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!