2011 September

September 1

We drove through the natural harbor of Sandusky, Ohio and checked out the old time amusement park at Cedar Point on our way to Milan, the birthplace of Thomas Edison.  Although Edison’s family only lived here until he was seven years old, the town still celebrates him as a “hometown boy” and has preserved his home as a museum.

OH3 - 9-1-11 Sandusky main streetDowntown Sandusky

OH5 - 9-1-11 Sandusky fountainLake Erie in the background of this Sandusky plaza

OH12 - 9-1-11 Cedar Pt.This is as close as we cared to get to the old amusement park at Cedar Point!

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OH15 -9-1-11 MilanThe house where Thomas Edison was born

OH20 -9-1-11 MilanEdison’s boyhood home backs up to the Milan Canal Basin

From 1839 until 1867 the 3-mile long Milan Canal was a leading Great Lakes port.  Railroad competition and the flood of 1868 ended Milan’s port activity.

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OH25 -9-1-11 MilanSome of Edison’s inventions – phonographs

OH26 -9-1-11 MilanEarly movie projection equipment

OH28 -9-1-11 MilanEdison won two technical grammies for his contributions to the recording field

OH34 -9-1-11 MilanThe sitting room of his boyhood home

OH35 -9-1-11 MilanThe bedroom where he was born on February 11, 1847

OH37 -9-1-11 MilanOne of the upstairs bedrooms

Edison’s parents sold the house in 1854 and the family moved to Port Huron, Michigan.  In 1894 Edison’s sister,  Marion Edison Page,  re-acquired the home and lived there until her death in 1906.  When Edison made his last visit to the home in 1923 he was surprised to see that his old home was still lit by oil lamps and candles!

OH40 -9-1-11 MilanClothing that Edison wore

OH47 -9-1-11 MilanIn this formal living room hangs a picture of Thomas  Edison.

OH48 -9-1-11 MilanMore of Edison’s inventions  are on display in this glass case in the houseincluding the first talking doll

OH49 -9-1-11 MilanA teacup with moustache guard

OH54 -9-1-11 MilanThe backyard

OH59 -9-1-11 MilanThis preying mantis visited us during our tour of the backyard

OH60 -9-1-11 MilanAfter the tour of Edison’s birthplace we went to this store in Milan.  The owner stocks EVERYTHING related to Edison and his life that you could imagine!

Next stop was Vermilion, Ohio – the Inland Seas Maritime Museum.

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OH75 -9-1-11 Vermilion, Inland Seas Maritime MuseumNavigation lights

OH81 -9-1-11 Vermilion, Inland Seas Maritime MuseumDave at the helm

OH83 -9-1-11 Vermilion, Inland Seas Maritime MuseumA 62 foot tall replica of a Lake Erie lighthouse stands in front of the museum

OH87 -9-1-11 Vermilion, Inland Seas Maritime MuseumSailor’s knots on display

OH88 -9-1-11 Vermilion, Inland Seas Maritime MuseumFresnel lenses

(above) 2nd order  (below) 5th order

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OH97 -9-1-11 Vermilion, Inland Seas Maritime MuseumHey – we were there!!

OH104 -9-1-11 Vermilion, Inland Seas Maritime MuseumLake Erie had a lot going on

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OH112 -9-1-11 Vermilion, Inland Seas Maritime MuseumThis little guy has the right idea!!  He was laying like this at the entrance to the museum when we left.  He seemed perfectly at home here and didn’t even budge as we went by!

September 2 & 3

We continued along the Oregon Trail to the college town of Oberlin, Ohio.  Oberlin College and surrounding town were founded in 1833.  In 1837 Oberlin became the country’s first co-educational college and was also among the first to embrace the education of African-Americans.  In the 19th century Oberlin graduated more black students than all other mainstream American colleges combined.  We headed to the Allen Art Museum on campus, but it was closed for renovations until next year.  We were also disappointed because it is through the Art Museum that you buy tickets to see the local Frank Lloyd Wright house, but we went to look at it from the outside, anyway.

