7/9/14 - Goodbye, Ohio!|
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This might be our last visit to Ohio in our motor home. Road traffic make for a less than a pleasant journey. We plan to look into travel by train in the US, suplemented by rental cars. We do love to watch the scenery as we drive along, so air travel is not high on our list. It's fast, but not much scenery! We'd rather stop along the way, taking time to "smell the roses" while we still can ...
We've enjoyed our sojourn in the state of our birth. We forgot how hilly Ohio is! Traversing over hill and dale and curve after curve is, as our Nannie would say, "Romantisch!" in a car. Towing our Honda with a 40ft motor home is a whole new experience in today's world.
The other day, the hills and dales were also being visited by one after another rain storm - not fun to drive in those conditions!
However, Kathleen considers Paul an excellent driver - cool as a cucumber when semi after semi passes us. He never loses his "cool" and navigated us from Millersburg to Delaware, Ohio to Mt Juliet, TN without any sign of frustration or tiredness. He just cruises along!
On our trip to the Nashville, TN area we were blessed with NO rain. Beautiful sunshine and reasonable traffic (with the exception of Columbus, Cincinnati, and Louisville.) We did not go into Nashville, but skirted the city to the north and east and arrived at the Corps of Engineers RV Park (Cedar Creek) in relative good time!
Our time in Ohio was one pleasant gathering after another.
A visit to Paul's only living aunt (Pauline) was followed by a delightful 4th of July party at cousin John and Laura's home. Ann, John and Linda are siblings whom we were happy to see.
Dinner was a great affair with lots of delicious food and animated conversation!
We were especially happy to meet Laura's folks, Bob and Ethel!
This little lady, Karli stands with her grandmother, Laura. Karli performed a dance and song from "Frozen" - we could see our own granddaughters, Catie and Becky in Karli's performance.
There's going to be a wedding in the family in July (that we will miss, sob, sob) and here is the family
Ann, Greg, Rachel, Katie and Linda.
Rachel's intended - Dustin - who is a firefighter - had to work today.
It was a sunny and warm day and many enjoyed visiting on the back porch where they could also enjoy the well manicured back yard.
The daylily seems to grow wild in Ohio and all through our travels, we were greeted with these beautiful blooms - yellow and orange colors prevailed.
We made one quick visit to say a proper goodbye to Aunt Pauline
Paul has only one brother, and what a joy it was to visit with Ed and Jan. They took us over to a cousin Paul grew up with (cousin Janise.) In no time flat, another cousin, Janise's brother John David and his wife Billie joined us. While we were all visiting, these two adorable babies were brought in for a visit by their mom!
We normally have more than one visit with Jan and Ed, but this time, try as we might, we just were not able to "work it in."
Kathleen's cousin (more like a sister) lives fairly close to the RV park, so we were able to see more of her during this visit (making up for our lack of getting together with her on our last visit!) On our final day in Ohio we gathered at cousin Beth Ann and Guy's home and it really was the epitome of all the good things that have happened during our visit. Guy and Beth Ann have a lovely place and the largest swimming pool above the ground we've ever seen! The brick work all over the area was performed by Bill (Ann Marie's husband) and it is really a piece of art! We were introduced to the youngest of the family - little Venice who is much loved by her parents, grandparents, and especially her aunt, Andrea.
The happy parents spent their honeymoon in Europe, and liked Vienna, Austria and decided to name one of their children Vienna - thus the baby's moniker! Trish, Vienna and John.
Beth and Guy have planted many flowers and flowering bushes in the pool area, making it truly a place of beauty.
Guy barbecued hamburgers and hotdogs and we all stuffed ourselves with food and good fellowship!
Guy Beth Ann, Joe, Betty and Margie.
The following day we packed up and left one of our favorite RV parks - Cherokee - and headed south to Millersburg,OH. This is the area that meanders through Mennonite and Amish country, and it really is idyllic, even in the rain!
We stopped in the little town of Brewster where this incredible memorial to their fallen servicemen and women impressed us.
Our friend (who now lives in Oregon) mentioned the towns of Millersburg and Winesburg to Kathleen, as places where both her family and Skip's family settled in Ohio. A stop in Winesburg was made, and because there was only room along the side of the road for Paul to park (no place in town we could see was able to accommodate our 40' home on wheels) - so we left the rig for a very short walk up the main street and wished we might have been able to spend time, enjoying the historic homes along the way - we thought of Donna, then moved on toward Millersburg.
We never tire of following the horse and buggies along the way.
The intermittent rain squalls did not deter us from enjoying the beautiful hills and valleys of southern Ohio and soon we were parked in the church's parking lot, next to the home of John and Graciela.
When we visit Ohio, we always stop to see these friends we made in California! Another delightful dinner and overnight visit with these dear friends.
The following morning we hooked up the Honda and were prepared to leave when we noticed what looked like a near flat tire.
We were not of a mind to put air in the tire and drive to the Columbus area. John's brother also has an RV and a call to him provided us with a place (close by) that service large trucks and RVs!!! Piece of luck! John drove in the motor home, directing Paul on where to find the place, while Graciela and Kathleen followed in Graciela's car.
The fellows removed the tire and checked ever so carefully. Nothing wrong with the tire, but thorough inspection followed
A new stem was installed and we were declared "fit to travel". Fond wishes to our hosts and shortly after our "GOODBYES" we were headed for Delaware, OH where we hoped to spend the final two nights in Ohio.
After several hours of navigating the many hills of Ohio we found one of the nicest RV parks! Cedar Creek RV Resort in Delaware, OH was such a treat.
The folks in the office could not have been more welcoming, our site was perfect for our large van and the neighbors were all friendly, too! (Can't say the same for the weather, but although we had several thunder and lighting visits, we made it.) Besides the beautiful park, we were only 8 miles from Costco! What a find! Our favorite place for shopping!
The following day we drove down to the western part of Columbus where other cousins live. We have been lax in stopping to see them on our many jaunts through southern Ohio, so we hoped to make the best of this visit.
Our cousin Jacqueline and her two daughters met us at the house and we were in for a real treat!
Audrey and Elena were so entertaining - from the sharing of their lego creations to dancing for us.
The girls performed a number, using the "sticks" they made by using their nicely decorated instruments.
Jackie and her mom, Diane
We took this young man to our hearts, especially when we enjoyed his excellent barbecued pork!
A nice family portrait!
There seemed to be no end of "special" things that happened to us, and a visit with cousin Delores and Angel was surely one of the highlights of our visit!
What a way to end our time in Ohio! We are so grateful to all the relatives and friends we were able to visit and enjoy. Each visit, each person we visited, all and each was such a gift! How we appreciate this visit!
We do regret not being able to see our niece Maureen and family - but they were out-of-town. We hope to see them if the Oakland Raiders perform well enough this year to merit a "play off". Maureen's husband, Tony, is an avid fan of the Raiders, and should a play off be in their future, we feel sure Tony and Maureen (and hopefully their daughters, Maria and Vanessa) might visit California!