Just the Two of Us

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Findley State Park


September 14-16, 2007

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Findley State Park

 Wellington, Ohio

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No grandkids, No relatives, No friends, No one... just Carol and me having some quiet time together. We chose a quiet out of the way state park near Wellington, Ohio... Findley State Park.

 The park is relatively small, 838 acres with a 93 acre man made lake that allows only electric motors. It's a small quiet lake, great for canoes and small fishing boats. The park has camping, picnic areas and a swimming beach. Though the weather was not conducive to swimming in September. Sixteen miles of trails make for great hiking.

 

We rode our bikes around the roads and some of the multi-use paths. We circled the lake back to the campground, stopping to do some late season birding.

The morning passed so quickly, we decided to pedal our bikes in to the town of Wellington.

 The town of Wellington's claim to fame is...

 Wellington is the home town of  Archibald McNeal Willard (1836-1918)  the painter of

 "The Spirit of 76" 

The town is very quant and at first glance appears to be stuck back in the late 1890 – 1900’s.

 

 The old homes along Main Street has austere, well maintained, with manicured lawns and original horse stable and carriage house at the rear of the property. The stables overlooked small formal gardens behind the homes.

 

The downtown area is centered around a unique county courthouse,   

 with a roof line  that looks straight out of the Arabian Nights.

 

The town's merchants buildings are as vintage as are the houses. There are construction dates on the facade dating 1873 and 1887.

 

Though there are empty store fronts on the side streets, the main streets of town still thrives.

 On Sunday, downtown Wellington had an Autumn Arts Fair. We parked the RV and strolled the courthouse lawn visiting the various vendors. We spent a whole $18.00...  I purchased an oak bird feeder and Carol found a hand made glass sun-catcher in the shape of a House Wren.

 

Just west of town is the Lorain County Fairgrounds.

The fairgrounds happended to be the site for the 37th Annual LaGrange Engine Show that weekend.

 We had heard steam whistles all day Saturday at the campground, so we had to see what was going on.

 The steam engine show included; a flea market,

 

 

 

 

 

wood carvings exhibits,  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

old time tractor pull,

 

 

 

... various food vendors and of course… old steam powered engines of all manufacturers, sizes and ages.

 

There was also a "Lorain and West Virginia Railroad" that was offering excursion rides during the weekend activities. They have a small steam locomotive pulling two passanger cars and a caboose.

 Had we known in advance, we might have rode the rails that afternoon too. Maybe next time.

 

We left the fairground around 3:00 pm on Sunday. The leisurely drive back home, mostly on back roads, ended a peaceful weekend.

 

"The Journey is the Reward." 

 Jim & Carol

September 17, 2007