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Welcome To Sandusky

We have a list. A list of all the places we want to go while on this road trip. From places we've always wanted to see or go to to recommendations from friends, family and people we meet on the road. It gets longer every month. There are a handful of places I've put on that list because I read about them in books. Sandusky is one of those places.

The Book of Illusions by Paul Auster brought my attention here years ago. I'm not entirely sure why, it wasn't the focal point of the story, at all, maybe only a chapter. Nonetheless, it stuck with me and I wanted to check this town out for myself. While driving from one campground to the other and other trips within Ohio, the book I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore was brought more to life too. Lorien (Lorain) and Mogadore aren't planets far away in the galaxy. They're towns in Ohio.

I'm very surprise at how much I like Ohio. It's never been on my radar much outside of what I've read in books and heard on the news. Sandusky was not at all what I expected and I didn't even know what to expect. Cedar Point is in Sandusky. That's their big claim to fame. The roller coaster capital. Plus they have the one of the largest indoor water parks in the country, Kalahari and many more amusement parks. Plus, you have Lake Erie right there too.

Due to our situation this week (detailed in the previous post), Cedar Point wasn't on our to do list. But there were other places we were able to explore. Because of Lake Erie, the whole coast is filled with little beach towns. Marblehead is where we set off to. Its a peninsula where Sandusky Bay meets Lake Erie. It's home to a lighthouse which is the oldest, continuously operated lighthouse on the American side of the Great Lakes. It's also known as being an important limestone exporter. For us, it was a cute little beach town. We got to hang out in a public park that's right on the water. It even has steps leading into the water!

Down the road, a ways Ryne found the Lakeside Daisy State Nature Preserve which we decided to check out. We stayed on foot since it was such a nice day out. When the sidewalk cut out, Ryne leaned over to ask, "Did you ever think you'd be walking down a random street in Ohio?" Nope, never but sure glad I am. The Preserve was pretty cool and seemed to go on for miles. We even saw that limestone quarry the town is so famous for on the walk over. Pretty neat spot.

When we were first pulling into our spot here, one of the staff members was asking what our plans were and recommended this ice cream place, Toft's. It's right down the road he said. Little did we know at the time it's the oldest dairy in Ohio! What started off as a little farm with a couple selling milk from a horse-drawn carriage has turned into a 76,000sqft facility sharing its ice cream and other dairy products to most of Northern Ohio. But now they get their milk delivered daily from 20 different farms all local and pledging to be rBST free. They aren't skimpy on their portions either! They're very generous! The kiddie-size would be a medium most other places! Oh, but it was mighty delicious!

Lastly, I have to say, the downtown area of Sandusky super friendly, artsy and quite touristy. With one of the main roads being closed due to construction, it was a bit of a challenge to get there but we made it. Rooftop bars, ferry rides, restaurants, statues and artwork. It seems completely disconnected from the Ohio we've been hearing about so much in the news lately. But I guess when you take politics out of it, everywhere is pretty awesome.

Sandusky, you're great. I can't wait to come back and explore you further. And maybe even get to Cedar Point next time.

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