DISCLAIMER: LONG POST ALERT
Normally we try to take a big summer trip. In 2015, we took a trip across the country (#48statesover48dates). In 2016, we went west to Galveston and Houston through New Orleans, and then to cooler weather in the Upper Peninsula to Mackinac Island in Michigan. In 2017, we went back up to Michigan and Ohio to escape the heat.
But, this year, we have a teenager, who started working a “real job” at Chick-fil-A, so now we are grounded more than we like. However, we were able to sneak away for a two-week vacation to Ohio at the end of the summer break.
We kicked off the trip with a hike in Cuyahoga Valley National Park (last blog post-https://thomas6travels.wordpress.com/2018/07/24/our-8th-national-park-cuyahoga-valley-np/) and headed down to Massillon, Ohio for William’s grandfather’s family reunion.
It was a good time, between the food, kickball game, fellowship, and meeting some family and seeing some that William had not seen in 20 yrs.
Though it was supposed to rain, we were glad it didn’t.
From there, we headed to Westerville, Ohio for the duration of our vacation.
As usual, we had to make a trip to Easton Mall for Red Robin and See’s Candies. Plus, the kids like to walk around and ask for things that they know they’re not gonna get.
While we always have fun on our vacations, we like to make sure our kids are learning something. And, if you can add free ice cream along with that learning, we are certainly down for it. We took a tour at Velvet Ice Cream Factory in Utica, Ohio. We learned the history of the company, which once was a stop on the Underground Railroad.
The town of Westerville had their 4th Friday celebration with vendors, food, sweets, and some of everything else, so we spent an evening enjoying the activities.
Of all times we have been to the city of Columbus, we’ve never visited downtown, so we made sure to this time. Our first stop was to the Harley where Dad bought his bike and picked up another poker chip to add to our collection.
Then we walked around, enjoyed the German Village, the sights, sounds, food, and architecture of downtown.
Before heading back home to get ready for school to start, we spent the day at the Ohio State Fair. Grandma Shonen spoiled the kids with unlimited rides and money to buy whatever they wanted! They took full advantage of it and loaded up on cotton candy, candy apples, slushies, lemonade, and funnel cakes.
This was our 2nd year going to the Ohio State Fair and we look forward to going back again next year! Until next time…