Friday, August 31, 2012
As you all know, we have really enjoyed our time here. The people who all said "Ewww" when we said we were headed to Cleveland had not been here and they should see a place for themselves before they pass judgment. There is so much to see and do and the people we encountered have been very friendly except for the campground owners. They are definitely not like Fred and Verna from Houston. We think these people are in the wrong business because they seem to hide from customers and let their kids run the campground. It is very interesting around here since some of the kids behind the counter are still in elementary school. Mama went into the office this morning and told the person behind the counter that we are leaving a few days early. She does not know how to check us out since it is early. :-O Our electric meter doesn't work, so we are waiting to see how they figure out our electric bill. It should be very interesting.
We promised you one more restaurant review from here. Sunday night, the folks decided they wanted Italian for dinner. Mama didn't have much time to research it. She likes to look at the reviews and the menus. She found the reviews for D'Angelo's Ristorante, but not a menu. The reviews were good, so off they went. The restaurant is located in a strip mall. When you enter the restaurant, there are black and white wedding photos on the walls. They are very old photos. Mama thinks it is the founder and his wife. They went through another door that lead to the dining room. Mama said she felt undressed in jeans and a greyhound t-shirt, but she noticed other people wearing shorts and t-shirts. The tables are covered with white table cloths with candles. The walls are painted dark brown and there are more black and white wedding photos on the wall. In the center of the wall is the family tree. She thought that was pretty unique.
|Chicken Marsala $16.95|
|Pasta with creamy garlic sauce and mushrooms|
Dad ordered Veal Shrimp Luigi with roasted potatoes as his side.
|Veal Shrimp Luigi $18.99|
Bread is served with an oil dipping sauce. At first, Mama wasn't sure she liked it, but the more she ate, the more she became addicted to it.
The restaurant is a little pricy for Mama, but she liked the food so much that she was happy they had eaten there. She would love to eat here again. The food was excellent and the service was very good.
We hope we like our new campground. We have enjoyed the fenced area here. Scout and I check out the pee mail twice a day. We tried out some of the agility equipment. Scout is pretty good at jumping over the bars. I just knock them over. Scout laughs at me because they are only 2" off the ground.
|Lake when you enter the park.|
|Scout resting again in her favorite spot. The grass was wet and she didn't care. People keep asking us if she is okay.|
|I am still on alert for loose pigs.|
|Scout excited about something. Mama says she looks young here.|
|Me being serious because I a still on alert.|
We will blog again when we reach our next campground which is the last on this years' HUGE adventure.
The Greyhound Who Is Ready For The Windy City
Thursday, August 30, 2012
|See, it's a real train.|
|Inside the train|
|Train volunteer said this is an eagle's nest. He watches it all year long.|
|Roadhouse BBQ Burger|
Dad ordered the Raider Burger- which is ½ lb. burger, topped with bacon, cheddar cheese, fries, hot wing sauce, jalapenos, onion tanglers and blackened with cajun spices. He had the fries. The fries were very good.
|Raider Burger - not a very good photo|
After lunch, they did more touring around the park. Even after three visits, they have not seen it all. The park has farmers markets and one farm even has crafts and trades demonstrations such as glassblowing, pottery, blacksmithing, candle making, basket making, broom making, etc. Mama would have liked to have seen that, but there just wasn't enough time. They drove to a few overlooks and Mama said there was a beautiful area that had a small waterfall. Unfortunately, the pictures of that area do not show it's true beauty. Mama said she knew the photos would not show the detail she wanted them to show. It is a very shady area and the beauty did not come through the camera lense.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park is fun place to visit and it's FREE!
We have one more restaurant review to share with you, but we will save it for tomorrow.