OH - 9-2-11 Oberlin 3The Allen Art Museum on campus

OH - 9-2-11 Oberlin 1We did get to see this one cool piece of artwork because it was outside on the lawn.  You can judge its size by looking at the doors to the building in the background!

OH - 9-2-11 Oberlin 12Even though we knew we wouldn’t be able to go inside, we drove to the Weltzheimer/Johnson House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright

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OH - 9-2-11 Oberlin 14Looking in through the window of the house

OH - 9-2-11 Oberlin 6Back on campus – this building was built in 1887!

OH - 9-2-11 Oberlin 22We couldn’t help but take these two photos along the way.  They REALLY expressed the “middle America” hometown feeling of this area – and we thought the 3-meter diving board in the above picture was a great tribute to Roberta’s younger son who is a former college springboard diver!

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As we drove along outside of Oberlin (on our way to the Dayton area) Dave mentioned that his grandfather had grown up in this part of Ohio.  After a quick phone call to Dave’s mom and a map/GPS search we discovered we were driving right by his grandpa’s birthplace – Mt. Gilead, Ohio.

OH - 9-3-11 Mt. GileadWe stopped and walked around for a few minutes in downtown Mount Gilead.

September 5

We arrived in the Columbus / Dayton area and looked for a place to get some work done online – and obviously ended up at a Starbucks.  But this Starbucks turned out to be in a place called “German Village”.  The German enclave of the Columbus area flourished here between 1840 and 1918.  But during the period of the two World Wars, rising anti-German sentiment and prohibition the neighborhood fell into decline.  In 1960 The German Village Society was formed to guide revitalization.  German Village  is now primarily a residential community with many quaint and unique  little shops and restaurants.

OH - 9-5-11 German Village 2Looking down one of the main streets of German Village

OH - 9-5-11 German Village 3Alleyway access to the Book Loft – a 32-room bookstore in the Village

OH - 9-5-11 German Village 8All the streets are still brick in the Village…

OH - 9-5-11 German Village 5…as are most of the homes and businesses

OH - 9-5-11 German Village 12Many homes are well cared for – look at the garden in this one!

OH - 9-5-11 German Village 13Beautiful and quaint

September 7-15

On September 7 we flew to Salt Lake City so Dave could officiate at the wedding of a dear friend.  We also were able to spend some time with his family – always a treat!! – and to do something Roberta has wanted to do for a long time – see Timpanogos Caves.

UT 9-7-11 Trip - Chicago Midway RobertaDuring our layover at Chicago Midway airport Roberta poses with the Blues Brothers

UT - 9-8-11 Bebe in dryerDave decided crate training doesn’t work as well as clothes dryer training for his mom & dad’s beloved pup, Bebe!

UT - Timpanogas 9-9-11 001 Dave & BruceStopping for a photo on the hike to Timpanogos Caves

UT - Timpanogas 9-9-11 007What a view of the Utah Valley!

UT - Timpanogas 9-9-11 008Inside the first cave –

UT - Timpanogas 9-9-11 010so many interesting formations

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UT - Timpanogas 9-9-11 013 Soda Straws“Soda Straw” formations inside the cave

UT - Timpanogas 9-9-11 016The hike down was just as beautiful as the hike up

UT - 9-10-11 Stoddards & UsWe went to a Street Fair in Salt Lake on Saturday morning before the wedding to meet up with one of Dave’s childhood friends and her family.

UT - 9-10-11 Wedding 2Dave in his full dress kilt ready to begin the wedding ceremony

UT - 9-10-11 Wedding 8“You may now kiss the bride”

UT - 9-10-11 Wedding 11A gift from the bridesmaids

UT - 9-10-11 Wedding 12Dave congratulates the bride

UT - 9-10-11 Wedding PartyThe wedding party after the wedding

UT - 9-13-11 Happy Newlywed CoupleThe happy newlyweds – Kimberlie and Dave – took us to dinner at Pizzeria 712 a few days after the wedding

September 16

We returned from Utah to our home parked in the driveway of our friend’s home in Vandalia, Ohio to much cooler weather than what we were anticipating.  We also had LOTS of rain the next few days – but that didn’t dampen our spirits because our friends were such great hosts and we really enjoyed their company!  We spent our days working around the RV or doing a bit of local sightseeing while they were at work, then spent many lovely evenings in conversation on their patio or around town enjoying the various sights and activities.

