Captivating Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio
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Last night, a boomer of a thunderstorm had most of us snuggling in the big bed. The lightening flashes were impressive.
In the morning, Ciao moved to a less flooded area to load the bikes - our tent neighbors changed sites for drier ground and I felt a bit sorry for them. But all RV’ers started out in a tent and then we camped when it rained. Then we switched next to a pop-up camper and packed it up at least once in the rain. And then we got the invincible RV!
Back roads to
Mules pulled the boats upriver and about 150 locks raise and lower the boats through the canal.
So here’s what you do… you pick out a visitor’s center along the route from the internet and get the GPS coordinates so you can find it. There are about 5 Visitor’s Centers here. Then you park at the Visitor’s Center, unload your bikes and after watching the informative movie and appreciating the canal locks demonstration and the museum about life on the river, you bike down the delightful path.
Then, after stopping at each small town along the way, and the waterfalls, and the ice cream shops, and chatting with the nice townspeople, and eating dinner in the family restaurants alfresco in the afternoon sun, you wave down the train.
Wave down the train? Yes, there’s a historic scenic railroad that parallels the canal.
On the 25 minute train ride, an authentic Ticketmaster is aboard, refreshments can be purchased, and there’s an eagle’s nest and great herons’ nests that they point out and describe in detail as we pass by with cameras ready. It is GREAT fun.
Since the park is open 24 hours a day so you can enjoy it in the evening, the Rangers at the Canal Visitor’s Center said it was fine if we park overnight after biking all day.
Let me give an example: We were just back from biking, putting bikes away when a young man talked to Lia about our
Anyway, we ended up showing Brandon, Darren, and Matt the inside of Ciao Baby and had a great talk. A few minutes after they left to prep for fishing, they returned with fresh strawberries that Darren had picked this morning on his farm.
I nearly hyperventilated on the huge gulps of clean, sweet air along the river. How do people breathe around here? My lungs would burst from intaking such full breaths of clean air. Ahhhh…
So I’m looking out the back of Ciao at a meadow filled with yellow wildflowers, alfalfa, and cattails. Trees are lush on the edge of the meadow. The temperature today was perfect. Jazy put on a sweater, but I think it was about 77 degrees.
It does snow significantly up here and when the canal freezes, they cross-country ski on it.
I have to admit that I’ve been very impressed with