We were hoping for better weather on the holiday weekend, but day two wasn't a big improvement. We were able to stop at a farm stand outside Union City and get our last glads of the season. We've been stopping at this small roadside stand to buy flowers each summer for about a decade.
We had loaded the gps' hoping to get a break from the rain and stop for a walk and a cache or two on the way. The rain came and went, but mostly came.
We were able to head out in the late afternoon to do some much needed cache maintenance. We are getting ready for caches that will be active during GeoWoodstock next July. We retired a few, placed some new ones, and finally gave a lot of thought to where we would move AGT-Warren-Irvine at Night.
I had no idea the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow was located in a parking lot behind the Warren K-Mart. :-0
It was Geauga County Fair day and rough weather. It rained for most of the morning so we spent a long time at Rich's parents visiting. When the weather broke, we walked to a nearby cemetery with Dave (Me and Bucky) to make a find on a cache in the cemetery. It was an interesting cemetery find. Since Dave went to school in Burton, he made field trips to this cemetery to learn local history. He showed us the grave of a former Ohio Governor. We also saw this interesting stone inset from someone who was killed in France in 1916 during WWI.
This is the first marker we have seen for a Boy Scout. The young man passed at 15 in the 1930's.
Our friends' parents had this flying in front of their home. Do you think they knew we were going to be there? ;-)
Once the weather broke, we made our way to the fair. Yes they still have Walking Tacos. Dave was happy to make that his food stop for the afternoon.
The goats were a little active and we saw some butting. Ali found one or two that were just looking for some head scratches.
It was the Ohio Lightway Horse Pulling Championship. Unlike last year, a lot of teams had traveled to Geauga County to try to claim the title. We sat in the grandstand this year. I was a lot happier at arena level so we'll be standing next year for the pull. It was a super pull with a lot of teams passing 10,000 pounds which was great considering the mud from the rain.
And They're Pulling!
After the lightweight pull, we went to play a few carny games. Tara and Johnnna tried their hand at the ring toss on the bottles, but were unsuccessful. After that we all wandered over to the main event at the SkeeBall game. I am not a big-time SkeeBall champion, but I knew I had a mission. After a game or two, I had won Ali a shimmering strand of plastic beads which I bestowed upon her. She took the mantle and quickly commented on what a hero I was for winning her beads. hehehe... Rich's friend Barb immediately got the idea and began to pout because Rich had failed in his mission to bring home the SkeeBall riches. Fortunately for Rich, I am not that good at SkeeBall and he was able to deliver under pressure. We had a great time.
29 August 2010 Finishing the Ohio State Park Series
Only a Geogeek would think a lock-n-lock with a camo strap is a fashion statement. :-)
This is the fifth year we have done the smaller Ohio State Park series. Some years the series has been a strenuous physical challenge. This year's version was quite tame with only eight multis spread across four parks. We were out today with GG to finish the last of the series and spend the day caching in the area.
28 August 2010 Caching Our Way to the Randolph Fair
It was our first visit to the Randolph Fair. We really liked the ag sections and enjoyed the fair. We left earlier than usual though once the jet trucks started up in the grandstand area. The sound was overwhelming everywhere in the fairgrounds. It was so loud the draft horses started kicking the stall walls whenever a truck ran.
The Corn Festival is a local tradition dating all the way back to... oh about 5 years ago. It's a little tough when you don't really have a tradition and try to start one. It's even tougher when people who know the area scratch their heads and say corn? It's not like the area is filled with corn fields.
All the same, the organizers have been earnest and made a great effort at revitalizing the town. I think they have failed at their attempts to bring in tourists, but it's a nice, local event. We were passing through town this morning and stopped for a walk around and a piece of pie.