Another Trip? 'Hale' Yes! travel blog

Dad, Mimi, Mom and Melanie as we arrive at Sarah's Vineyard for...

Doug and Jeff look like bodyguards for Mel as her husband, Bob,...

These two have become good buddies since the treacherous kayaking trip we...

I loved all the contrasting colors and the different textures we saw...

Dad and I listen as someone at the table tells an amusing...

There is part of "The Donnelly Clan" enjoying a wine tasting session...

My niece Kristen, all dolled up and out the door to meet...

This was one of our get-togethers at the RV park for an...

There's my "Baby Brother", Brian giving us his best "Cheese-Face" grin!

Kristen and her good friend, Cassie, seem to be enjoying the group....

My nephew, Ryan, loved being outdoors and listening to all the family...

Stephanie cuddles up to Brian for this adorable shot.

Everyone gets ready to pedal the Towpath Trail in the Cuyahoga Valley...

Here are our buddies from Traverse City. This adventure should be a...

All saddled up and ready to go! Once again, notice the beautiful...

This is a remnant of the stone lock constructed between 1825 &...

Doug stands perilously close to the edge of the old stone lock....

There's He-man, Brian..."able to leap tall buildings in a single bound"!

The trail led us through dense wooded areas and several tunnels along...

As we all stood there we heard a loud "PFFFFTTT!" and looked...

It looks like he's calling "Biker Assist"! But actually Jeff is fielding...

A whole colony of turtles sit on a log in the marshy...

The trail looped along the river's edge giving us a beautiful view...

This Snow Goose woke from a nap and spread its' wings in...

This huge turtle just hangs out under the Beaver Marsh Boardwalk waiting...

You can see the reflection of the kids gazing down at the...

Mom and Dad met us along the way and brought a picnic...

Szalay's Farm Fresh market was bustling as the corn arrived. You can...

You could relax in these rocking chairs made from a tractor seat...

Stephanie cracked us up as she went for a ride on this...

There's Brian...The Amazing 3-headed man!

This Blue Heron was not camera shy at all. He seemed to...

I couldn't stop halting the ride so I could capture all the...

This was interesting when a man drove his truck and trailer down...

We needed to sand and refinish some furniture due to all the...

After all the rain and humidity our wooden furniture was showing signs...

Jeff worked wonders in finding this Jeep and arranging for all the...

My sister, Colleen, and her guy Ken joined us for an evening...

Our RV park had a fishing hole where these folks were hoping...

We had an early birthday celebration for Ryan and Mom as their...

Doug is really putting his heart into a rousing rendition of "Happy...

Colleen and Ken hosted a dinner for us at Jackalope's, located at...

Jeff, "He's a bear of a man", but truly...this looks like him...


We arrived in Ohio under sunny skies (unlike the last time we visited and our motorhome sunk in rain soaked grass!). I have been looking forward to this part of the trip because I would now get to spend time with my parents, my 3 sisters and my brother. My sister, Melanie, drove from Canandaigua, New York to spend the weekend with all of us. It was a boisterous and fun reunion!

We visited a local winery called Sarah's Winery which just opened its' tasting room in April. What a fun afternoon we spent, sipping wine, dining on a light meal and making one another laugh as we retold the different stories of our childhood.

Another day we rode the Towpath Trail through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The path was constructed from 1825 to 1827 as part of the old Ohio and Erie Canals. It was once traveled by mules and horses as they pulled boats through the canal and past a stone lock which raised and lowered the boats for navigation along the waterway. It is one of the most breathtaking places of natural beauty that I have seen! We set off on bikes to pedal the first 8 miles of trail that led us across the Beaver Marsh Boardwalk. This was built to bring nature lovers up close and personal with the wildlife and plant species that are found here. At noon, we met Mom and Dad at a local farmers market for lunch. Mom and Dad didn't feel up to biking with all of us, so they volunteered to make a picnic lunch and meet us at the midway point. It was a great way to include everyone.

Another highlight of the week was the day we spent at the Bridgestone Invitational World Golf Championship. This event was held at the beautiful and historic Firestone Country Club and includes the world's best golfers. The day was hot and humid but we didn't mind too much every time we got to see Tiger Woods tee off! My sister, Mimi, is a huge Phil Mickelson fan so we followed his progress around the course. Unfortunately, he didn't win, that victory went to Tiger as he claimed his 6th Bridgestone Invitational title on Sunday! I wish I had photos of the day but security was so tight that they "wanded" us and prohibited any purses, cameras or even bottled water. So you'll just have to take my word for it that we were there.

We were together as a family every day and had our meals together each night, so I got a good dose of love, laughter and closeness to last me until we gather again!



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