"Hail Caesar" Creek
September 28-30, 2007

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Caesar Creek State Park

 Easily accessable from Interstate 71 south of Dayton between Cincinnati and Columbus Ohio.

 The park area sits upon the crest of the Cincinnati Arch, the tilted layers of bedrock caused by upheaval of the area millions of years ago. Some of the oldest rocks in Ohio are exposed to the surface in this area. There are layers of sedimentary limestone and shale from a sea floor created hundreds of millions of years ago. This prehistoric sea once covered the state of Ohio. The park is rich in fossil finds that provide testimony to the sea life of this ancient body of water.


The forests of the area are comprised of over 65 species of plants. A northern flood plain forest is found in the valley, while mixed forests of oak-hickory and beech-maple woodlands clothe the ridges and hillsides. Woodland birds, red-tail hawk, white-tail deer, raccoon, red fox and box turtle all make the park their home.

 

 Question: Who would plan to have a Ocktoberfest and a Halloween Party in September?

 

 

Answer: The Ohio Rally group.

 

 

 

We arrived a little late, after spending an hour trying to get through Columbus. We set-up and joined those already there, having a couple of cold hot dogs, potato chips with pumpkin pie cake and several pretzel, Hershey Kisses and candy corn treats for desert. If you're late, you get leftovers.

 

About 11 sites were occupied, most everyone was setting around the campfire catching up and getting to know the three newbie couples that had the guts to join us for the weekend.

As the sun dropped, so did the temperature. It became an early night as we left the fire ring for the comfort of our warm RV.

 

The next day found many in the group heading to the Caesar Creek Flea Market right off of I-71 at Route 76.

Carol and I spent a considerable amount there, at least $10.00 for all our treasures. We came away with a nutcracker, 15’ extension cord, assorted shot glasses, onions, and tomatoes.

 

Not a clock (other than those with batteries) could be found. We returned to the campgrounds early afternoon. We relaxed (napped), knitted, read, watched others do a little RV repairing and a late afternoon bike ride to at least have some form of healthy activity.

 

The Rally theme for the weekend was Halloween and Oktoberfest. Several site were decorated with glowing eyeballs, cemetery headstones, dismembered arms… hands… heads and of course pumpkins and skeletons abound.

There was a 10-foot tall gargoyle standing guard at one site.

 The younger set carved pumpkins while the adults prepared for the evening meal.

 

 

Our nephew, niece and grandniece; Trent, Rosanna and Gabby Johnson stopped by just in time for the Oktoberfest potluck supper.

 

As usual we had great quantities of great food; smoke BBQ pork, bratwurst, sausage, sauerkraut, warm German potato salad, potatoes, pumpkin pie cake, and sweets of every shape and size.

 

 

 

 

 

The only thing missing were lederhosen, beer steins, accordions and Helga’s Om-Pah’s.

 

 

 

There was a diminutive bald-headed butler waiting to serving candy treats should any trick-or-treat’er stop by.

(Can you spot him in one of the photos?)

 

For part of this early celebration of Halloween, those who wished to, changed into costumes following supper. Of course, some didn’t really need to change.

 As the bewitching hour approached, pirates and witches, Jason and princesses, Frankenstein’s monster and his lovely bride materialized as other assorted ghouls and goblins began to stroll, fly or slithered in to camp.

 

 

 

 

Prizes were awarded for site decorations, costumes and carvings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

As the full moon rose higher in the east, the night visitors began to disappear.

 

 

 

The world became safe once more.

 

    Our family visitors left for home around 9:30 PM, then Carol and I prowled the campground giving away Carol’s hand painted pumpkins at each Ohio Rally site.

 

The next day, we said our good-byes and departed by noon on Sunday. This may be our last Ohio Rally gathering for the year. There is one more scheduled in October, but we’ll be in North Carolina. 

 

 Good-Bye

However, in January of 2008 we may join-up with the group again at the I-X Center near the Cleveland Airport to drool over the next generation of RV’s, trailers, and coaches. Watch for future Ohio Rally weekend… they are habit forming.

 

"The Journey is the Reward." 

 

 Jim & Carol

 

October 2, 2007