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Shawshanked at the Ohio State Reformatory

If touring creepy, historic prisons and getting a “behind the scenes” look at a famous movie filming location is your cup of tea, you are in for a treat.

We had the pleasure of visiting The Ohio State Reformatory, located in Mansfield, Ohio, a prison that was built in 1886 and closed in 1990.  This magnificent structure was built for young first-time offenders to have a spiritual rebirth and later became famous for violence and inhumane conditions.  It housed over 155,000 men over the years, and is now a museum and historical site. Continue Reading

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Canoeing (Backwards) Down The Mohican River

We used our Harvest Hosts membership and Roadtrippers.com to help us plan an interesting and adventurous Memorial Day weekend.  One of our stops was at Mohican Adventures, an extravaganza of fun outdoor stuff, including an Arial Park, go-karts, and a large canoe livery.  We decided to try a seven mile canoe trip because it sounded like an awesome family adventure. I envisioned us paddling down the river, in total control of our boat, smiling and enjoying the scenery.  Although traveling seven miles would be challenging, I believed it would be manageable.  I’ve never been in a canoe before (except during 6th grade camp, which was a long, long time ago), but I thought, “How hard can it be?”  Well….  Continue Reading

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Five Favorite Gettysburg Moments

It’s taken me a lot longer than intended to share our experiences at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center.  As I looked through my images and videos, I found that they tell a powerful story on their own (with a little commentary from yours truly).  The following are my Five Favorite Gettysburg Moments:

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Harvest Hosts & Fox Hollow Farms

Picture this. You drive through winding, hilly country roads and finally turn onto the long driveway of a farm. After parking, you open the door to your RV and pause to take in your surroundings. You see green rolling hills and bright, golden sun kissing the crops and vegetation that surrounds you. You hear the wind as it rustles through trees and the light clucking of chickens, funny little snorts from pigs and the far away baaaaah-ing of a herd of sheep. You smell earth and clean air, with tinges of farm aromas. There is no one else around. It feels peaceful … and alive. Continue Reading

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Traveling To The Henry Ford Museum

We entered The Henry Ford Museum with only four hours to spend before closing.  For me, that was the perfect amount of time, but we could have easily spent a couple of days seeing all that the museum had to offer.

The biggest surprise was that the museum is not limited to Henry Ford’s incredible accomplishments.  Rather, the museum is an ode to american innovation and history. Continue Reading

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History Meets Wine: Fantastic Overnight RV Parking In Gettysburg, PA

After spending time at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center (more about our visit to Gettysburg in our next article), we headed to Adams County Winery to relax, enjoy some wine, and to park our RV for the night.  Adams County Winery is a Harvest Hosts destination, a part of a nationwide network of wineries and farms that allow RVers to stay on their property overnight at no cost (when you pay the $40-$44 annual membership fee).

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Exploring The Finger Lakes Region- Niagara Falls & Watkins Glen State Parks in NY (a recap)

We spent six days having a blast at Niagara Falls, NY and Watkins Glen, NY and surrounding areas, including Watkins Glen State Park, Robert E. Treman State Park, and Taughannock Falls State Park.  We hope you enjoy our Finger Lakes Region Series:

Finger Lakes Journey Part 1:  Falling for Niagara Falls

Finger Lakes Journey Part 2:  The GORGE-ous Gorge & Watkins Glen State Park, NY

Finger Lakes Journey Part 3:  Seneca Lake, Watkins Glen, CLR Winery & Harvest Hosts

Finger Lakes Journey Part 4: Taughannock Falls & Robert E. Treman State Parks

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Taughannock-ing on Heaven’s Door

This is the fourth article in a series about The Roadster’s travels to New York’s Finger Lakes Region. 

After visiting Niagara Falls, NY, we enjoyed all that Watkins Glen has to offer, including a stay at Watkins Glen State Park, an incredible visit to The Gorge, and a lovely afternoon at Seneca Lake’s waterfront.  The fourth day of our Finger Lakes Journey found us departing from Chateau LaFayette Reneau Winery, our gorgeous Harvest Host destination, and headed over rolling country roads toward Cayuga Lake, the longest of the eleven Finger Lakes in New York. Continue Reading

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Seneca Lake, Watkins Glen, NY & Harvest Hosts

This is the third article in a series about The Roadster’s travels to New York’s Finger Lakes Region.  

After an incredible visit to The Gorge and enjoying all that Watkins Glen State Park has to offer, the third day our Finger Lakes journey was spent enjoying Seneca Lake and the town of Watkins Glen.  Our evening ended with being wowed by the lakefront views at a winery in Hector, NY.

A Small Village With Big Attractions

The Village of Watkins Glen has a population of about 1,860 people.  As small as this town is, it’s quite famous for several things.  In addition to The Gorge, the town also has a  NASCAR racetrack, called Watkins Glen International.  The town is steeped in racing history, including the famous street race, Watkins Glen Grand Prix, which takes place on the hilly roads of the State Park and in the town of Watkins Glen. Continue Reading

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