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Adrian Orchards in Greenwood, IN- fantastic fun for all!

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Located in Indianapolis, IN is a little gem called Adrian Orchards. It has been open for 90 years and is in its 3rd generation of family ownership. It is home to the Guinness Record Holder for “World’s Fastest Apple Picker” (George J. Adrian who picked 365 ½ bushels (15,351.5 lbs.) of apples in 8 hours on Sept. 23, 1980).
The prices are fair, and the quality is fantastic! They have more than apples too! Some of the freshest tomatoes I’ve been able to find have come from Adrian Orchards. Beyond produce, they offer a variety of jellies, jams, salsa, and apple butter (which is beyond delicious!) And their apple cider is amazing! It is definitely worth a trip if you happen to be near.
They also have yearly events such as the Harvest Fest. This is a local gathering of vendor booths where you can buy foods, gifts, crafts, and direct sales items (like Scentsy, Tupperware, and even Partylite). For the kids, they offer balloon animals, a crafting station, games, mini carriage rides, and animals to look at and pet. They have a pumpkin patch where you can choose your own pumpkin. For Halloween they have the NOT SO SPOOKY HALLOWEEN NIGHTS which takes place Friday and Saturday (the 23rd and 24th from 6-9pm). It’s geared to the younger children and designed for smiles and laughter, not tears and screams. Activities include mini hayrides, face painting, crafts, and a scavenger hunt. All who come in costume receive a prize! (While you’re there, you can stop in and grab some apple butter)
They are seasonal, so if you want to visit, plan your trip accordingly. They open in July and close in or near February. (They base their seasons around the weather so don’t cut it too close if you can manage.) The anticipated harvest dates are posted on their website, so if you do want to plan a trip, be sure to visit the site. (A special note however, the website is updated when events come up so if you want to plan for next year, you will need to visit the site closer to opening time)
Adrian Orchards is a smaller operation so I wouldn’t recommend making a trip for this place alone, but if you’re planning a trip (for several places in Indianapolis) or happen to be in the area, I would absolutely stop by. The country store is beyond charming and full of goodies to take with you. (Have I mentioned the apple butter??)
Overall it’s a pretty cool place full of country charm and tasty things. The staff is always super friendly and very helpful. They’ve even accommodated homeschooling families nearby with a tour of the facilities. (Though if you plan on this, you will definitely want to call them first to make sure they still offer tours) Whether you go grab a few things (seriously, try the apple butter) or just look around, if you happen to stop by you won’t be disappointed.

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Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa, New Mexico-Ahh-mazing!

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One of the things I miss the most about owning a home is my bathtub. I loved to light a few candles, throw some lavender Epsom salts into a steaming hot tub and soak as long as I could stand it. When we hit the road last year as full time RVers, I was promised that I’d get a bath or at least a swim every few months – somehow and some way.

While wintering in New Mexico, I learned about all the geothermal dimensions of the state and was excited about all the natural hot springs throughout the state. A friend suggested I take a closer look at Ojo Caliente in northern New Mexico and I found it to be an Internet reviewed favorite.

Ojo Caliente is a spring, a resort with RV sites, and a New Mexico town. The town is merely a few B&Bs and restaurants. I called the resort for RV reservations several times but the phone just rang into an answering machine. I left several messages but never received a return call. Despite not being able to speak to anyone associated with the resort, we took our chances and headed that way anyway. We figured we could find another campsite if necessary – luckily it wasn’t.

Upon our arrival, I asked to speak to the manager about the telephone issue. He was very apologetic and said weather had been disrupting their phone service. He asked if our purpose of visiting was the hot springs and when we responded yes, he gave us both free passes for the evening. Check-in was seamless and after unhooking the toad we were leaving the parking lot and heading to our site.

We drove through a narrow gate and circled around a dirt roadway to our wooded site. We only saw a few other RV’s and were happy to find that we’d practically have the place to ourselves. Our site was close to a small creek and felt very secluded. Each site has water and electricity but not sewer. There is a dump station available if needed. After setting up camp and having a light dinner, we headed to the springs.

