WARNING lots and lots of pictures!!!
I used to say things like "Ohio is flat like a board" or "I wouldn't want to live anywhere in Ohio except for Cincinnati". Looking at a map though, I realized that I really haven't seen much of Ohio except for I-75. We decided that we needed to change that and so we left on our Ohio road trip.
I really didn't plan this trip like I plan other trips. I only had two nights/ three days for this trip and not much time to plan anything. Checking Pinterest brought a ton of ideas but what we really wanted to see where these three main things: Hocking Hills, Cuyahoga Valley and Put-In-Bay. We have been to Put-in-Bay but that was 13 years ago and without kids. Or other main goal was for the kids to collect more National Park Passports. See more about that HERE
We left in the morning and our first stop was Hopewell Culture Historical Site in Chillicothe.
As soon as we arrived we were invited to join a Atlatl demonstration. We never even heard of an atlatl (Have you?) and to hear about it's history and get to use one was an amazing start to this trip!
Afterwards we checked out the Indian mounds, learned about the history and Finn finished up his first Junior Ranger Program of the trip!
These pictures below crack me up... very typical if I try to take a picture and Finn is not the center of the universe (or the picture!)
From the Hopewell Culture we headed out towards Hocking Hills. Like on many trips (SEE HERE) we had to make a U-turn and save a turtle from it's looming death. We decided on Old Mans Cave for our first stop in Hocking Hills. But not before a quick lunch break with Spam sadwiches in the parking lot. Haha
It rained that morning and all the colors were so vibrant plus the waterfall was really strong!
We loved the stone bridges and all the little tunnels and caves so much we spent quiet a bit of time there.
We left Hocking Hills to head towards our tee pee we booked for the night near Logan, Ohio. It's only a short drive (maybe 25 minutes) and we checked out Logan Lake on the way. Another tip for road trips is that whenever you see a fruit stand.... STOP! We always buy something for a snack and talk to the locals about events or other things happening in the area!
We arrived at our tee pee mid afternoon. Set up camp and relaxed for a little bit. Our tee pee was next to this pond and as cute and entertaining it was for the kids during the day... at night it was LOUD! At some points during the night, I seriously thought there was a donkey in our tee pee. It was that LOUD! haha
After we settled in and relaxed we decided to head over to Rockhouse and take a (very) small hike there.
Rockhouse was really amazing and except for the million steps going up and down it was a relatively easy hike.
Back at the tee pee we fixed dinner... a family favorite and such an easy meal to make on a camping trip. Only three ingredients: Jambalaya Rice Mix, Crushed Tomatoes and Kielbasa.
We ended the night with a serious talk about behavior and expectations we have from the kids and settled in our tee pee.
My highlight of the day: driving down the winding roads towards Hocking Hills and realizing how stunning Ohio really is!
The kids highlight of the day: Throwing the Atlatl.
Scot's highlight of the day: learning about the Indian mounds.
Have you been to Hocking Hills? We can't wait to go back as there is so much more to do and see!