OH - Dayton 9-19-11 Wright Bros 063Charlie Brown, one of our host’s 3 dogs, often entertained us with his squirrel chasing anticsHere he takes a break on the back of the living room sofa.

OH - Dayton 9-19-11 Wright Bros 057Here is Charlie with his roommates – Lucy is the small black one, Boo is the Newfoundland and yes, he is just as big as he looks in this picture!!

September 19

 Today we went to the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park – where one of the Wright Brothers original Cycle Shops is located.

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OH - Dayton 9-19-11 Wright Bros 6The museum included both the Wright Brothers and a local poet, Paul Laurence Dunbar, who was one of the first black American poets to receive critical acclaim in the US.

OH - Dayton 9-19-11 Wright Bros 8Entering the museum…

OH - Dayton 9-19-11 Wright Bros 16Some history on Paul Laurence Dunbar…

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Frank Hale opened a grocery store on this corner in 1900 and for the next 17 years sold groceries and other goods to working men and women of this west Dayton neighborhood.  The Wright Brothers and Paul Dunbar shopped in this store.  Here it has been re-created to how it actually looked at that time.

Looking out the storefront window it looks pretty much the same as it did at the turn of the century (except for the automobiles!)

OH - Dayton 9-19-11 Wright Bros 22Inside the store also has been restored to what it looked like back then

OH - Dayton 9-19-11 Wright Bros 28The experience Orville and Wilbur gained from their early years in business together – first as printers and then as bicycle makers – would prove invaluable when they took to the skies.

OH - Dayton 9-19-11 Wright Bros 32A model of the plane flown at Kitty Hawk

OH - Dayton 9-19-11 Wright Bros 36Dayton’s favorite sons

OH - Dayton 9-19-11 Wright Bros 37Good advice!

One of the highlights of the museum was the parachute section.

OH - Dayton 9-19-11 Wright Bros 48As close as Dave will ever really get to using a parachute!

OH - Dayton 9-19-11 Wright Bros 51As close as Roberta will ever really get to using an ejection seat!

OH - Dayton 9-19-11 Wright Bros 52More interesting facts about parachuting

OH - Dayton 9-19-11 Wright Bros 57The world’s highest parachute jump – from almost 31,000 feet!

OH - Dayton 9-19-11 Wright Bros 42The Wright Brothers print shop re-created

OH - Dayton 9-19-11 Wright Bros 2One of the Wright Brothers bicycle shops preserved on the exact spot where it was originally situated

OH - Dayton 9-19-11 Wright Bros 64An original Wright Brothers bicycle

OH - Dayton 9-19-11 Wright Bros 65The Bicycle Shop as it was in the early 1900’s

OH - Dayton 9-19-11 Wright Bros 69The workshop at the back of the Bicycle Shop

OH - Dayton 9-19-11 Wright Bros 71Turn of the century bicycle prices

OH - Dayton 9-19-11 Wright Bros 72And a bicycle built for two!

OH - Dayton x 9-19-11  Street Artwork PlaneAfter a long day at the museum we walked across the street for lunch at a small diner.  On the street poles we saw several of these airplane models, but we especially liked this one – peace symbols even on the bombs!

September 20

Our next “must-see” was the National US Air Force Museum, also in Dayton.  We were warned that it was HUGE – but it was bigger than we ever imagined!  We spent the whole day there, skipped lunch to make sure we didn’t miss anything and came out thoroughly exhausted, but happy we did it.  The entire history of aviation is pretty much covered – from the Wright Brothers through space exploration.  Every major armed conflict is included – WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, the Mideast.  The cold war, the arms race, and both manned and unmanned space exploration are there too.  This is a place that Roberta’s dad would have LOVED to visit !!