We visited the resort in November so it was rather chilly. We drove to the entrance rather than walking due to the cold air and the fact that it was already dark. There are lockers available in the bathrooms for clothes and personal items. You can use your own lock or rent one from the front desk. The waters have been used for medicinal reasons for centuries. The Ojo website will tell you more.

We changed and headed out toward the large Kiva pool. It is filled with spring fed waters with arsenic and iron. Next to it was a mineral spring that was advertised as good for arthritis with a temperature of 107. We joined the four others already soaking and it was perfect. Once soaked thoroughly, we went to the sauna, where we were grateful for the cold water and soft towels provided by the resort.

Overall, the resort has four different mineral pools and eleven total pools. They also have a mud pool and sauna. The resort was clean and they request that all guests “whisper” so that everyone can enjoy a quiet peaceful experience. We loved our stay at the resort and will definitely return when we are in the area again.

Acadia Boat Tours- Acadia National Park

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There are so many different activities that you can try in and around Acadia National Park. We have enjoyed hiking, biking, and several tours.
Both of us enjoy fishing, so we decided to sign up for a fishing tour with Acadian Boat Tours. They offer a variety of tours including nature cruises, puffins and lighthouses and sea birds, and fishing trips. The trips depart from the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel in Bar Harbor. The ticket booth sits in the Hotel parking lot, and there is a parking area on site for those going on the tours.
We chose a 3 hour fishing trip departing at 5:30pm. The weather was perfect, sunshine and blue skies! We were excited to be going out on the boat on such a gorgeous afternoon!
One very important thing to remember about planning to go on a boat tour is to pack extra layers! The temperature out on the water is typically much cooler than it is on land. Be sure to pack a long sleeve shirt for sun protection, a sweatshirt, and or a warm water proof jacket. We started out wearing long sleeve shirts and jeans. I noticed people boarding the boat wearing only shorts and a T-shirt, they are going to wish they had more clothes!
The boat crew started the boarding process about 15 minutes before departure. The fishing poles were already set up, and spaced evenly around the boat. There were probably close to 25-30 poles. We found a spot on the side of the boat, and stowed our backpacks in the cabin. We had also packed some snacks and water since we were going to be out for several hours. The boat did have a small snack bar with basic chips, peanuts, water, etc. After a brief safety talk from the captain the boat pulled away from the dock into Frenchman Bay.
I noticed there were artificial jigs on the poles. The crew said it is a “jigging boat”, they do not use any live bait. The hooks were not very large, and there were 3 hooks tied on each pole with a weight. We motored out into the Bay. When the boat finally slowed, the captain announced to go ahead and “drop our lines”. During the ride out into the Bay, the crew had come around and explained how to open the bail to let out the line on the pole. There was no need to cast our line out. We just let the line drop straight down next to the boat. We were fishing at depths of 30-60 feet. The line spun quickly off the reel and into the depths.
We moved around the Bay in several locations before finding a sweet spot. The fish were hitting our jigs as fast as we dropped them down to the bottom. People on the boat were pulling fish out 2 at a time on their lines. We finally got a few bites and caught several small Pollack fish. A few other’s caught Mackerel. While moving from spot to spot we saw various sea birds, duck, and lobster traps. There were also a few Bald Eagles that we spotted. The deck hand threw a fish up into the air, and when the Eagle saw it he swooped down to the water and grabbed it with his talons!
Once the sun started setting it started getting much cooler out on the water. We were glad we had jackets to put on! As the sun dropped lower, the captain told us our fishing had come to an end and he steered the boat back to the dock.
We would have liked to have gotten a little more action with catching fish, but overall we really enjoyed being out on the water. We hope to try another one of their tours in the future!
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Great Times in Grayling, MI

