I feel terribly guilty for not having a post about Ohio yet since I have been away for a week now. I know not having internet is a good reason, but I had such an amazing time I feel like I should be shouting it from the roof tops and making the effort to stop at a Starbucks for the free Wi-Fi. Ohio’s welcome sign says “So much to Discover” and that rings true everywhere. With four presidents originating out of Ohio, to the creation of aviation plus the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame, Cedar Point and plenty of hiking trails there is something for everyone! I personally toured the Garfield house, went on a walk every night, took a very informative trolley ride around Cleveland, met Dolly Parton in Columbus, went to the Cleveland Aquarium, was recruited by NASA, jammed out at the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame and made sure my heart was in good working order on the rides at Cedar Point. I had a blast.
A little back story, about 6 years ago I waited on a gentleman who was in town for the Xcel Outage. Thankfully he only has good memories of my serving/pie baking skills, but the first time I met him I kept screwing up everything. It was crazy busy and it took me forever to get his coffee and his order. I screwed up what kind of toast he wanted. Usually if I am in this situation I try to be nice, but quickly give them their bill so I can get the entire experience over with. This time instead I just kept talking and word vomiting random stories to try and turn this downhill experience around. Well it must have work because I eventually told him about my goal to road trip the United States; he said if I was ever in Ohio I could stay with him and his wife. They are truly the greatest people and amazing host. Not only did they open their home to me, they showed me all around Ohio and gave me 10 plus suggestions of things to do in other states. It was so nice to finally meet his wife. She is probably the most inspiring and genuine person I have ever met. She was so smart and interesting. Her eyes would light up when sharing stories and she has this wonderful hearty laugh. I could tell she was so passionate about life. Absolutely great people and I hope I get the opportunity to go back again. If you are reading this I don’t think I could thank you enough, but thanks again!