July 23, 2018 – Port Clinton, Ohio


What a surprise – as soon as I left Michigan the highways changed and were smooth again – thank you Ohio.

Short drive along Lake Erie to our campground. Arrived at Tall Timbers in Port Clinton by 11 AM and they gave us a site early. Medium sized campground with paved roads and level gravel sites but they only have Electric and Water so we have to conserve. Nice site as we are right across from the pond but in the landing pattern for the local airport. Let’s see how the noise level goes.pcl (10)

After dinner we headed out to see lighthouses.

Saw the Marblehead lighthouse. Rain came as soon as we pulled up. This is the oldest operating lighthouse on the Great Lakes and has been in operation since 1822.

 

Saw the Port Clinton lighthouse. The first was built in 1833 and this one built in 1896 but is non-operating today has been restored by the local community to showcase the importance of lighthouses along Lake Erie.

 

Tuesday we hopped the Miller Ferry and crossed the bay to Put-In-Bay. Rented a golf cart and spent the day touring the island.

 

 

Stopped at Perry Victory and International Peace Memorial. Saw the movie and got my stamp, Brenda finished her junior Ranger book. Memorial commemorates peace between USA, Great Britain and Canada after Perry’s victory in the War of 1812.

 

Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry captured the entire British Squadron and raised the now famous “Don’t Give Up the Ship” flag onboard the US Brig Niagara.

Then went out to the monument, 352 feet tall and took an elevator ride to the top – what views! It is the third tallest national monument after the Gateway Arch (tallest) and the Washington Monument.

 

 

Took a ride to the South Bass Island State Park (on the island) and found out I could bring my coach over here and I would fit in the campground – maybe someday.

We did hike through the Jane Coates Wildflower Woods – didn’t see a lot of wildflowers.

 

Stopped at the Heineman Winery – the oldest remaining family owned in Ohio – wine so so.

Then back into town to walk around.

 

Saw the world’s longest bar – 405 feet and 10 inches – at the Beer-Barrel Saloon.

 

Saw the Put-In-Bay Brewery and had to stop for a small one.  Scenery along the way.pcl (19)

Innovative use of an old fire truck.

 

Then walked through DeRivera Park by the harbor.

 

Then saw the Put-In-Bay Winery and sat out front in Adirondack chairs and enjoyed a glass and stared upon Lake Erie.

 

Saw the Put-In-Bay lighthouse a 60 foot brick tower lighthouse attached to a 2-1/2 story home.

 

Then home by ferry to feed the dogs by 5 PM. And now time to rest! I will say that if you want a peaceful vacation and to get away from it all and to drink – this is the place!

Wednesday is off to Cedar Pointe – capital of the roller coasters. Been a while since we have been here but figure I need to do it one more time.

Got there by 10 AM and immediately as we walked toward the back began jumping on rides.pcl (51)

First was the Raptor and I thought I was going to lose my cookies – rough and wild.

 

Then the Valravn.

 

Then the Millennium Force (my favorite).pcl (56)

Finally a break for lunch and we had a one plus hour wait on the Steel Vengeance – brand new this year. Talked to a guy and his daughter in line and after we got off – their car got stuck on the upward ride – scary.

 

Then the Magnum XL-200pcl (59)

Power Tower

 

Wicked Twisterpcl (69)

Gatekeeper

 

Top Thrill Dragster

 

Few more rides and Brenda had to do the Carousel as the final ride – time to go home by 5 PM. I am beat and bruised but a happy camper. I will admit my desire for amusement parks has waned.

 

Many more rides than I could handle but it is the Roller Coaster Capital and has the best!

We did go out to dinner at Dock’s in Port Clinton and it was a worthwhile endeavor with good food and music.pcl (71)

Thursday is off to Berea Ohio and the Cuyahoga Fairgrounds – where sites are first come first serve!

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