Friday, October 27, 2017

Summer in Ohio, but now on the road: Dayton and Cloverdale

We’re actually on the road as I write. After spending the summer and early fall in Ohio with my Mom, we left on a cool then colder Sunday. Along the way were a couple of downpours and heavy wind. 

Our first destination was the Fam Camp at Wright Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton.  We’d never stayed there before, but didn’t stick around long enough to explore the base or the city. After packing all morning, driving in bad weather, and getting to Wright-Pat about 5 p.m., we just hunkered down. Jim watched TV, I read, we walked the dogs, and that was it.

The next day we drove to Leiber State Recreation Area in Cloverdale, Indiana, for another one-night stay. We've been there in the off season before, and the place was empty. So I didn’t worry about reservations. This time we got a spot, but the campground was hopping with children, dogs, and teenagers dangling off the beds of pick-up trucks. Turns out 1) local kids are in year-round school, and this was their break; 2) two nearby towns were hosting covered bridge festivals and 3) the campground was getting ready for a Halloween celebration. They were busy.
Daughter Ashley and granddaughter Mia visited us in Ohio during the big solar eclipse. That's Mom in the middle and me on the right.
Arlo in a 50 foot by 50 foot dog run built by Jim, Bob (my brother) and me in Mom's back yard in Ohio.
Maddie at Mom's front window. She's standing guard for field mice, crickets, killdeer, the occasional stray cat, and anything else that ventured into Mom's lawn.

The women's restroom at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, where the hand dryer on the right was a little high for me.

Entering Indiana. Per the sign, Ohio says "Come back soon." We will.
Campers gearing up for Halloween at Leiber State Recreation Area in Cloverdale, Indiana.  This is not a park display -- these are decorations brought along by campers.

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