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Put In Bay, Day #3

Aug. 14th, 2004 | 11:00 am

Put In Bay--Day 3

Today it rained...almost all day. It was cold. I was glad I'd packed jeans and a sweatshirt and two ponchos. We ate breakfast and then went back to our room and let it rain. I'd made sure we'd packed books and things to do in case this happened. A few days earlier, when I'd checked the weather report, it was supposed to rain all week!

We were going to go to Gibraltar Island at 1:15pm on the water taxi. We left about 11:45 to go to the Historical Society where there were displays from the Victory Hotel and models of ships and boats. There were photos and write ups of the buildings, including the ones that burned down, were there, too. We also watched a video on the History of South Bass Island (AKA--"Put In Bay").

We were at the water taxi at 1:30 and over to the island by 1:40. There is an Ohio State Laboratory over there....they do a lot of biology and have classes and workshops. There were 15 of us who went over for the tour of the facilities (they're trying to let people know that they're there and offer classes) and the whole island, which isn't that large. We were able to see the lab from across the lake and it was nice to see it up-close. Our guide (who teaches there) showed us around the island. We saw Gibraltar House, where the laboratory staff lives when the island is open (spring, summer and fall quarters). By this time, it had stopped raining and was just over-cast.

We got to see Cooke Castle. Jay Cooke bought the island for $4,001 back in the late 1800's. The "castle" was built in the 1860's and it reminded us of a local mansion that was built around the same time and it's being fixed up. It even smelled the same. We got to go into the first floor.

Then, we saw Perry's Cornerstone, wehre Jay Cooke started his own Perry's Monument--before one was built on South Bass Island. We also went to Perry's Lookout, where we saw the swimming hole (it's still used by students today) and "The Needle's Eye"....a rock formation that was formed when a rock fell over on top of a rock already standing in the lake. From the lookout, you could see all around on the lake. Our last stop before going back to the lab was a stop at the glacial grooves. At the lab, we looked at lake water under the microscope and saw fish head. It was a 2 hour tour and well worth the fare to get over there and the $10.00 donation there!

Back on Put In Bay, we walked around and looked in more shops before they closed. At one shop, I found a writing set. Shane had purchased this beautifully bound book for me in Athens. It was covered in short blue velvet and looked Indian (the country). The pages didn't have any lines and looked like it should be written on with a fountain pen. I've used fountain pens with cartridges and ones that you have to dip in the pot and suck the ink up. I've also used a dip-only pen to out-line a picture I painted back in 7th grade.

This writing set had 2 pens and a total of 8 nubs for the pens and it also had a glass pen! I'd never seen one before. The lady told me that the ink goes up into the swirls on the pen and comes down as you write. It also had 6 different colors of ink and a stick of sealing wax, with three different seals and a melter. It was 20% off and Shane convinced me that I would be kicking myself later if I didn't get it. So...I got it! I can't wait to try it out! I need a writing desk like in "Driving Miss Daisy". Wait...I HAVE one...only it's a "secretary" and keeps other things....and nothing having to do with writing.

The sun finally came out and we got to see a beautiful sunset over the lake! I took pictures, but they didn't do it justice.

Put In Bay, Day #2

Aug. 14th, 2004 | 11:00 am

Put In Bay--Day #2

Today was also a wonderful day. We rented a golf cart. I hate to drive those things so Shane did all the driving. We went to Perry's Cave and bought tickets for the 10:15 tour of it. While we waited, we played putt-putt: "The War of 18 Holes".

Perry's Cave was nothing spectacular like Mammoth Cave, but it was interesting. It was pretty large and the ceiling was rather low. I didn't have to duck (5'2"), but Shane did. There was also an underground lake there. It was clear and it was filtered water from Lake Erie. It looked about 2 feet deep, but the guide said it was deceptive looking and was really 6 feet deep! It was very cool down there and I could really feel the heat and humidity as we walked back up.

There was a dime flattener there, so we flattened our first dime. Our next stop was next door at the Butterfly House. There was a penny flattener there with 4 designs. They had a shot glass, too! It was really neat--it was like a green house...with butterflies! I was wearing a bright reddish/orange shirt and as soon as we walked in, one landed there on my shoulder! It stayed there long enough for Shane to take several pictures of it. The butterflies were so pretty! I took several pictures of them and I had ONE picture that was enlargement-worthy.

Our next stop was right across the street at the Heineman Winery, where we bought tickets for the tour of it and Crystal Cave. Crystal Cave is the world's largest geode. It was discovered when they were trying to dig a well years ago. There are stairs down into it and huge crystals and room for people to walk and stand! We toured the winery again and they talked about their wines. They've added a few wines since we were there last in 1997.

We got a token for a free glass. I had a very dry red and Shane got a very sweet red. I had the bartender sign my shirt! We sat down and made a list of the wines we wanted to fill a whole case for a 20% discount. We ordered it and took it back to our room. It was very heavy!

