It's rained every day we've been here at Maumee Bay, but like Camelot, it only rains at night. This hasn't bothered us at all, but for campers trying to pack up their tents and gear this morning, it was a major inconvenience. Once they get home they will have to lay it all out to dry to avoid mildewing. As we eased our way into the day with a mug of coffee, a steady stream of rigs passed by on their way out. We ran into a clot of them at the sole sewer dumping station in the park. By leaving tomorrow, we shouldn't have to wait at all.
Once the sun broke through, it brought cooler temperatures and much drier air. We hope we can drag this weather improvement along with us as we head inland and south the next few days.
Our final day here we explored the peninsula that leads out to scenic Marblehead lighthouse. We drove through ferry towns like Port Clinton where people travel to nearby islands for a nearly car free experience. The most famous town on the islands is Put-N-Bay, which we have enjoyed a few times and would have been happy to visit again with our bikes. But this is also the site were Admiral Perry defeated the British in the Battle of 1812 and fifteen tall ships gathered this weekend to reenact this historic battle boasting Perry's line, "Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes." Put-N-Bay is a heavily touristed spot on a normal weekday and thousands of extra battle reenactment spectators would have made it overwhelming. We also wondered how much you really could see from the shore. So we moseyed up and down the peninsula, inspecting the other state parks we could have chosen for this Labor Day weekend. The area reminded us of Door County in Wisconsin. In the distance we could see the enormous roller coasters of Cedar Point amusement park. We went there once and once was enough. All the state parks were nice, but we returned home to our empty lane content that we had chosen the best spot.
There are so many places to camp along the lakeshore. We would like to take a few of them with us as well as we look down the road into West Virginia where we plan to be tomorrow. There are very few campgrounds in the entire state and none where we want to stay. We've head that you are allowed to boondock at the state's handicraft center, so that's the goal for tomorrow. The weather is so nice it would have been fun to play the links golf course here once more. Next time.