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North America » United States » Ohio » Wilmington May 30th 2018

Caesar Creek State Park, Wilmington, Ohio Originally I had wanted to visit three of the four Hopewell Culture sites (that are open) to make sure that I was gaining a broad enough perspective on the park. The plan was to tour the re-creations at Mound City Group, then head out to the Hopewell Group for a picnic lunch and a hike through that very large area (100 football fields), then on to either Hopeton (which has recently been opened to the public) or the Seip Earthworks site to see more of the elaborate architecture on display. But we ended up cutting our visit short and it is all because of the weather. Dogs, on leashes, are allowed to walk with you through the mound sites and since the girls don’t often get to go with us, ... read more

North America » United States » Ohio » Chillicothe May 29th 2018

Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, Chillicothe, Ohio We drove about an hour southeast of us down to a town whose name I’ve read, but never pronounced. Now that I know how to pronounce it, I like the sound of it. It sort of rolls off the tongue, like ‘Prairie du Chien’, except its a very different language. As you approach Chillicothe from the Dayton area, the landscape changes. And, in fact, you enter a different ecological zone. Instead of the Eastern Corn Belt Plains, with its low rolling plains and preponderance of beech forests, we move into the Western Allegheny Plateau, which has more diverse hardwood forests. There is less agricultural land use as the land is slightly more rugged heading up into the Appalachian Mountains themselves. Yesterday will be our only contact with this region, ... read more

North America » United States » Ohio » Dayton May 28th 2018

Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, Dayton, Ohio The connections are a bit tenuous, and sometimes appear a little forced, but one can start to understand why this park incorporates what it does. There are two main threads stitched together in this park - One is the life and work of Paul Laurence Dunbar, a black poet often referred to as the Poet Laureate of Black culture. The other is the history of Orville and Wilbur Wright as they struggle, and succeed, to conquer the problem of flight. The two threads cross a couple of times in historical accident, but I think, maybe, there’s a bigger way these three men are connected and it is in that way that this park becomes even more remarkable. The designation ‘National Historical Park’ is not a common one. In ... read more

North America » United States » Ohio » Wilmington May 27th 2018

Caesar Creek Campground, Wilmington, Ohio We had a down-day planned yesterday for a couple of reasons. An important one had to do with the need to do a dump-and-fill on the trailer. In simple terms that means we needed to dump our sewage tanks and load up on fresh water. It is a bit more complicated than that because, for us anyway, it means we have to secure everything inside the trailer, roll in the slider and awning, hitch the thing back up to the car, tow it over to the dump station, dump, then bring the trailer back and re-establish camp. Although we are pretty good at the whole process, having done it dozens of times by now, it still takes about two hours. Five days is about as long as we can go without ... read more

North America » United States » Ohio » Springfield May 26th 2018

Yellow Springs, Ohio Yesterday I said we had ‘a little activity’ planned. After almost 17 years of marriage to Joan, I should know by now that there is really no such thing as ‘a little activity’. We brought the bikes along, at some considerable effort, because Joan wanted to do some bicycle riding while on the journey. And she has that right, as part of her rebellion items, to add things to the agenda that she wants to do just because, as sacrosanct as the bucket list is to me, it isn’t the total sum of the universe to her! (I can’t imagine why she doesn’t see the world the way I do but that is part of the wonders of marriage that somehow the views of two different people seem to get merged into a ... read more

North America » United States » Ohio » Wilmington May 25th 2018

Wilmington, Ohio Last year, while touring the south, we made an effort to sample local cooking. I mean, who wouldn’t want to try some genuine ‘southern fried chicken’, or key lime pie while in the Keys. It turned out to be a rewarding experience and an additional way of talking about our travel experiences. So this year I thought I’d try the same thing. The problem, of course, is that the ‘Great Lakes Region’ doesn’t exactly have a cooking style that they are famous for. What I did discover in my Google searches was that there are foods that develop in a very local way for some reason. And people have actually gone to the length of identifying different foods by states. So I recorded those options and actually put them into the trip plan so ... read more

North America » United States » Ohio » Dayton May 24th 2018

Wilberforce and Dayton, Ohio We chose this campground primarily because it was in the middle of nowhere. Or, a better way to put it, in the middle of everything we wanted to see in this part of Ohio. Staying here for a while allows us to make day trips out and back to a number of things that were on our list. We decided to start with the closest one yesterday, and that took us pretty much due north about twenty-five miles, first through a town called Xenia (always wanted to visit a town that starts with an X) and then a bit further north on a two-lane road called Wilberforce. Although I didn’t get the history exactly, Wilberforce is the home of two colleges - a private school called, naturally, Wilberforce University, and a branch ... read more

North America » United States » Ohio » Wilmington May 23rd 2018

Caesar Creek State Park, Wilmington, Ohio Joan hates it when I gloat, but I just have to say that I beat her so badly in the Indiana Tournament (a set of three card games). She is going to have a hard time living that one down. And, no, despite what she says, I did not cheat. Cards is just one of the ways we pass time here in the trailer when we are either too tired to go outside, or the weather is to oppressive. We played a game yesterday waiting for dinner to cook, and I had to gloat about the results... She hates my gloating and threatens all kinds of paybacks when I do so. Some of her threats actually work. Partly because driving does take a lot out of us, we usually end ... read more

North America » United States » Ohio » Wilmington May 22nd 2018

Caesar Creek State Park, Wilmington, Ohio Yep, we hitched up a moved about 250 miles east. I picked a leisurely route, at least the part through southern Indiana, and we were rewarded by rich, rolling hills near the rivers and then flat farmland as we got towards the Ohio border. Some of the road was four lane, divided highway, but most of it was two lanes, and some of those lanes were barely wide enough for the trailer. But if the locals were upset with my speed-limit driving, they didn’t show it too much and it was a pleasant enough drive. Stopped for lunch in North Vernon, Indiana, a small city big enough to have its own identity but small enough to remain a typical Midwestern town. Joan found us a spot to eat called Grateful ... read more

North America » United States » Indiana » Vincennes May 21st 2018

George Rogers Clark National Historical Park, Vincennes, Indiana The geographical focus for this trip is the Great Lakes Region. And, as part of that, I expected to learn more about how they were carved out by glaciers and how those glaciers were responsible for most of the geology of the area. Even expected to see some of the oldest rocks on the planet as the North American craton, the original core of the continent, created billions of years ago, is exposed in places nearby. I also expected to to learn about the French and fur traders who were the original explorers of the area. What I did not expect, though, was the political history we picked up yesterday at this bucket list item, and the reason for our stop here in southern Indiana. George Rogers Clark ... read more

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