A Look At The Original Blue Hole In Castalia, Ohio

This week we get to take a look at Ohio’s tourist history. The original, Blue Hole in Castalia. For over seventy years generations of northern Ohioans made stopping at the Blue Hole a summer tradition. The Blue Hole closed in 1990 and IS NOT open to the public now. We contacted the private club that owns the property and they allowed us this one-time opportunity to take a look at what was once called “Ohio’s Greatest Natural Wonder.”

The Great Lakes National Museum Is Open

The city of Toledo is now home to the Great Lakes National Museum. That’s the same museum that used to be in Vermilion, but much larger and brand new. We had a chance this week to not only tour the new attraction but also to meet Shawn Rames of Toledo, a TV executive whose hobby is flying camera carrying drones. He specializes in skylines around the Toledo area that he posts on Youtube. He was kind enough to demonstrate his quadracopter for us and take video of the museum and some of its exhibits from the air. I hope you enjoy the trip.

A Tree-Top Adventure In Northeast Ohio

My hometown of Henrietta, a few miles west of Oberlin, in Lorain County, has become the home of Ohio’s newest adventure destination. Canopy Tours, a zipline, is now open at Common Ground Center on Baird Road. We spent almost two days filming this zipline adventure that also has the only “floating stairway” in the U. S. The course includes ziplines across the Vermilion River, rope bridges and even spiral staircases in the tops of some trees. The course takes almost three hours to complete and is the only one near Lake Erie. For more information go to www.commongroundcenter.org

An Ice Cream Stand In A Strawberry Patch

Who doesn’t love strawberries? Well this week we found the perfect mix. A strawberry farm that not only offers fresh-grown berries, but also some fresh, home-made strawberry frozen custard.
Add to this the farm is right next door to one of the most popular Metroparks in Lorain County. It has the makings of one of my favorite One Tank Trips this summer. My thanks to Gary and Marsha Kreig for their hospitality the day we stopped by with our crew.

I Lose My Shirt Talking To The Animals

This week we talk to the animals at Wagon Trails Animal Park in Vienna Center, east of Warren. It is a family-run animal park where, unlike a zoo, you can pet and feed most of the animals that live here. There are dozens of exotic critters from all over the world and their giant “Safari trucks” can carry you safely through the enclosure and don’t worry about attracting the animals. They know the truck means snacks and they come running. As for me losing my shirt. Be sure you hang around to the end of the piece. I tried to talk in front of a baby camel who thought my shirt looked like hay. We also discover a down-home style restaurant just up the road called the Yankee Kitchen where salads are enormous and they have won awards for the hamburgers. It’s a great place to stop for a bite after visiting the animal farm. And the whole trip is just a One Tank Trip

Sauder Village, A Trip Back In Time

You might call Sauder Village in Archbold, Ohio, a small version of Henry Ford’s Greenfield Village. Erie Sauder, founder of Sauder Furniture, spent the last years of his life collecting buildings and things from the past in northwest Ohio and brought them together at his man-made village that he created on a farm near Archbold. It’s a collection of craftshops, with artisans and craftspeople who keep alive the trades and professions of more than a century ago. It is also a unique collection of artifacts. Take a few moments and join us as we go on a One Tank Trip to Archbold, Ohio

Punderson Lake, A Rich History With Family Fun And Even Ghosts

Punderson Lake State Park in Geauga County was one of the earliest State Parks and has many things for a family to do. From it’s historic lodge to the cabins or campgrounds there is a place to stay to fit everyone’s requirements. The manor house offers a fine restaurant with some unusual English specialties, like “Bubble and Squeak” and on weekends this summer you will also be able to take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage around some of the more than 700 acres that makes up the park. It’s a great place for a One Tank Trip.

Spring Is Here..Along With Flowers And Some Really Good Hot Wings

With Spring finally pushing winter out of northern Ohio we know that many folks are now thinking of gardens. We visit one of the countries leading mail-order garden nursury in Madison, ohio. Bluestone Perrenials is gearing up in the next few weeks to start answering orders from not only Ohio but all over the world. We also take time to stop at one of my all-time favorite restaurants, Roman’s IV in Madison-on-the-Lake to try some of their famous chicken wings. I hope you will take a look.

Fish Farm, Air Museum All Free And Pie To Boot

This week’s One Tank Trip goes to Urbana, Ohio, west of Columbus. We’re visiting the largest indoor fish hatchery in Ohio for some farm-raised Rainbow Trout. It’s also a place that is kid-friendly, with “Fluffy” the alligator and a tank of rare Sturgeon that you can actually pet. We’ll also stop at the Champaign County Air Museum which is free and unlike some many museums, this one welcomes you to touch the exhibits and the kids can even climb into a rare WWII transport plane. We wrap up the trip with a stop at the airport restaurant that is famous for their made-from-scratch pies each day. So good that people have been known to fly in to the airport just for a piece of home-made pie.

We Go In Search Of Castles…and A Really Big Hamburger

We going exploring the “castles” of Ohio again this week. The response to our castle series over the last year has been so good that we will try to find a few more that are open to the public. Just like today in our trip to Massillon, Ohio and a visit to the castle-like home that houses the Massillon Women’s Club. It’s a fascinating place that once even attracted the President of the United States.
We will also take a look at The Cameo Grill, a favorite Massillon eating spot that has been around since World War II. The big thing here is hamburgers and the secret ingredient is a saucy, spicy pepper that they put on the burger. If you missed our appearance on Fox 8′s New Day Cleveland at 10 AM on March 11th, here’s a chance to see it again.