Canton, MATuesday, 19th August 2014 So, our holiday here is almost at an end. This is the last full day we will spend in the US. Day 20 of ‘20 posts for 20 days’.No plans as yet for today, just letting it roll out before us. Over the last 6 years we have made 3 trips over the water:
2010 – Road Trip – New York / Boston / Toronto / Niagara Falls
Although we have been to the US many times before, as Shelly’s family all live here, these three trips have been particularly special.
If we could spend time here every year we certainly would.
Blue Jays and Grey Squirrels are fighting over territory in the garden – so noisy! Four dead squirrels have been found over the last few months – have the Blue Jays done this?
Houghton’s Pond is a spring-fed kettle hole pond formed by receding glaciers around 10,000 years ago. The Massachusek Indians fished the pond and hunted in the surrounding forests. Absolutely boiling there today. Had a swim and an amazing turkey, bacon & lettuce hot sandwich !
A quick trip to Target to buy some gifts to take home…& then back to the house for drinks before heading off to Ninety Nine Restaurant for dinner. The final dinner in the US on this trip !
Canton, MAMonday 18th August 2014 The penultimate day of our trip, then only one more full day to go before we have to pack ! Making the most of the good weather and sitting out on the deck in the cooler morning sunshine.
The rep. was really helpful and showed us the interiors of several models. As visitors from England he probably knew we were not there to buy, but was incredibly hospitable nonetheless. All very much appreciated.
Left our hotel at 11.00am to continue the drive home to Canton. The hotel was really packed as there was an air show in Rochester – ‘The Rochester International Air Show’, which probably accounted for the crowds. After several short stops for toilets and gas, we arrived back in Canton at 18.00pm.
Started our journey today back to Massachusetts, after a great visit to Shelly’s parents in West Chester, but to round off the trip we made a journey to Yellow Springs, in Greene County, Ohio, to meet up with extended family for breakfast at Young’s Dairy.
We saw around 10 White tailed Deer on the way…just grazing in the green zones around the highway…wonderful ! Arrived at Victor, just outside Rochester, New York State at around 19.30 and checked into our rooms at the Holiday Inn Express before going out to The Olive Garden for dinner. We like the restaurant as it is mentioned a lot in the ‘Big Bang Theory’. Bath & bed !
King’s Island today – big funfair / amusement park with many roller coasters including The Beast, the longest, largest and oldest timber roller coaster in the US.
Some of the family know the place really well having grown up here in Ohio, so we were able to get around the park really easily. Also, being mid-week, it wasn’t too busy so everyone went on loads of rides. To put it into perspective, Michael Ascolese (16), who came with us, has been to the park on many occasions and once, only managed to get on two rides, due to the long queues. Our family tally for the day was:
Nell – 20 rides
Rose – 19 rides
Steve – 17 rides
Michael – 16 rides
Chris – 5 rides
Shelly – 3 rides
Lesley – 1 ride
…although to be fair on Lesley, she had all the bags, mobiles, sunglasses, food & drink to look after !
The rides we took were:
BackLot Stunt Coaster
Eiffel Tower (more a lift than a ride !)
I went on Diamondback & felt ill for an hour after !
What a brilliant day all round !
We stopped at Bob Evans for dinner on the way home.
We obviously like it there…this must be the 4th or 5th time this trip !
On the drive back through the fields at dusk, Shelly saw a very large White Tailed Stag…I wish I had seen it !
West Chester, OhioWednesday 13th August 2014 Finally I have caught up with myself & am posting on the right day in real time ! Sat in the garden of my parents in law in West Chester, Ohio. The rest of the family have gone over to Yellow Springs where my sister in law’s husband Steve originates from. As much a I would have liked to go to Yellow Springs with them, I really need some down time. Spotted this great trailer in a nearby front yard !
Monday was my father in law’s 80th Birthday Celebration. We had a party for him at the Ascolese’s house. Before that, Shelly & I had an appointment at the Art Academy in downtown Cincinnati. We met with Kim Krause, Dean of Faculty. He was incredibly accommodating and showed us all around the building. A truly interesting and creative place to begin an art education. Made me wish I was 30 years younger and brave enough to start again !