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Our trip to Ohio and Michigan

I'm sorry it has taken me so long to post these pictures from our trip to Ohio and Michigan. It probably seems like old news now that school is starting up. I have been grappling with some computer issues that I am trying to learn, so I have been choosing to post things with fewer pictures. Hopefully eventually I will get the hang of this program. 🙂

The week after I retired we headed up to Ohio and Michigan. It had been over a year since we were last able to make the trip. Our first stop was to spend the night with Rob's sister Deb and her husband Dan. As per usual they treated us royally and we wished we could have stayed even longer. They are both great fishers and for supper Dan prepared some delicous fish which were caught in Lake Erie. I think he's as good a cook as he is a fisherman.

We also got to see their neighbor, Virginia, who is one of my faithful readers. She had been sick for a while shortly before our visit, so I hope she is feeling much better by now.

We always enjoy sitting out on Deb and Dan's patio while we are visiting with them and enjoy watching the hummingbirds which frequent the trumpet vine in the yard near the patio. We found out on this visit that Deb has been hiding some of her talents from us all these years. She showed us these corn hole boards that she had painted recently.

picture of Deb Dan Corn Hole Boards

I mentioned in a previous post that we were able to spend the day with Rob's mom on her birthday and all of us took her out to lunch at one of her favorite places, Cracker Barrel. Here's a picture of Rob, his mom, and his sister, Deb:

picture of Norma's Birthday 7-11

After our visits in Ohio we continued on to Michigan. Drew was eagerly awaiting our arrival:

picture of Drew Binoculars

We were thrilled to find out that he is going to be a big brother and are greatly anticipating that event.

During the days we visited with Meg, Jim, and Drew we visited a number of our favorite places, including some thrift stores and Randazzo's:

picture of Outside Randazzos 7-11

Here are a couple of shots inside of this lovely market:

picture of Randazzos Vegetables 8-11

picture of Randazzos Vegetables 2 8-11

We did visit a new place however. Megan found tickets to an animal safari in Port Clinton, Ohio for a very good price on Groupon. We drove down there one day and all of us had a very good time. There is an area with some animals in enclosures, a playground, picnic area, pony ride, and a pig race!

The walking zoo had many animals including these llamas and a kangaroo.

picture of Llamas 7-11

picture of Kangaroo 7-11

Here's Drew on the pony ride:

picture of Drew Pony Ride 2 7-11

Here's an action shot of the pig race:

picture of Drew Pig Race 7-11

After eating our picnic lunch, touring this area, and watching a pig race we headed to the drive through part of the safari. The animals were quite tame and we enjoyed getting a close up view of many of them.

picture of Zebras 7-11

picture of Deer 7-11

picture of Buffalo 7-11

picture of Giraffe 7-11

We had some carrots for Drew to feed to the animals and we were all amused when Drew started taking a bite out of each of the carrots before passing them out the window. That's one way to get your kids to eat vegetables.

picture of Carrots 7-11

Megan and Drew came back home with us for a week after our visit up there and on the way back we stopped in to visit my Aunt Nana in Ohio and were also able to see her brother, my Uncle Don who we hadn't seen for many many years. Unfortunately we didn't get any photos that day.

So, as you can see we had a very busy and very blessed trip.


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One place I enjoy visiting when I am in Michigan is Randazzo's. It is a very nice market that specializes in fresh fruits and vegetables. They also have a small bakery, a deli department, and a fresh meat department. It is a veritable feast for the eyes. I wish I had thought to take my camera while I was there so I could include some pictures of all the lovely fruits and vegetables so nicely displayed.

It's always fun to see unusual things there. This time I saw bundles of fresh dandelion leaves and tiny baby artichokes about the size of lemons. I also saw these and couldn't resist buying a few to try:

picture of Green Things Randazzos

Would you like to guess what they are?
I'll give the answer in my next post.


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