Down East - Late Summer 2011 travel blog

Put N Bay

ferry

golf cart line up

close up

nautical miles to...

another bar

down town

campground

harbor

Perry monument

another view


Before the final push home, we paused for the weekend in Sandusky on the shores of Lake Erie. Usually the KOA campgrounds are too pricey for us - they offer lots of entertainment and family oriented facilities we do not need - but this late in the season the price is greatly reduced. And they offer nice cabins for our friends to spend the night in comfort. This KOA boasts that it is the closest to Cedar Point, home of one of the most vomitacious amusement parks we have ever been to. Its roller coasters boast that they are the highest, fastest, most upside downiest; having been on a few we can heartily agree. As geezers we get really reduced admission rates to Cedar Point, but after Labor Day all the shows close down since many of the performers are college students and there was little reason for us to go there today.

Instead we boarded a ferry for a twenty minute sail to Put N Bay on South Bass Island. There are a number of islands off the coast of Sandusky and we could have taken a different ferry to another spot, but we knew about Pu N Bay from our last visit here. Although there are people who live there full time, the main purpose of the island is fun. Cars are allowed, but the island's small size makes golf carts a much better choice. We rented a four seater and spent the day put-putting around. The downtown area had a place to eat, a bar, a shop, a bar, a store, a bar, a bar. You get the pattern.

In the midst of all the frivolity it was a surprise to see a little National Park devoted to a monument commemorating the victory here of Admiral Perry in the War of 1812. It's hard to imagine a time when we were at war with the Canadians/British, but they had a series of forts in the area which is Detroit today. By stationing some warships near Put N Bay, Perry cut off the supply route for these forts and the British couldn't tolerate that. Maneuvering sailing ships firing cannons must have been very difficult. The battle lasted for hours and the loss of life was great, but Perry's win was a decisive turning point in the war. Since that time our border with Canada has been cordial and peaceful. The saying, "Never give up the ship" came from this battle.

We were surprised to see a motor home on the ferry and looked for its final destination - a state park which had tent sites right on the water and RV sites deep in the woods. A golf course was nearby, so we've put a return visit on the list. This spot would be a pleasant place to linger for a week or so. And there were no bars nearby.

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