Columbus, Cleveland, and Cousins

It feels like chapters since we embarked on our cross country trip 31 days and 3,173 miles ago. I must confess my biggest challenge is choosing what to see and do (and keeping this blog current!). Like a bug-eyed kid in an amusement park, I want to do it all! That’s when I dust off my “go-back-to-list”,  a tally of places to visit next time, and keep a loose hold on this journey’s bucket list. Here are a few of our top picks from our journey from Indiana to Ohio.

Columbus, Ohio

“Hey, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is just a short detour off our route to Columbus!”  I’m not sure what I enjoyed more, walking through the evolution of military flight from the Wright Brothers’ 1909 Military Flyer…

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…to the B-2 Stealth Bomber, or my brother-in-law Mike’s stories about his tenure as a U.S. Air Force jet engine mechanic.

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The museum pays tribute to those who served and their valiant airships.

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B-29 Bockscar: The original aircraft that dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan, on August 9, 1945, ending World War II.

A bridge separates high rises in Columbus, Ohio’s city center from the red brick houses of historic German Village.

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Tucked in a corner of Columbus, German Village offers a delightful walk back in time.

Cobbled sidewalks ribbon past multi-story residences and corner shops. With a double dark chocolate treat from Winan’s Chocolates and Coffees, Greg and I wandered the creaky, wooden floors of The Loft, a 32-room bookstore. I wondered what stories were buried in those old walls.

Cleveland, Ohio

“They say the heart of rock and roll is still beating, and from what I’ve seen I believe ‘em…” 

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If there’s a way to sum up the Rock ’n Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, these lyrics from Huey Lewis & the News’ hit song fits the bill. Dancing through the doors as rock tunes beat through the air, people flock to the Hall to experience the music genre that changed the world.

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Seeing the guitars strummed, lyrics written and stage costumes worn by favorite rock stars touches the fan within.

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My Favorite: John Lennon’s Rickenbacker guitar with his handwritten playlist still taped to the neck (photo of playlist posted above the guitar).
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Greg’s Favorite: John Lennon’s handwritten lyrics for “In My Life”
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A bit of nostalgia…Greg took a photo of Carl Wilson wearing this at a Day on the Green concert in the 70’s.

Cousins

Meeting up with friends and family has and always will be the best part of our full time RV adventure. To our delight, we discovered our cousin and his wife lived in a nearby town just 15 minutes from our Streetsboro, Ohio RV Park. With limited time in their schedules and ours, we managed to squeeze in a visit. Thank you Tom and Allie for opening your home to us on short notice and for a wonderful, memorable time.

 

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