I am falling behind! Time to catch you all up!
July 12th we drove 6 and a half hours to Port Clinton. There we drove onto a ferry and rode it over to an island in Lake Erie called South Bass Island. We stayed in South Bass Island State Park. The campsite that I had booked turned out to look entirely different than what was shown on the website, not impressed! The location of the site was only accessible by walking an 1/8 of a mile uphill through one of two other peoples campsites to a high cliff. The tiny area would have barely fit our big tent (which is the one we wanted to set up for the three nights we were going to be there.) The picnic table that was ours was within another campsite all together! It was weird and was not going to work for us. I got online, (because the office was closed by the time we got there) and went slowly to each page on reserve america because the cell signal on the island was awful. I found another site that wasn’t booked for the next two nights. Turned out it had a great view and looked like what I thought I’d booked! The next day I went to the office and the woman was very accommodating with our change request. We just had to move to the next site over for the third night and all was good!
Put In Bay is very touristy. The food mediocre and the prices high. The Put In Bay Brewing Company wasn’t good at all. I had a watermelon beer that tasted like a light beer with artificial flavoring and Phillip’s IPA tasted bland. Disappointed but not all that surprising with San Diego beer being our standard. There were golf carts for rent everywhere which was cute until you dealt with drunk people driving them around and not using signals! The first and last time we ate out were the best of the bunch. The first, we went to a place that had a great cuban sandwich. Phillip had fish tacos and we shared a salad. The last time we went out to eat while there we went to The Boardwalk which consisted of 6 different restaurants along the pier. Cafeteria style, it was a cute place. I had the infamous lobster bisque in a sourdough bread bowl which was delicious! Phillip had a grilled salmon sandwich which he really liked.
Yet another trial of our Put in Bay experience were the 15 mile an hour winds one night that bent our EZ up, which Phillip now renamed The Fussy Up! We haven’t tried to set it up again since as there are pieces broken off but there will probably be duct tape in its future! We got it at Sports Authority and got the warranty, but, unlike REI (whom I wish had EZ ups) you must have the receipt and warranty info in order to exchange it for a new one. And the dummies that we are, didn’t think to bring it along.
One of the days we drove around through the little town we stopped at the Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial. The memorial is a 352 foot tall column in dedication to those who fought in the Battle of Lake Erie.
July 15th we packed up and drove over to the ferry for departure. It was lunch time and because we only had fig bars and chips as easy lunch items at that point we were hoping to find a quick sandwich shop along the way to the ferry. There was a deli at the boarding area much to our surprise. So I walked up the hill to it and proceeded to order from a very limited menu. I went to hand the guy my card and he told me cash only. I asked if there was an ATM nearby and he said in the gift shop next door. I get to the ATM machine and its out of order. We had fig bars and chips for lunch after all! So Put-in-Bay, although beautiful scenery, not that great of a vacation spot unless you bring everything you need for food and just stay in the campground!
Next up on our itinerary was Evangola State Park Campground. We got there with enough time to set up and enjoy a beautiful sunset over the lake view we had, although fenced, still beautiful! There was a group of kids having a party on the beach that night who were up and loud until about 4 am. A bit annoying but slightly comical.
The next day I went for a walk on the beach with Drama while Phillip worked. The beach was sandy but also rocky and full of shale rock walls. Once back from the walk I made an indian dish for lunch. Chicken, potatoes, yellow peppers, broccoli and carrots plus an already made sauce from Costco! Easy peasy in the dutch oven!
While I was backing up, a man in tall galoshes came out of the swampy woodland area beside our camp with a basket full of chanterelle mushrooms. Turns out he is a chef as well as an “amateur mycologist”. He even told us about other things you can eat in nature including the inner stalks of a cat tail. Tearing it down the middle, at the bottom is a soft part inside kind of like an artichoke heart that you can eat.
After we were all packed up we headed off! For that night we decided we’d treat ourselves and stay in a hotel. We booked a room in Albany, NY during our drive. New York is full of toll roads! One of the roads we turned onto we were handed a ticket that told you how much you were to pay at whatever exit you were getting off at. When we got to the pay booth we handed the middle aged guy our ticket.
Guy: “75 cents please!”
Phillip: (hands him our bank card)
Guy: “Cash Only”
Phillip: “ahhhhh……(looks around the car and at me.) We don’t
have any cash, we used the last of our cash including
quarters on buying firewood last night”
Guy: (Looks put out and annoyed) “Okay, I need your license”
Phillip: (he gets out his ID) “I can pay it online right?”
Guy: “Yea, within a week or your license gets suspended” (he
shuffles around inside the booth going through forms)
“Agh, I don’t have any forms. C-YA!”
And that was that! We had a good laugh as we drove away! It does not say on the tickets they hand out at the beginning that they only accept cash. Luckily we found a gas station and took out some cash for the remaining tolls of the day.
The states are smaller over here so we went through New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and into Maine within 6.5ish hours. We took the upper route going through Bennington VT and Keene, NH. When we were in Henniker, NH I had Phillip pull off the 202 so I could find a ladies room. The road he pulled off on just happened to have a brewery! Lucky us! We drove down the road to Henniker Brewing Company. Great Brewery! Excellent brew and dog friendly. We tried each of the brews that they had on tap one at a time while we chatted with one of the brewers. The artwork for the labels are drawn by a couple of employees and all have local historical backgrounds. Before heading off we bought a six pack of bombers that will hopefully make it back to Carlsbad to share with our friends.
We were going to go into Concord to bring Phillip to his first ever barber shop but were talked out of going through Concord all together by one of the brewers. Apparently there was a NASCAR race going on there and traffic would have been horrible. So instead he suggested a great little shop in Henniker. Glad we changed routes and barber shops because Drama met a new friend! Adorable and fluffy!
Next Chapter will be all about Maine! I know I am really far behind but please be patient! I’m really enjoying this adventure!