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Nestled between two of the most beautiful rivers in North America the little town of Grayling, Michigan, is a gem waiting to be discovered. If you are not an outdoorsy type you may want to pass on by this review, there are no malls, theme parks, chain hotels, or box stores in this town (ok there is a Kmart but it is literally the last “original” small box Kmart). What you do have however is god’s gift to fishermen and women.
Grayling obtained some notoriety in the 40’s when Fred Bear of archery fame opened his Bear Archery factory here. Throughout the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, and early 70’s Bear Archery led the world in Archery equipment, and employed more than 400 people. In 1978 after several years of negotiation with his employees over their request to unionize Fred advised them that if they did he would close shop. Not believing him, in 1978 the workers voted to form a union, in a matter of weeks Fred had closed the doors, firing nearly everyone, and moved the whole operation to Florida where it remains today!
Since 1990 the full time population has remained near 2000 but can swell to many times that during high travel periods in the state.
Today Grayling is most known for hosting the Weyerhauser AuSable River Canoe Marathon. The race is the longest non-stop canoe race in the world and attracts tens of thousands of spectators to the area during the last weekend in July. The race begins at the old Fly Factory and proceeds downstream to Oscoda, Michigan on Lake Huron.
If you are not here to see the race, and don’t want throngs of people I highly recommend the month of June, the last two weeks of June to be precise. As I mentioned Grayling is conveniently positioned between two of the best trout streams in the world. During the last two weeks of June the large Hexagenia limbata or Giant Mayfly begin to hatch and the trout begin to feast. This area of the state tends to be Nearctic (VERY COLD HARSH WINTERS) and it takes until late June for the insect to hatch and the streams and trout to warm up enough to be active.
Just outside of town is the Manistee river the flows the opposite direction and empties in Lake Michigan, both rivers are jewels of solitude and relaxation waiting for you to discover. If you are a Fly-Fisherman you will not be disappointed in either case.
The area hosts many other varied attractions from the simple but pleasing 50’s Diner and Coke museum, to Wellington Farm museum, an active farm/museum dedicated to educating people about depression era farming in the United States. Wellington’s holds several events from Dairy Days to the Antique Tractor show and is sure to entertain and inform the visitor.
Just north of town on M-93 is a testament to the logging industry that built the region. Hartwick Pines State Park is one of the very few remaining old growth forests in the lower 48. The original park was 85 acres but now stands at nearly 50. The park offers walking paths that are paved, which will take you through the stand of towering White and Red Pines. It is impressive to see natural forest still unchanged by human hands. Hartwick pines also offers the Logging Museum which was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in 1934. The museum is a testament to the logging industry and is comprised of two, era correct, logging structures which display a cookhouse and bunkhouse along with the old sawmill which is still operable and runs for demonstrations throughout the year. At the back of the park along the footpaths visitors will find the old Loggers Cathedral, a rustic but beautiful log church with stained glass windows that can be reserved for special occasions.
Grayling is a unique destination, most of the camping nearby is rustic, as is the entertainment. The area is also a top destination for ATV’s and during the winter Snow machines and cross country skiers, thanks to the miles and miles of wilderness trails surrounding the town. Should you choose to come late in the season I advise not visiting between November 15th and December 1st as the area is a prime hunting destination for Michigan’s deer season, so much so that the local school district closes school on November 15th the seasons opening day. Whether you come during the summer or after the snow flies, Grayling and its natural beauty will welcome and entertain you.
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Mussels in Maine

