JUNE 2012

July 07, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

As a pottery collector, I always enjoy getting together with other pottery collectors, so I was pleased to be able to attend the Ohio Valley China Collector's Club meeting in East Liverpool, Ohio. It's a small group of diehards who gather yearly to talk dishes. We've attended a few times in past years and I always enjoy learning something new. This year I was asked to make a presentation, so fortunately, I had some of my pottery photos on my computer and was able to put something together.

Preparing for my presentation at the Museum of Ceramics.12T_3441

 

After the meeting, we visited meeting organizers and fellow pottery collectors, Marie and Marden in Cleveland.

Marden, Marie and Homer.12T_3594

 

 

People always ask us what part of the USA is our favorite. Our reply is that every place we go has its own interest and uniqueness.  Jefferson, Ohio is a great example.

 

We chose Jefferson in NE Ohio because it has a Thousand Trails (Kenisee Lake) campground and we wanted to spend a couple of weeks of down time.  We knew nothing about the area other than being near Lake Erie.

View from our campsite at Kenisee Lake.12T_3495-2

Once we got settled we quickly learned the area, Ashtabula County, is home to America's longest and shortest covered bridges! The longest, Smolen Gulf Covered Bridge is 613 feet long spanning the Ashtabula River. The shortest, West Liberty Street Covered Bridge is a mere 18 feet long over Cowles Creek. In total there are 18 covered bridges in the county. 

 

Longest bridge, built in 2008.12T_3576

Middle Road Bridge, built in 1868.12T_3535

 

We also learned the area was part of the Underground Railroad with safehouses in nearby Astubula. Residents harbored escaping slaves waiting for safe passage across Lake Erie to Canada.

 

A nice bike trail (26 miles), the Western Reserve Greenway (rails to trails), was minutes away from our campground.

Western Reserve Greenway.12T_3592

 

The area claims to be the Steelhead Trout capital of America and the Napa Valley of the East, with no less than 16 wineries. Something for everyone.

 

Looking for an antique shop, we took a drive to the neighboring county and stumbled on the annual OX Roast in Mesopotamia. Geauga County has the world's fourth largest Amish population, so horses and buggies are everywhere. The stores have hitching posts and, of course, you need to watch where you step.

Hitching post for buggies at Ox Roast.12T_3605 Roasting the ox.12T_3612 Searching for treasures at the Ox Roast.12T_3606

 

Next month - Michigan.

 


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