we began our ride around Lake Glacier, I spotted the waterfall!

Lake Glacier dam

We spent a few minutes at the Lake Glacier Dam and then continued our ride in Mill Creek Park to Lily Pond.  Lily Pond is the oldest man-made body of water in Mill Creek Park.  It was created in 1896 by damming a natural spring.  We enjoyed this 3 1/4 acre pond by taking a walk around the 1/3-mile Lily Pond Circle Trail.

Lily Pond

Lily Pond

Lily Pond

Lily Pond

It is very easy to leave Mill Creek Park and enter a residential area.  That is what happened when we departed Lily Pond.  We found our way back to the park on U.S. Route 62, near where there a bridge crossing Mill Creek provides a wonderful view of Lanterman’s Mill.

Lanternman’s Mill

I didn’t like the sun’s position at the time we stopped, so we decided to eat lunch and return to Lanterman’s Mill later in the afternoon.

We lunch at Thano’s Family Restaurant in Canfield, which was only a few miles from Mill Creek Park.  My friend, Marge, and I ate at this restaurant last year when we visited Mill Creek Park. Marge and I enjoyed lunch there at that time.  Bob and I enjoyed lunch there as well.  I highly recommend this restaurant, if you are in the area!

In my next blog post I will share a few more photographs of Mill Creek Park sights and save photographs of Lanterman’s Mill for my final blog post of our visit to Mill Creek Park.

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