Friday, August 8, 2014

Hitch up twice

Lima, Ohio
Ottawa Metro Park Campground
Pull thru #13

The weather forecast was calling for an 80% chance of rain and rain for the next 5 days.  I thought we'd extend our stay, but as Bill said, there wasn't anything else to do in the area.  The nearest Walmart was 15 miles away.  

Bill went outside to drain the tanks, and I went outside to see what I could do.  We got already to hitch on the truck and there was a cloudburst.  I was waiting under the kingpin and Bill was in the truck waiting.  It finally let up and we looked at the dark skies and said, maybe we should stay put.  No problem, we got the electric cord and hoses out and hooked them up.  No sooner had we done that than the skies started to appear to clear.  We were only going to the Kentucky Horse Park which wasn't far.  OK, let's go.  We packed up again and actually left.  I wonder what those people in the motor homes watching us behind their closed blinds thought.  

It rained pretty hard just as we were coming to the exit for the White House State Historic Site that we planned to tour today.  We decided to pass it up, we weren't sure if they had room to turn the trailer around and didn't want to mess with it in the rain.  

When we got near the Kentucky Horse Park, the rain stopped and Bill said it was early and we'd just keep driving.  We thought maybe we might get a RV park near where John and Gerri Beckman are and meet them for lunch.  The traffic  and construction was terrible from Cincinnati north.  
At this point, we thought we'd stay at the Celina Fairground as we have stayed there previously and enjoyed the area.  I don't usually call ahead but I thought maybe there might be a fair going on.  The girl told me that they added an additional 24 sites and they didn't have any openings.  There was construction over most of the roads we traveled today.  The next campground I called, said they were full with road construction workers, but they had one site at their dealership along the side of the building.  It would be $35 per night.  Somehow that didn't sound appealing.  I called the Ottawa Metro Campground and the girl said she had 8 pull thru sites available before lunch.  She told me she would checked and call me back.  She called back and said they had two left, but they don't take reservations.  We held our breath that there would be an opening when we got here.  As it turned out, they had many openings, just 2 pull thrus.  

This is a beautiful park.  Huge sites, concrete pads, big new picnic tables, manicured lawns and a beautiful bath house. The sun was shining and there were two pull thrus to pick from. If we were staying longer, the back ins were really nice.  

The Bath House
The park host asked if we wanted a fire permit.  The permit costs $5.00 and you can help yourself to the woodpile for unlimited cut firewood.  I imagine there will be a lot of fires tonight.
Unlimited firewood with a $5 permit for your stay.

Last night we attended the dinner and show at Renfro Valley Barn.  The dinner was included at the Historic Lodge Restaurant across the street.  We could order anything off the menu with our show dinner/ticket.  I finally had my catfish dinner.  
Bill enjoyed a country ham dinner.

We walked around the shops waiting for the theater to open.  

This is a statue of Manuel Dewey Clark, Jr. who preformed for 51 years as the character Old Joe Clark.
The show was great.  It was the 50's and 60's and we really enjoyed the music.  We were amazed how they incorporated a performer that was in a wheelchair with a broken leg.  

It's definitely a place we'll stop again when in the area.  

Turtle Safely.....

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