What a fun trip we had this week. Not only did we get to visit a great farm market near Ashtabula we also got to tour Titan Aircraft and meet John Williams, the owner. What John is doing at his plant in Austinburg is truly remarkable. He is building three-quarter scale P-51 Mustang Fighter Planes from WWII. John’s are called T-51s for Titan Aircraft. I know when we posted a photo of Titan Pilot Bill Koleno leading a flight of T-51s over Ashtabula County this week, it brought out a lot of interest in this week’s show. Also Roy Brant has sold his orchard near Ashtabula but, thankfully, the new owners say nothing is changing. There will still be the bakery, cider slush and all those great apples. I hope you will take a look at the story as it appeared on New Day Cleveland on Fox 8 TV. By the way, my apologies to my friend, Scott Robinson, head of the Chamber in New Philadelphia. My colleague, Natalie Herbick, was talking about doing a story there this week and I started to ask her if she ran into Scott Robinson, but I had a “senior moment” and could not think of Scott’s last name. I wanted to call him Scott Armstrong for some reason. So, if you are reading this Scott, again, my apologies.
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 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.
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
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.