Hello, and welcome to my Travel Page. On this page, I will talk about some of my favorite places, including
our favorite restaurants, and more. I hope you enjoy the journey!
Ohio, the "Heart of it all", or more commonly The Buckeye State.
Ohio has many interesting places, from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, to Amish Country in Holmes County, and continuing on down the road to the many interesting places around Columbus and on down to Cincinnati.
So let's explore a bit.
Whether Professional Sports are your thing, or College Sports, Ohio has a wide variety of possibilities. For soccer, the Columbus Crew is always entertaining. For hockey, the Columbus Blue Jackets always make hockey season interesting. Baseball season can be very busy, from the northeast corner with the Cleveland Indians, to the southeast corner with the Cincinnati Reds, and many spots throughout the state with minor league teams in Dayton and Toledo. And if you are a hoops fan, don't forget the 2015 NBA World Champion Cleveland Cavaliers!
And what can we say about FOOTBALL! The Ohio State Buckeyes have one of the richest college football traditions in the country, with multiple national championships, larger than life coaches like Paul Brown and Woody Hayes, multiple Heisman Trophy winners, and many hall of famers, both Pro and College Halls of Fame. If you prefer Pro Football, there are the Cleveland Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals, both having the distinction of being founded or co-founded by the great Paul Brown.
Pennsylvania, The Keystone State. Being history buffs, as well as amateur Ghost hunters, my wife and I enjoy visiting the Gettysburg area, home of the bloodiest battle on American soil in July of 1863 during the Civil War. Due to the massive losses by both the Union and Confederate armies, and the use of many homes and barns as field hospitals, many other-worldly experiences have been had there.
Michigan, referred to as that State up North by most Ohioans, is actually a quite pleasant place to visit. If you enjoy Automotive history, the Henry Ford Museum and Dearborn Village will be sure to please. If you love Christmas, Bronners in Frankenmuth is a must. While in Frankenmuth, stay at the Bavarian Inn, and for dinner enjoy the chicken at Zehnders.
If you're a boater, Michigan is surrounded on both sides by the Great Lakes. Lake Michigan is to the west, Lakes Erie and Huron to the east. And don't forget the smaller bodies of water - Lake Charlevoix, for example, and Bear Lake, Houghton Lake, Torch Lake, and many more. And, if you love flowers, don't forget to visit Holland for the Tulip Festival, held in 2018 from May 5-13.
South Carolina, also known as the Palmetto State, has long been a family favorite, mostly due to the beautiful beaches and great seafood in the Myrtle Beach area. Of course, if you are a golfer, Myrtle Beach is known as a mecca for golfers, with many great courses.
While in South Carolina, be sure to visit Pawley's Island and go to the Hammock Shops. One of those hammocks may just end up going home with you! Further down the highway (US 17) is Hilton Head, which is also a very popular vacation destination.
What more can you say about The Sunshine State?
Well, if you have limited yourself to the beaches, or to Orlando, you haven't experienced Florida. From the oldest city in North America (Saint Augustine) to the Florida Keys, from the Emerald Coast to South Beach, there are hundreds of places to explore (and eat!). If you are a nature lover, visit some of the Florida Birding Trail wetland sites. There are 2 excellent ones in the Delray Beach/Boynton Beach area - The Green Cay, and The Wakodahatchee Wetlands. Not too far to the west, and covering most of South Florida are the Everglades, home to the Florida Panther and many other exotic forms of wildlife. To the south, as one goes into the Keys, be sure to be on the lookout for the Key Deer.