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Sep 2, 2013 - all alone

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...

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Aug 30, 2013 - the end of the summer

The Labor Day holiday used to be bitter sweet; the last weekend of summer before school and work started in earnest. We used to spend hours and hours on Friday night sitting in parking lots of expressway working our way to the Michigan lakeshore where Ken's mom rented a cabin. And as we tore home on Labor Day, hopefully ahead of the rest of the bad traffic, we knew that it was time to get serious and act like adults once again. As retired RV'ers, we don't like to make definite plans too far out into the future, but we knew that if we didn't...

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Jul 19, 2012 - Maumee Bay State Park, Oregon, OH

Just to let you know we haven't dropped off the face of the earth. Just running behind on the updates because of poor internet connections along the way. We are currently in Colchester, Vermont. We arrived here on August 3rd and will leave on the 10th. Kathy is real happy about being in the area where she was born and grew up and will be visiting all the areas she remembers. I will be working diligently to catch up with the updates. We left Bremen the morning of July 19th and headed to Maumee Bay State Park for a two night stay. The park is...

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Apr 6, 2012 - Day #48

Day #48, April 5, 2012, Thursday: Awoke this a.m. thoroughly disgusted with the weather, cold and wet, temp dropped to 6 C and a lazy wind blowing right through you. Really wanted to reverse course, first time in long pants and sweaters in about 40 days. Wasn't long before a little bit of sunshine changed our attitude as we motored up US 68 catching a big part of the “Bluegrass Horse Farm” tour along the way – beautiful! Dogwood & Redbud in full bloom. Continued on #68 right up to Findlay, OH, enjoying seeing Tennessee & Ohio with their...

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Sep 20, 2009 - Saturday/Sunday

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge was open to an auto tour yesterday, which means parts of the refuge that is normally closed was open to visitors. The tour opened at 6:30 a.m.; we actually set the alarm for six and discovered it is still dark (!) at that time. We left here a little after eight and didn't get home until almost five. There were lots of marshy areas with some waterfowl. Most of the waterfowl were female or immature, which means they are difficult to identify. The plumage is brownish and dull and they all look alike! There were...

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Sep 18, 2009 - Tour of Toledo

Glen had determined it was time to have the tires on the Saturn rotated. The tires were purchased at Sam's, so the rotation needed to be done there. He looked up the nearest location on the internet. We put the street address in the GPS and started out. We arrived at the location and no Sam's! We decided there wasn't enough business there (there were lots of empty buildings in the neighborhood) so Sam's had moved out and there was a big sporting goods store in the building. Glen stopped at a shop and looked in a phone book for a Sam's...

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Sep 17, 2009 - We're Back!

After being at East Harbor State Park, we are back at Maumee Bay State Park. We felt we had seen about everything at East Harbor, and we like this park better! "Perry's Victory and Peace International Memorial" was visibile from the beach area of East Harbor State Park. The memorial is 352 feet tall, 47 feet taller than the Statue of Liberty. There is an elevator to the top of the memorial, but it is only accessible by ferry, boat, or airplane. The ferry or airplane would take you to South Bass Island, and then you would boat to the...

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Sep 13, 2009 - Day of Rest!

Glen's hip/muscle is still very sore, and he decided to stay off of his feet as much as possible to give it maximum rest. He hasn't figured out he strained/hurt his hip but it is sore. We extended our stay at Maumee Bay State Park for one more day. There was lots of football on television to watch. I read, which is just fine with me, as there are always books to read! Take care.

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Sep 12, 2009 - Quiet Day

No pictures today! We drove Highway 2 eastward along the "coast" of Lake Erie. We were on the quest for some national wildlife refuges. The first was Cedar Point, but it was "walk-in" only, no roads or visitor centers. The second stop was at Cooley Canal,which is not a wildlife refuge, but worth of a stop. The canal serves as a route for boats to Lake Erie. There was a parking lot; we were able to get out and look at Lake Erie. Lake Erie is a very shallow lake. The western basin has an average depth of only 25-30 feet; the central basin is...

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Sep 11, 2009 - Another Beautiful Day!

There's a monarch butterfly shelterhouse at the nature center here in the state park. I went in the monarch house yesterday and checked it out again this morning. The photo of the monarch is in the house. I tried getting a photo of the tree branch that was lined with monarch pupa (the final cocoon stage)but the camera wouldn't focus on a single pupa. The monarch butterfly migrates to Mexico each fall. What a trip for such a fragile thing. We walked the two-mile boardwalk this morning. It was interesting as the state park was once park of a...

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Sep 10, 2009 - A Jewel of a State Park

We departed Harrison Lake State Park this morning and drove about 90 minutes to Maumee Bay State Park, Oregon, Ohio. Maumee Bay is just east of Toledo; Lake Erie is just over the sand dunes. The state park is a jewel. Some states could take lessons from Maumee Bay. The sites are separated by flowering brush and/or trees--no close neighbors;and concrete pads. There is electric hook ups only, but that's okay with us. We can and do carry a full tank of water. We looked around the park this afternoon. There is a visitor's center with a...

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