Tag Archive: Ohio travel

Nov 06

The Merry-Go-Round Museum in Sandusky

Early "Armored Horse"

Sandusky, Ohio is home to a fascinating museum devoted to the history of the carousel and merry-go-round. You will be amazed at the history of the different styles of animals used throughout the years. There are so many subtle variations within the different styles. Another feature is a full sized and working carousel within the …

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Jul 24

Tom’s Ice Cream Bowl

Candy/Roasted nuts counter

Tom’s Ice Cream Bowl is a real off the beaten path gem in Zanesville, Ohio. Sher and I were told to be sure to take in this local treat shop by Alan Cottrill, a local artist. (read about our time with him here.) This favorite shop has been in business since 1948. The history of …

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Apr 14

We shared conversation with Alan Cottrill, master sculptor

The Cottrill sarcophagi

As soon as we had introduced ourselves Alan immediately noticed the small leather medicine bag that I wore around my neck. Understanding proper protocol he did not ask what was carried within. I knew that Sher and I were in for a treat interacting with this gifted and learned sculptor. Alan graciously shared with me …

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Apr 13

We meet the nicest people while traveling

Abe revealed! The molds will be used for the "lost wax" process

We’ve met the nicest people on our travels through the United States. On Monday we were at the Alan Cottrill Sculpture Studio and Gallery. This is located in Zanesville, Ohio and we almost passed by this town as we were traveling on Interstate 70. Rachael Girton has been working at the Alan Cottrill Studio and …

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Apr 09

Melt Bar and Grilled is not your mother’s grilled cheese

My "Backyard BBQ" with beef and thick cut onion rings and cheddar cheese. Tasty!

When our son and daughter-in-law suggested we go to Melt Bar and Grilled in Columbus, Ohio, I was a little skeptical. A grilled cheese restaurant? Little did I know how surprised (and satisfied) Sher and I would be after dining at this unique eatery. Grilled cheese? Yes. On thick Texas toast. Any cheese you want. …

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Apr 07

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Columbus Ohio


The Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Columbus, Ohio is a most remarkable facility. Nestled in the beauty of the Franklin Park, the Conservatory houses a wide varitey of fauna from all over the world. Different ecosystems are represented in different “rooms” within the massive structure. Himalayan Mountain fauna is found in one of …

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Oct 02

You never know what you’ll see

The whole rig is covered in paintings. The more you look, the more you see!

This “modified” Class C was set up across from us at a show this summer. Wow. The fellow who drives this did all the artwork/painting himself. He is from Canada and sets up at shows all across the country. You might see him at a festival some time. His rig is hard to miss!

Jul 27

Western Fast Draw Shooters

Fast draw shooters with their six guns ready to compete.

The Annie Oakely Festival took place last weekend. This theme festival is held near Greenville, Ohio, the home of the famed markswoman. It seemed fitting that the Ohio Fast Draw Association International held one of their competition shoots at the festival.

Jun 17

Beautiful waterfall and Nature Preserve

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Traveling in the Columbus and Dublin, Ohio area? There is a little gem of a nature park that you really should see. Nestled in a ravine running into the Scioto River in Dublin, Ohio you will find a stunning waterfall in a peaceful setting in the middle of the city. The Griggs Nature Preserve is …

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Apr 13

Shady Trails Family Campground

The camp office

Sometimes you find a campground that, for your use, just works well. Shady Trails Family Campground is near Hillsboro, Ohio and close to Rocky Fork Lake. You can see a portion of the huge lake from the entrance to the campground, and there is a public dock and boat ramps a half mile from the …

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