The first, somber holiday of the summer begins next weekend. Memorial Day. 25 years ago I took a One Tank Trip to our nation’s capitol to show the sights to my then 10 year old son, Craig. Our videographer was Bob Wilkinson. On the way we stopped at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. It was this horrible battle in the Civil War that contributed greatly to the day we now mark as “Memorial Day”. A day that sometimes gets lost in the picnics and parties that now seem to be the norm for this most somber of holidays. Join us this week for another Classic One Tank Trip as we revisit the place where Abraham Lincoln made his immortal speech, The Gettysburg Address.
The mighty Mystic Belle is a fixture on the downtown Vermilion waterfront. The dimutive vessel that resembles a toy paddlewheel boat can carry more than a dozen people and, if the river is not too high, it can slip under the bridge and even go for a distance upriver to the south. But in either case you get a really good way to see the beautiful homes in the Vermilion Lagoons and hear stories about the people who have lived and worked the river. We took this ride many years ago and Don Parsons now owns and operates the tiny cruise boat but I am happy to report the stories are still great and the ride, on a warm spring day can’t be beat.
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If you have ever considered whitewater rafting for a summer activity, we recommend a short One Tank Trip just across the Ohio line into Pennsylvania and a place with the strange name, Ohiopyle. It is a state park that offers so much, including bike trails, scenic picnic area and, what many experts say, is the best place for people to first experience whitewater rafting. Our Classic One Tank Trip this week was filmed several years ago, but much is the same. Just check the local website that we provided for updated attractions and cost of rafting.
Our Classic One Tank Trip this week examines two of our best known mysteries in Ohio. The Serpent Mound and Mound City near Chillicothe. Both have puzzled archeologists for centuries as to the reason they were built and what the purpose truly was. Come along for a trip we took a few years ago to both locations. And if you are looking for other destinations for your family, order a copy of my new book, “The Best of One Tank Trips” the order form is on this page.
It has been called one of the “Wonders of the world”. I’m talking about Niagara Falls. On this classic One Tank Trip we cross the border into Canada to take a journey behind the falls. It’s an earth-shaking visit and a chance to get one of the most unusual views of Niagara Falls. Take a look.
Remember, if you would like other ideas for trips this summer, my new book, “The Best of One Tank Trips” is now available on line,in stores and even here on this website.
Our Classic One Tank Trip this week goes back about twenty years to perhaps one of the neatest places we ever visited. The Selkirk-Salmon River Lighthouse on Lake Ontario in Western New York State. The amazing thing is that it is, in 2017, still a working lighthouse and you can spend the night in the lighthouse keeper;s quarters down below the light. If that is booked, they also offer two cottages on the lakefront. Just go to their link for current prices and how to reserve your rooms. http://www.salmonriverlighthousemarina.com/lighthouse.html
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In Oregon, (That is Ohio, not the state), near Toledo, is one of the most fascinating B & B’s that I encountered over the years and I am happy to say it is still going strong. Located not far from the Lake Erie Islands and from downtown Toledo, the owners combined their love of passenger-carrying model steam trains with their desire to operate a bed and breakfast. It’s a lot of fun and a great place to stay. Take a look.
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