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One of the benefits of spending six months in Maine and being a seafood lover is eating lots of seafood! We have really enjoyed being able to gather Blue mussels right in our backyard
The blue mussel is an edible medium sized mussel with a purple/bluish or even brown sometimes outer shell. The best time of day to gather mussels is low tide. I look for mussels that are about as long as my thumb, 2 inches or a little bigger. I don’t like to pick the very small ones.
Here’s what your need to know about gathering Mussels. Be sure to check your state regulations for shellfish and determine if a license is required before you head out the door. I prefer to wear calf high boots because the sand becomes very muddy at low tide. A nice pair of gloves is also a plus if you are gathering mussels from rocky areas. You will also need a bucket with a lid to carry the mussels in. A plastic cat litter bucket with a built in lid works great!
I have collected mussels from the base of exposed rocks at low tide. The mussels are often attached to seaweed that hangs from the rocks. This is where the gloves come in handy, pushing away the seaweed and reaching into dark crevices. The mussels may be easy to spot, or partially hidden in the sand. I have also collected mussels directly from shallow water, being careful to leave smaller and baby mussels behind to grow. A key rule to gathering mussels is not to harvest more than you will eat.
After you have collected the mussels, cover them with the sea water in the bucket. Some people may prefer to let the mussels soak in the sea water for several hours, giving them time to filter water and “spit out sand”. I like to rinse the mussels in tap water and add about a half a cup of cornmeal to the bucket. The cornmeal helps to push the sand and grit out of the mussel. Every few hours I slosh the bucket around to agitate the mussels. Depending on how much dirt and grit is visible when rinsing, I may add more cornmeal. Typically the mussels soak overnight.
During the soaking process I will also clean the mussels with a scrub brush. This helps to remove any debris, barnacles, etc. The mussel have a “beard” looks like brown threads that should be removed. You can remove the beard with a pinch and twist action of your fingers, pulling the beard to the hinged end of the shell. Discard any mussels that are not tightly closed, or with a cracked shell.
Ready to eat some mussels? Now the cooking fun begins. I use a large pot and depending on how many mussels I have, I may cook them in two batches. I like to add Riesling wine, chopped garlic, chopped onion, and ¼ stick of butter. Once the ingredients are boiling, start adding the mussels. Cover with a lid and within just a few minutes the mussels will start popping open. Be sure to discard any mussels that do not fully open during the cooking process. We like to cook up some thin spaghetti and eat that on the side with the mussels. Delish!
Being able to gather our own food for a meal is a neat opportunity. We have eaten Mussels at least once a month if not more. It’s all part of the Maine experience! Enjoy
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Amazing Oak Park- Minot, ND

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On the north side of Minot North Dakota is a unique city park that is a welcome stop on a hot day. While travelling to Alaska we decided to head north into Saskatchewan at Portal, ND. This route took us from US-2 into Minot. After hitting the city limits we decided to stretch our legs but it was 97 degrees outside. After a few google searches and tips from locals we found Oak Park. At first it didn’t seem like much as there was nothing visible from the entrance except trees and construction, but at the east end of the park the fun was found.
After entering the park follow the signs for the playground, which is impressive as well, and follow the narrow road to the parking area. You will pass some of the parks other attractions on the way but we will get back to those. When you park in front of you will be a clean, modern, and safe playground swarming with little ones. The playground has four play areas spread across more than an acre of ground. On the west side of the grounds are the swings and nestled behind them is the gem of the park. Covering an area about the size of an Olympic pool is a “Splash Pad.” The pad is surrounded by fence and is entirely cemented. In the center of the pad is an assortment of water features including sprinklers, fountains and water jets of various sizes. The features are fairly well spread out but when packed with a hundred or so frenzied kids it can still get a little crowded! The pad is well drained so even your littlest ones will have a safe place to splash and play.
The rest of the park is not to be overlooked, especially during summer weekends. While we were there the pavilion to the south west of the play area was having a medieval music festival complete with a lute playing jester! I was told that most weekends and some week days the park will have various musical performers. Because the music in the park has become so popular the park is in the beginning stages of building a large open air amphitheater in the center of the grounds. In front of the current stage there are several benches, a couple picnic tables, three permanent grills, and a lot of grass for seating. There are also several sand volleyball courts in the park and nice paved hiking trails.
The west end of the park winds along the bank of the Souris River and has many picnic pavilions that can be reserved through the city. The west end of the park also hosts the Girl Scout’s Camp Owetti, which is tucked in the Oak Grove on the south end of the park.
The entire park is a welcome respite on a hot day, whether you choose to play at the splash pad with the kiddos or simply take a stroll through the Oak and Ash trees throughout the park, you will find relief from the heat.
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Inland Seas Education Association Review- What an interesting place