After that, we continued to browse the shops and I got a drink whenever we came across a bar on the shirt. We went to the old fish hatchery and looked around there and then we went driving out on the semi-residential part of the island. We found the campground/beach where the Victory Hotel used to stand. That's one strange thing about the island...everything burns down! We took the train tour back in 1997 and the guide would say, "This is where the first school house stood....but it burned down.....This is where the Victory Hotel stood....but it burned down....This is where this other hotel stood...but it burned down.....This is where the Firehouse was...but it burned down!" It got laughable after awhile! When Shane made a comment about how everything seemed to burn down to the Perry's Cave guide, he said that it seems like any large structure on the island burns down.

We found Joe's Bar...a little out of the way bar that also had a shot glass. I also bought a shirt there. We didn't eat there...and we didn't get back there, even though we wanted to. It was so out of the way that it wasn't even on the t-shirt! We finished up the bar crawl through out the day and one lady commented at our last stop, "You don't look like the type to do a bar crawl."

Put In Bay!

Aug. 14th, 2004 | 10:45 am

Finally, I'm writing in here. Here's how the trip to Put In Bay went so far:

We left on Friday morning and on our way up there, we stopped at Castalia--home of the Blue Hole. That's what it is--a big blue hole. The water is 22 feet deep (and looks blue) and it's 50 degrees or so year round, fed by underground streams. They use water from it for a fish hatchery. It's not the original Blue Hole (it closed in the early 90's) but there are several of them around the area. My Grandma remembers going with Grandpa and my mom there. She had made my mom and herself matching dresses that they wore there.

Then, we drove on up to where we caught the ferry to South Bass Island (Put In Bay). We parked the car and dragged our luggage onto the ferry. It was about a 20 minute ride over.

We checked into the B&B we were staying at--The Toledo House. It was really nice and smelled like new carpet!

We looked around in the shops until I found "The Put In Bay Bar Crawl" shirt I'd seen 7 years ago. It has a picture of almost every bar on the front and a place for the bartender's initials underneath, as well as a place for you to sign before you begin and afterwards. My "before" is WORSE than my "after"!! I didn't do the bar crawl in one day, but two. I'm not stupid...I'm no longer in college. I learned that lesson back in January of 1997.

Since it was such a nice day, we went up in Perry's Victory Monument (where the Americans defeated the British in the War of 1812) and saw the Ohio Mainland and the other islands. It's taller than the Statue of Liberty and it can be seen from where we boarded the ferry on the Mainland.

We browsed and got a drink here and there as we meandered our way around. I'm going to have to quit right here because I'm going to have to pull my diary out to remember what all we did!

We also went to the Perry's Monument museum. We were looking for shot glasses everywhere and almost every bar had one! I got one that had all the bars on Put In Bay on it and also one that had all the Lake Erie Islands on it. We were also looking for thimbles, decks of cards and keychains. The family who hosts the 4th of July has 3 daughters and one collects thimbles and another collects playing cards. The other one told me she'd START collecting keychains if someone gave one to her. I found 2 keychains and 2 decks of cards and one thimble. Grandma has an old one that her neighbor gave to her years ago and we're passing that onto the girl who collects them. I enjoy looking for things like that. They've been such great family over the years...hosting us all and including Grandma and Shane and I and even letting me stay down there years ago when I was visiting a friend in Cincinnati.

I started the bar crawl. I'm not in college anymore and I know my limit. I drank 6 drinks over the course of the day. We had an early night. The bed was so soft and both of us slept really well!

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Jun. 29th, 2004 | 07:48 pm

Hey! The first one worked! Let's try for #2!! :D

This is what I was up to today, before getting on-line:

I decided to clean out the green mostrosity bookcase (well, at least the top part...the bookcase part) in the dining room. I'm going to have to take all the books out anyway when we get new carpeting. Incidentally, the carpet place called and the company has JUST discontinued the carpet we liked! >:( They did say they had some very similar to the one we chose, though. We'll just have to go back down and check them out.

Anyways....my husband needs a place to store all of his books and that bookcase hasn't been cleaned out/organized in years. I took one set of encyclopedias (thank you, Jimminy Cricket!) out...the oldest one. I haven't used either in years. I used them a lot in college and HS. I boxed it up and took it in 2 boxes up to the attic. I also took 3 other boxes full of books up there. Now, DH has a whole shelf and a 1/2!!! :) He's going to be surprised when he comes home!

I'm also getting plexi-glass to cover the openings and keep thing from getting dusty and dirty in there. I'm also putting my cute little Longaberger Tree Trimming baskets to good use...putting the thread and needles and clippers and tweezers in them that used to be all over one shelf!

While I cleaned, I actually found cash I didn't know I had in two places....$95.00!!! :D ALRIGHT!!! FREE money!!! Oh...and I found a penny. I added it to my Coke bottle full of them. It's almost full...it's at the top of the bottle "swell". When it's full....I'm going to take it to the bank and have the machine count it! And...I'll take pictures and scrapbook it, too! ;)

It looks so nice now that it's done and organized! I wish I'd taken a "before" picture...like I do when I clean major messes!

Just starting out

Jun. 29th, 2004 | 06:51 pm
mood: optimistic optimistic
music: Silence....and the air purifier running in the bedroom

I'm just beginning the first entry here. I'm not sure if I'm doing this correctly or not. I guess if this post shows up, then I am! :)