Up the road ahead…

Back in Kentucky for the holidays.  Will have some blogs from Ohio posted thought the remainder of the year:  For a year in review, check out this video.

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A Christmas Story House – Cleveland, OH

Every year I look forward to the marathon showing of the 1983 classic, A Christmas Story. Though set in the ’40s, watching the exploits of Ralphie and his quest for a Red Ryder BB gun reminds me of snippets of my childhood. I received my Red Ryder when I was about 10. I recall shooting it for the first time under the back porch light. The sun hasn’t even risen on a chilly Christmas morning, yet I couldn’t wait to fire that BB off into a cardboard box target. “My father[…]

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Kentucky Horse Park – Lexington, KY

It is all too easy for someone as impatient and restless as I to overlook some of the best things our country has to offer that are right under my nose.  The Kentucky Horse Park would certainly fall into this category.  I round out the 2018 travel season for a couple of weeks at the Horse Parks’ campground. There have been horses on this ground for more than 200 years. In 1777, Patrick Henry, then Governor of Virginia, granted 9,000 acres of land in the Kentucky Territory to his brother-in-law as[…]

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Soap Box Derby – Akron, OH

“Load em Up” “Hop on In!” “Handlers in the red box” “Good Luck Champs!”  The official Soapbox Derby race starter announces as he pulls back on the release bar. They’re Off Sami and Kayla, two tween-aged girls, along with their soapbox derby cars, begin inching away from the starting post, building up speed as they head down the nearly 1/4 mile track toward the finish line.  Dads look on from atop the hill as moms eagerly await their focused and determined but also giggling girls at the bottom. Since 1936,[…]

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Punxsutawney, PA

I love when a town has a mascot, a theme, a point of pride, and doesn’t take itself to seriously. Like Roswell, NM and its aliens, catfish in Belzoni, MS, or manatees in Crystal River. Punxsutawney, PA is that kind of town. Embracing the time-honored tradition of using a groundhogs’ prognostication of the coming of spring. The town is all about the groundhog as witnessed by the dozens of groundhog statues, Phantastic Phils, scattered around town. Gobble, Gobble I begin my towns exploration by traveling along a narrow windy road to a crest of a hill. Here[…]

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Flight 93 Memorial – Shanksville, PA

It is certainly a surprise when I begin seeing signs for the Flight 93 Memorial. I have a jam-packed itinerary for Pennsylvania and somehow this venue never hit my radar screen.  My campsite is only an hour away and now I consider this a must see. Fittingly, it is a gloomy, cloudy, rainy day when I arrive at the memorial.  The black sidewalk into the visitors center follows the flight path of Flight 93.  This flight path continues through to an overlook, passes the Wall of Names along with a mowed[…]

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Little League Baseball Museum, Williamsport, PA

So, mom asks “Where are you going today?” Williamsport, PA, mom. “Oh yeah, what’s there?”, she further inquiries. The Little League Museum. “Why are you going there?  You don’t like kids, you didn’t play Little League, and you don’t even like baseball” Asked in only a way a mom can ask. I don’t have a good answer other than because it’s there and it’s a Supergraphic. So with that, I check it out with no preconceived notions or expectations.   It’s always a weird feeling when I’m the only customer in a venue.[…]

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