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In the Northwestern end of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula there is no shortage of natural beauty and sights to see. From sprawling vineyard and orchards, to the pristine inland lakes and the massive Great Lakes, and from the hustle and bustle of cities like Traverse City to the small town charm of villages like Northport or Suttons Bay, there is something for everyone.
Some of the most unique experiences you could hope to encounter can be found in this area of the Great Lakes state. The National Cherry Festival draws hundreds of thousands of visitors every year, and the Arnold Palmer designed and named “The Bear” golf course gets its fair share of visitors. However, tucked away in the coastal village of Suttons Bay is the impressive Inland Seas Education Association (ISEA).
ISEA has been educating the public about the value and benefits of Michigan’s massive freshwater resources. But this is no normal outreach program, this program is different. ISEA owns and operates its own mini armada of sailing vessels, led by the regal and impressive namesake the Inland Seas.
The SV Inland Seas is a 77 foot Gaff Rigged Schooner, that is capable of sleeping 12 passengers. ISEA utilizes the ship in a number of ways from taking young school children (more than 100,000 in their history) out on the lakes, to hosting “Women in Science” workshops, University level classes in Bathymetry, Fresh water ecology, and boat handling, and also supporting research through multiple organizations including Lake Superior State University, State University of New York at Fredonia, and the Great Lakes Environmental Research Labs.
The best part about ISEA is that the average joe off the street can wander in to their impressive “office” and be engrossed in Great Lakes history and ecology. The home office of ISEA is a museum and education center which supports the shipborne operations of the association by educating visitors to issues affecting the Great Lakes and its flora and fauna. With tanks holding Sturgeon and Salmon specimen, in addition to their many plant displays, the array of information displayed is remarkable.
The association offers several different sailing packages for you to choose from, in both half day and full day sails. Other packages are available for longer durations but are usually part of programs through an educational institution. For instance the package I signed up for was a course offered by Lake Superior State University. The course was a 6 day research trip in which we departed Suttons Bay and sailed to Beaver Island. After touring Central Michigan Universities research station and taking many water and sediment samples around the island we sailed on to Saint Helen Island in the Straits of Mackinac for another anchorage. We then worked on several projects in the straits area and completed a passage under sail under the massive Mackinaw Bridge before ending the trip in Saint Ignace. During the whole trip all passengers were totally hands on (after careful instruction) in sample collection, logging, species identification, boat navigation and handling, and sail handling. Not everyone has four weeks to dedicate to a whole college course though, so ISEA has offered all of the above in generalized day long trips around Grand Traverse bay and upper Lake Michigan.
The cost of the trips varies between 35 dollars for a half day trip to 1200 dollars for the course I enrolled in. The course provided all accommodation, food, transportation, and a shortened summer college course in Oceanography and Bathymetry. You do not need to be a full time student to enroll. If you are looking for an immersive and amazing adventure, one that very few can claim, look no further than the Inland Seas Education Association. They can be found at www.schoolship.org
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RV Park Review of Wolfs Camping Resort in Knox, PA.

If you are trekking the I-80 Corridor and journey through the state of Pennsylvania, a stay at Wolfs Camping Resort in Knox, PA will provide a well-deserved stop. It’s just off Interstate 80 at exit 53, with easy off, easy on access.

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As you approach the A-frame office, you will be reminded of its history of being a KOA campground in years past. The office provides check in, reservations, groceries, RV essentials, firewood, LP gas, souvenirs, etc.
The campground offers a wide range of amenities. Golfers will notice the 9 hole three par golf course on the entrance road. If you forget your equipment, don’t worry, the office rents clubs and carts. There is a chipping range and 18 hole mini golf also. If you enjoy fishing, the campground has a nine acre stocked lake. On the weekends you will see young and old lined up along the banks of the lake trying their luck. You will also be greeted by the ducks and geese that make Wolf Lake their home. Wolfs has a large heated swimming pool and hot tub for relaxing. The little ones will enjoy the mushroom splash pad. You will also find horseshoe pits, shuffleboard courts, basketball courts, a sand volleyball court and several playgrounds. There is a large arcade with video games, air hockey and a pool table.