OH - Dayton 9-20-11 National USAF Museum 3Believe it or not, this is a radio- controlled model plane!  It is a  Thunderbolt II flying scale model (1:5.5) built from scratch over a period of one year at a cost of $12,000.  It weighs over 65 pounds, is capable of reaching speeds up to 300mph and holds enough fuel for about 15 minutes of flying time.  At the 2008 Top Gun Invitational Tournament, where the world’s best RC model builders compete, it received the Team High Static Award with an unprecedented score of 99.667.  It is proudly displayed here at the entrance to the USAF Museum.

OH - Dayton 9-20-11 National USAF Museum 4A tribute to our enlisted men of many generations

We thought the evolution of the Wind Tunnel, as you see in the next few pictures, was interesting…

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OH - Dayton 9-20-11 National USAF Museum 21French-built Nieuport 28 from WWI

OH - Dayton 9-20-11 National USAF Museum 26Another WWI vintage plane

OH - Dayton 9-20-11 National USAF Museum 27WWI Observation Balloon

OH - Dayton 9-20-11 National USAF Museum 32The unmanned Kettering Aerial Torpedo – nicknamed “The Bug” – from WWI

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OH - Dayton 9-20-11 National USAF Museum 44This exhibit demonstrates what could happen to a cadet pilot when applying the brakes too hard while taxiing with the wind behind him.  On average during the war, 40% of cadets did not graduate from flying school!

OH - Dayton 9-20-11 National USAF Museum 47A section of the museum is dedicated to the many who died in Nazi camps during WWII.  This concentration camp uniform is one of very few still in existence.

OH - Dayton 9-20-11 National USAF Museum 52A commemorative quilt

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OH - Dayton 9-20-11 National USAF Museum 55Service flags – like those pictured above – are symbols of love and patriotic pride that families feel for their enlisted loved ones who serve in the military during wartime and are usually hung in home windows.  Blue stars represent a loved one serving while gold stars denote those who died in the line of duty.

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OH - Dayton 9-20-11 National USAF Museum 61A tribute to the women who served in the Air Force during the second WW – the WAFs

OH - Dayton 9-20-11 National USAF Museum 65A “short snorter” from WWII – During World War II friends would take the local currency and sign each others bills creating a “keepsake of your buddy’s signatures”.  This one includes bills from about 30 different countries.

OH - Dayton 9-20-11 National USAF Museum 69A German plane like the one used by the Red Baron

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OH - Dayton 9-20-11 National USAF Museum 77A Supermarine Spitfire

OH - Dayton 9-20-11 National USAF Museum 84One of the most famous airplanes ever built – the Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress

OH - Dayton 9-20-11 National USAF Museum 93Dave checking out the inside of the B-17

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OH - Dayton 9-20-11 National USAF Museum 101This photo gives you an idea of the size of the museum – Dave is walking through just ONE of the many hangars that makes up the museum!

OH - Dayton 9-20-11 National USAF Museum 104A Vietnam era helicopter

OH - Dayton 9-20-11 National USAF Museum 105McDonnell Douglas F-4C Phantom II

OH - Dayton 9-20-11 National USAF Museum 108The “Party Suit” tradition was a local and unofficial tradition that arose in Southeast Asia in 1967.  These lightweight, brightly colored suits were worn on base only for special social occasions in lieu of official dress uniforms.

OH - Dayton 9-20-11 National USAF Museum 113Willys Quarter Ton jeep

OH - Dayton 9-20-11 National USAF Museum 117Apollo 15 Command Module Endeavorthis is the actual module used, not a replica

OH - Dayton 9-20-11 National USAF Museum 121Missiles and Rockets all around us…

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OH - Dayton 9-20-11 National USAF Museum 128A Gemini capsule – again, the real thing, not a replica

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Welcome to the Cold War – entering the Russian sector of Berlin

Of course we had to have a little fun in the interactive gallery!

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Here we are each trying our hand at landing a plane on an aircraft carrier.

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OH - Dayton 9-20-11 National USAF Museum 135The perfect end to a great day!

September 24-25

Friday night we got to see Karen and Butch “in action” as DJs at their local nightclub and met Karen’s two sons, daughter-in-law and granddaughter.  On Saturday they took us to Oktoberfest that was being held at the Dayton Art Museum.  It was a great end to a wonderful visit we had had with them.  We look forward to going back to see them again – soon, we hope!

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