The happy point of the weekend was we had HOT water to shower with and NO line!! Yep that MADE the trip. Normally when we have gone camping it has been COLD and we only shower the first morning and then shower when we get home the next. But this time was so much better, the water was so hot I had to turn it down!
The people had we thought went to the wedding the night before - all dressed up again and leaving at 6:55 AM. Again - I have never seen people get so dressed up from a tent!
We had a VERY yummy breakfast – after a little panic that the power at our site wasn’t working. But Dave reset it and it was good to go! Dave made scrambled eggs, pancakes, and sausage link for breakfast – very yummy! At first I was concerned about the shake and pour pancakes, but they ended up being very good.
So what do you do at 7:15 on a Sunday while camping? Dave thinks fishing is a good start. I think reading and dozing in and out is the better option! And in my relax and go with the follow I don’t know much on timing for the rest of the day! I just know we went a BUNCH of different places.
Brandywine Falls - This was my pick, one of the reasons we picked the park to stay at. I have no clue how I even found out about this place but I have been looking at it on-line for months. This also added another National Park to my list! Brandywine Falls is part of Cuyahoga Valley National Park. We ended up not going down into the riverbed of the falls but had a great time! We walked to both of the main observation desks and looked around and took pictures for awhile. It was a very nice park, they had wood walkways and stairs up and down.
Blue Hen Falls - On our way out of Brandywine Falls I saw the words somewhere else on the map and decided we needed to go! So we looked it up online via the phone and found out where that one was. We learned that Dave’s GPS does work with coordinates! At this park it was more trail walking. Again we decided we didn’t want to go down in the riverbed but we did go to the top of the falls and took some pictures of smaller falls at the top.
After Blue Hen Falls it was Dave’s turn to pick our next stop, he wanted to go to Painesville he had been there for work MANY times but wanted to go for fun.
$2.10 large water - On the way to Painesville I needed to stop to use the restroom, so we stopped at a Mickey D’s so I could get a cheeseburger too. While I was in the rest room Dave went ahead and ordered me a sandwich, but I also wanted a water. So I ordered a large water and French fry, the cashier informed me that she could give me a free small water but anything bigger would be the same price as a soft drink, which was $2.10 for a large. Uhhhh, no thank you please cancel my order. I was NOT to happy, I think that is CRAZY – really $2.10 for water???
Some park in Painesville that had falls in the name but saw no falls - In keeping with our go with the flow theme we saw a park, it had Falls in the name. It was a down a bumpy dirt road, with lots of people pulled over fishing, playing in the water, and picnicking. We never found any waterfalls, but we had SO much fun. I couldn’t stop laughing for most of the drive. Boy oh boy does my car need a bath after that drive!
Some park in Painesville - Next was the other random park on the other side of the river. Dave wanted to do some fishing so I sat at a picnic table in the park and watched everyone . Dave didn’t catch any fish but I had a nice time watching a family come together for a picnic. A group of kids playing in the water. (To be young again!!) Another family going out in a canoe and kayak. It was nice to see families doing things together, that are free or cheap. Made me rethink some things….back to the basics!!
The beach - At this point Dave realized how close we are to Lake Erie and wanted to see if we could go see the water. So he got on the GPS and looked for a park, it ended up being Headlands Beach State Park, and it was very impressive. It was a HUGE beach, it was a very long walk to the water to say they least!! As we walked down we saw a lighthouse, which of course I wanted to go and see. We walked around for a little bit and then decided to see if we could drive down further on the beach and walk to the lighthouse. It was still a ways down the beach! We got to the end of the beach and thought there was a walkway out to the lighthouse – but NOPE, it was a bunch of broken up rocks and stuff and we BOTH decided that I was not going to be able to walk it. I am very clumsy and trip over my own two feet and didn’t want to end up in Lake Erie!! The walk back was HORRIBLE. It was hot, I was getting hot and tired, and I was bummed because I didn’t get to go out to the lighthouse. I was VERY excited when we got to the car!
Back to Camp – On the way back to our site we stopped by the Lodge and cottages at the park to see what they are like. Always good to know what is available if we go back! Then we had to stop by the Marina again to pick up some ice…and milkshakes! Dave wanted to go fishing again but we decided to start the fire first with what firewood we had left. He went fishing and I decided give pizza pies again. They turned out MUCH better tonight! I ended up laying in the tent and reading and relaxing again. When Dave got back we made s’mores, sat around the fire, and went to bed. Whew – what a LONG busy day?!?!