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
It’s this week’s Classic One Tank Trip
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.
Don’t forget you can find other interesting places in my new book, “The Best of One Tank Trips”. You can purchase it in most major bookstores, or order a signed copy right here on this page.
This weeks Classic One Tank Trip takes us to Western New York to the American Kazoo Factory, the last known maker of metal kazoos.
A unique American born musical instrument. The factory is still there and you can see how they make kazoos.
Just outside of Detroit, Michigan, is Farmington Hills. It is home to one of my favorite Michigan attractions, Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum. It is one man’s life-long collection of mechanical amusement games and, well, just strange things. Things like a copy of P. T. Barnum’s Cardiff Giant. A giant hoax from the 19th century. There is even a copy of the Sing Sing Prison electric chair. But the main emphasis is on games. electronic and mechanical for early in the twentieth century right up to the present time. Did I mention model planes? The ceilings and walls are filled with them. Every size and shape. And here is the best part about the games. They all work and you can play with and on them. Here you can show the kids what their parents and grandparents did for amusement when they were young.
We last visited Marvin’s Museum in the early 2000’s, but they are still there, still open seven days a week and still entertaining families. It’s this week’s Classic One Tank Trip.
Long before the McDonald Brothers served their first hamburger Ohioans in Lima were lining up for Keewpee Burgers. In fact, they still are. It was over 25 years ago we paid a visit to the iconic hamburger stand in downtown Lima and it’s still there, as are the other attractions we visited that day. An rare park for the visually challenged and a huge plastic company that still sells just about everything made of plastic. It’s a great Classic One Tank Trip. Don’t forget, with Spring it’s time to think about places to go this year and what better thing to have in your car than a copy of my new book, “The Best of One Tank Trips”. You can get it in most book stores or order it here on this page.
Young’s Jersey Dairy is a landmark down in Yellow Springs, Ohio, near Dayton. It offers one of the last farm dairies in Ohio where the cows are house in a barn next door. In fact you can even go pet some of the animals. Nearby is Antioch College and the quaint village of Yellow Springs. This is also home to the Clifton Mill. One of the largest operating grist mills in the country. Although we took the trip over 20 years ago, we recently revisited and it is even more interesting and beautiful today. It’s a great classic One Tank Trip.
It’s probably hard to believe but the state of Virginia used to be just across the river from Marietta, Ohio. When the American Civil War was raging a portion of Virginia decided to leave the Confederacy and created the new Union-controlled state of West Virginia. It included a large slave-owning plantation owned by the Henderson Family. The Henderson’s were friends with several of the early US Presidents. One of their members was Archibald Henderson who became Commandant of the US Marine Corps and for whom Henderson Hall, The Marine Barracks in Washington DC is named. Amazingly the plantation remained in the Henderson Family until the 21st Century when it was handed over to a historic group that now manages the property. If you love history this house is filled with American artifacts and stories. and is well worth a trip. It’s just across the river.