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Wolfs Camping Resort provides weekly activities to keep the campers busy. They offer “themed” weekends such as: Relax, Family Fun, Western, Water, Luau, Retro, Challenge, Christmas, New Years, Halloween and NFL Spirit. Bingo is held in the recreational hall every Wednesday and Friday (Memorial Day through Labor Day). Other activities include ceramics, teen dances, children’s story time, kiddie bingo and a non-denominational church service on Saturdays. On Fridays you can enjoy a movie on their large outdoor screen. Don’t forget to bring your blanket or lawn chair and snacks. And when you see the fire truck traveling throughout the campground, hop on for a fun ride around the park. My favorite weekend is the Fourth of July. They have an overabundance of activities for all ages. The fireworks display that Wolfs provides, is very impressive and it attracts hundreds of people from neighboring towns to observe it.

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If you are tired of cooking, behind the office is the Barnwell Café and Ice Cream Shoppe. Some of the delicious offering include: wedgies, hamburgers, french fries, milkshakes, and sundaes, just to name a few.
The campsites are quite spacious. There are back in and pull through sites. Full hookups include: water, electric, sewage, AC/heater and cable TV. Most of the sites are 30 amp, so if you need 50 amp make sure you request that. The sites are all grass. Don’t worry if you are traveling without your camper. Wolfs Camping Resort has fifteen rustic cabins and one park model that you can rent. Most of the cabins are primitive (water and electric only) located near bath facilities. One cabin has a half bath with electric and A/C. (You must bring your own linens for the cabins.) The park model is fully self-contained with a full kitchen, microwave, dishes and a full bath.

The campground is open from the middle of April through the end of October. Although summer is the busiest season, one of the best times to visit Wolfs is in the fall. Every September/October the town of Clarion (about 9 miles east of the campground on I-80) celebrates the internationally award-winning “Autumn Leaf Festival” which attracts over 500,000 people. Farmers and crafters set up booths and tents along the streets. On the second Saturday of the festival are“The Tournament of Leaves” parade, 10k run, Clarion University’s homecoming football game, concerts and other activities. In all, it is a nine day festival of events and entertainment. If Jack Frost’s timing is right, the big attraction is the beauty of the 159,000 acres of forest that Clarion County boasts. The splendor of orange, yellow, gold, green, and red over those 159,000 acres is awe inspiring and well worth the trip.

an RVers Review on Fishing the Sandusky River in Ohio

fishingLooking for some fishing excitement? You have to go fish the Sandusky! It offers lots of fish, beautiful scenery, easy access, multiple locations and a guaranteed good time.

I can still remember my first visit to Lake Erie and fishing the Sandusky River. My husband and I were newly weds. We have since made it a tradition to visit and fish Lake Erie every year for our anniversary and my daughter’s birthday. There have been very few years we have missed fishing here due to illnesses and such or life; life has a way of having wrenches thrown into plans.

We normally stay at the Red Roof Inn located in Clyde Ohio. The Red Roof Inn is a kid friendly, pet friendly hotel. We like to leave the RV for a bit and vacation in the hotel; which has an awesome pool and a fitness room. You’ll learn more about this hotel in another review. Another choice we like is either tent camping or bringing the RV and camping at East Harbor State park. Again you will read more about this park in another review. Fishing the Sandusky is easier if you have a vehicle and not driving the RV due to parking spaces.

