Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Put-in-Bay, OH

On Monday, Morty crawled the short distance to Catawba Island for the ferry to Put-in-Bay. I was last there in about 1948 at the age of 4 on a day-trip with my grandmother. Some vivid memories of that trip: an all-day affair from Cleveland and back again; time for just an elevator ride up the tower and walk back to the ship; she packed butterscotch brownies; I was asleep by the time we were back in port.

There are two competing ferries, a longer faster one which would have cost $120; and a shorter slower one which runs more frequently and costs $26 for 2 round trips. This is what competition is all about, I think.

This trip up the tower was our first opportunity to get the Senior Pass from the National Park Service for lifetime free admissions -- pretty good deal.

We had been seeing ads for the best lobster bisque in the state. So we went to the Boardwalk Cafe and tried it out. It was indeed wonderful -- must be the fresh local lobster right out of Lake Erie. We rented a golf cart for the day and covered just about the entire island. Stopped for a dish of Buckeye Delight icecream before the trip back.

When we returned to Morty, his map had one thing to say: the distance to the next campsite is not much different from the distance home. Also, staying in Ohio Parks was getting painful to be reminded that if we had our Golden Buckeye card, the daily fees would be cut 50% from Sundays to Thursday -- something to remember for the next go-list. So that was it for this trip. We are now home for a spell, trying to catch up with the backlog of mail etc.l

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