The Greyhound Who Thinks He Should Be Allowed On The Train
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
After visiting President Garfield's House, the folks set out to find some covered bridges. Mama realized on Friday that finding the bridges was not going to be as easy as she had thought. She had a list of all the bridges, but the directions just said how far each bridge were from each other. It didn't say which direction to go. A map could be ordered for free but it could only be delivered by mail because it is a tri-fold. We are not sure why they just can't copy both sides of it and send that by email. It seems easier than mailing them. Mama saw that there was a map that could be ordered for $3.95, but again, it needed to be mailed. She called the visitors center to see if they she could buy the map in person any where. She left a message as the voice mail she reached told her to do, but no one returned her call. The visitors center is closed on Saturday. She called on Friday. So, they set out with the GPS set to the town the first covered bridge was said to be in and since the bridge seemed to be named after a road, they entered that. BINGO! They stumbled upon a sign that said "Covered Bridge Tour". They followed the sign.
|Netcher Road Bridge - built in 1998|
|South Denmark Road Bridge - built in 1890|
|Caine Road Bridge - built in 1986|
|Graham Road Bridge. This bridge has been moved to land after it was washed downstream in the flood of 1913.|
|Root Road Bridge - built in 1868|
|State Road Bridge - built in 1983|
This is what we did while the folks were out having fun.
The Greyhound Who Loves Living On The Road
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
I have to admit that I really did not know anything about President Garfield. Jeff admits that he did not either. President Garfield was our 20th President and was shot four months into his term. He was shot in his back and his arm. If the doctors had left him alone, he would have survived. He was shot in a train station and doctors immediately laid him on the dirty floor and started sticking their fingers into his wounds. Reports say that twelve doctors had their unsterilized fingers and instruments in his back searching for the bullet. He died 80 days later of a body that was full of infection. He weighed 210 pounds when he was shot and died weighing 130 pounds. He never left the hospital after being shot. We will never know what type of President he would have become. He died at the age of 49. He looked much older than that when he was elected President.
I just found an interesting fact that I would like to share. Abraham Lincoln's son, Robert Todd Lincoln, was at the scene of the shooting. According to this article, he was at the scene of three of the four presidents that have been assassinated. Isn't that strange?
I have to admit that I wasn't all that excited about seeing his home. I love looking at old homes, but I really didn't expect much. There really wasn't much about his home on the National Parks Service website. One of the reasons we decided to see it was so that we could get a "passport stamp". LOL The Park Service really needs to add some photos of the home because it is beautiful!
When we arrived a the home, a large tour had just completed and there was no one else in line. Jeff and I were given a personal tour. I probably asked too many questions, but I didn't want the tour guide to think we were not interested.
Pictures were allowed as long as a flash was not used. I took over 60 photos, so this is just a fraction of what I took.
|Back of the house. His wife, Lucretia, expanded the house after his death.|
|Front porch - he did campaigning here.|
|Wall paper on the ceiling - the wall paper has been replaced with an exact reproduction.|
|James & Lucretia's Bedroom|
|Dining Room - the plates were painted by Lucretia. The tiles were painted by Lucretia and the children.|
|This tile was painted by Lucretia - She was quite artistic.|
|All the books belonged to President Garfield. None are duplicates.|
|Look at the wood work on this ceiling!|
|More books. Where did people get books back then? It seems like it would be hard to collect them.|
|Fireplace in the library|
|This is the funeral wreath. She had it dipped in wax and it still looks great. It is in the "safe" that she built for his paperwork. The safe is made of concrete, but there were windows (2nd floor) so not as secure as she thought.|
|Windmill that Lucretia had installed which pumped their water.|
|Front of house - it was hard to get a good picture without crossing what is now a busy street.|
|Another view of the back of the house.|
|Stables - this is now the visitor's center|
The kitchen was dismantled before the National Park Service took over and since there are no pictures of it, they will not re-create it. It's sad that the kitchen is no longer part of the house.
Lucretia was a very strong woman and it sounds as if she knew what she wanted and probably drove the contractors crazy.
I learned that a widows stationery showed how much they were mourning by the size of the black border around it. It varied on how long the widows used it, but Lucretia used the thick black border for her remaining days, 37 years. The tour guide said that is the longest that he has heard.
This house is beautiful and is in such good shape. The National Park Service is doing a wonderful job preserving this house for future generations. The admission is $5 a person and I think it is well worth it, plus you can get your passport book stamped. LOL
Ready for the clue of our next destination? Clue #1: We might see a bear.
Mama to Joey and Scout