Day Three - Kelleys Island, Ohio
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Another beautiful day dawned on the Lake Erie Islands! Today's adventure, Kelleys Island, is just a short 20 minute ride on the Kelley's Island Ferry. The company operated this line is family owned and operated. They offer daily car/passenger service with inside or outside seats. One way fare is $9 adult/$15 car. More information about the Kelleys Island Ferry can be found on their website - www.kelleysislandferry.com.
Today, our daughter (her husband had to work and couldn't make the day trip) came to join us on the island, and met us at the ferry dock in Marblehead, Ohio. Once again, we decided to ride bicycles around the island, but also took a vehicle over just in case some riders tired or inclement weather arrived.
Our first stop was Inscription Rock located not far from the ferry dock. This relatively flat limestone rock has very faint pictures of animals, birds, and people believed to have been carved by indians. A protective roof has been built over the rock to try and preserve the sight from the elements.
Our next stop was the Glacial Groves Memorial. This area is billed as one of the world's largest and most spectacular examples of ancient glacial groves over 30,000 years ago! The groves are easily viewed without too much climbing. A walkway around the area makes for some spectacular views.
From the grooves, the group pedaled or rode on to our lunch destination - Docker's - in the heart of the business area of the island. This restaurant is very casual and offers open air dining on the lakeside. They specialize in seafood dishes, and cook up a wonderful, juicy cheeseburger! On weekends and Wednesdays during the tourist season, entertainment is offered on the patio.
After lunch, we wandered around the shopping/business area. There are no chain stores on the island; only small family operated shops. Shops include several clothing and shoes stores along with the general store, small grocery store, and other little knick knack shops. Other restaurants offer good food and entertainment. There is putt putt golf, a couple ice cream places, and a quaint little park for just watching the people go by. Other tourist attractions include a winery, museum, and the State Park with a real nice sandy beach which is where we decided to spend the afternoon.
The beach at Kelleys Island State Park was voted "the best beach on Lake Erie" by our group. The sand is soft and offers some shaded spots for those who prefer to stay out of the direct sun. The sand stretches out into the water making for nice wading. The little girls just enjoyed sitting in the shallow water splashing about. Farther out the sand begins to drop off gradually until it is about 6' deep at the bouys. Many people were enjoying the beach as there were several sand castles being built, lounge chairs occupied by those relaxing, and several enjoying beach activities. Past the bouys, there were several boats anchored and jet skiis playing around. This beach is excellent, but the facilities are only sufficient.
Since it was late afternoon, we decided to head back to the mainland. After saying good bye to Lesley, we decided to visit the Marblehead lighthouse. It was discovered the lighthouse would be open for tours the next day, so we wandered around the grounds for a little bit, and headed back to the trailer for the evening.
During the evening time, a couple swan and some Mallard ducks swam were swimming around the docks. Some stale bread delighted us for about 30 minutes!