Parking can be tricky. We like to fish at the bridge in downtown Fremont, Ohio. There is parking. However, between the hours of 9:00 A.M. and 6:00 P.M. you have to move your car every two hours. This is okay to me because after being out there for two hours in the sun I am ready for a small break. This fishing access is great because it is located right downtown. You can pack a lunch or visit a downtown restaurant for dinner. Keep in mind that there are no restroom facilities at all in this area. You either have to go find a McDonalds or a local gas station. Huge downfall for the area but that doesn’t deter me because this are has the most awesomeness fishing. Let me set the scene for you. First you can’t see the water from the parking area. But once you top the slope the view is spectacular.

101The bridge itself is a pretty cool thing. Across the way is a huge wall and you won’t see much of an empty spot because yes fisherman will line the wall and bring their catch up that wall. Behind them is a train and it frequents the tracks. The first thing you will notice is the rock wall. Yes you will have to navigate the rocks but I promise well worth the effort. The rocks will also be adorned with many fishermen. It’s all in the experience. You just squeeze in and make do and yes you will at least once tangle in someone else’s line but again it’s all a part of the experience. Once I was about fifty people out and I caught a twenty pound buffalo sucker. It hit my line and it was gone! Taking my line about 100 yards; what to do? There are fifty people between me and my fish. All of a sudden (like natural) a gentleman yells “bring em in”. Wouldn’t you know it everyone of those fifty fishermen wound in their lines! I did not tangle in one line and I was able to bring my fish in. An experience I won’t forget.

That’s just how the fishermen of Fremont are – kind! Something else I experienced while there was fishermen not only on the wall, on the shore and in the boats but in waders IN THE WATER. They were actually in the water! I know a lot of fishermen frown on all these people fishing at once but I love it. All of us out there doing our thing and enjoying what we love – fishing.

A RVers Review of shoping at the Dayton Mall in Dayton Ohio

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The Dayton Mall is located in Dayton, Ohio. Seeing as this mall is located in one of the larger Ohio cities it holds true to be what one would expect: a larger mall more so than say one located in a smaller Ohio town. This mall is so huge that one could not possible visit/shop every store in the building in one visit. If you did it would be like running a sprint marathon.

There are lots and lots of stores to visit; two levels of magnificent stores that are attainable either by using the glass elevator or the escalator. I prefer the escalator. As I happily jumped on the escalator when I reached the top I saw a train! A real kids train right down to the cute little driver with a hat; be warned no pictures. If you try to snap a picture you will be yelled at. All aboard the Koehler Express rides welcome pics not.

So after my excitement and then discernment I look to the right and quickly find the small but adequate Food Court. Due to the size of this mall I expected a much larger Food Court. None the less we decided to grab a drink to go. We strolled through the Food Court viewing drink prices at each stand. The best value we found was at Gold Star Chili; a large iced sweet tea for $1.79 and you get a free refill.

While our time was limited there was one specific store we wanted to visit because it was one of the first we had seen at a mall or anywhere; the Cinderella Store. The Cinderella Store is girls’ dreams come true but a nightmare of a sticker shock. My favorite was the rainbow dress – all colors of the rainbow. My husband preferred the long flowing Peach dress. He said I’d look amazing in it; funny how clothes can affect ones self esteem. One step into this store and a girl could feel like a million bucks. While it doesn’t take a million dollars it does take a few hundred.

021One of the things that I like about the Dayton mall is all the programs they offer. One is Connect Kids. As a member, you’ll learn about special offers early, they have convenient family amenities and activities for all kids; any age. You will learn about community activities and join other family members just like you. Best of all membership is free!

They offer a fundraising coupon booklet as well. It is called License to Shop. In order to learn more about License to Shop just stop by Guest Services. The coupon booklet is reasonably priced and usable at the Mall retail stores.

If you plan to attend the Dayton mall I suggest you keep safety in mind. Be alert to your surroundings, don’t go alone (besides) its more fun to shop with a friend, and just have fun. If you’d like to visit the Dayton Mall drive on over to 2700 Miamisburg Centerville Road Dayton, Ohio 45459.