Wow! I can hardly believe my last update was 17 days ago. Time flies! Well, it certainly flew by for me and Bo out camping for two weeks. Lots to report and lots of photos, of course. Sit back and revisit our trip with me! (If this starts feeling like it is getting too long for prolonged enjoyment, I may decide to do two posts instead of one loooooong one....we'll see how it goes...).
My crazy blog title?? It has some significance:
- 2 Weeks
- 1 Campground
- 2 Campsites
- 0 Interet
Yes, NO internet.....this is my valid excuse for not blogging for so long! A signal was available a few miles away from our camp ground, but it was if-y and just too much to deal with to create an entire post with photos, etc....especially with no backup power cord for the laptop...I left it behind at home base.
Now for some details.... We finished up our "business" at home base and took off, heading east, on June 4th. Mondays are usually pretty good for getting a decent choice of campsites as most campers have gone home after a weekend of campfires and mosquito bites. The worst part of this journey was driving on the interstate. UGH. I could have taken back roads but for the same amount of miles it would have taken, at the minimum, an hour longer and a lot of navigation. I wanted to get to my destination so there would be time for a new idea if my original plan didn't work out for any number of reasons. But, with that said, once we hit Zanesville, we got off the interstate and had a pretty 30-mile drive south on Ohio By-Way 284. It was rolly-polly, curvy, hilly, twisty, turny, windy, and every other adjective which does not mean "flat" and "straight"!
First, a little history about the area we called "home" for two weeks. It is called
AEP ReCreation Land.
We stayed at this site until Thursday afternoon, with the weather cooperating and cool, knowing that the weekenders would soon start arriving and this area of the campground would probably be very active. I wanted to score a good campsite on up the lane before others had the same idea. More on Site #2 coming up.
I have a really nice 65 qt Yeti cooler which holds ice for many days. But, eventually, you do need to replenish it. The nearest town, McConnelsville, is about 15 miles from this campground. So, we did go "into town" a few times over the two weeks.
McConnelsville is right on the Muskingham River. It's an old, small, quaint, one-main-street kinda town with a center rotary. (Most all of the upcoming photos of McConnelsville were taken from the van while driving...).
The center's statue is that of "Simpson" (to his hometown). The bronze statue is a Civil War private which stands 13 feet tall. It is perched on a block of granite that came from the Gettysburg battlefield. McConnelsville is a big reinactment community. There is a lot of history here.
The Twin City Opera House, which opened to the public in 1892, hosts live drama and musical performances, film screenings and ghost tours. McConnelsville, in general, is known for its paranormal happenings!
Our primary stop and reason for going to McConnelsville was ice and replenishing our food supply a bit. Right on the main drag was a Kroger's. If you are at all familiar with Ohio, Kroger is headquartered in Cincinnati, making it the largest chain grocery in the state. Why would anyone care to know about Kroger?? Well.....
This particular Kroger store is known for it's diminutive size. It is THE SMALLEST Kroger store in existence. Who knew?? Literally, if someone enters the same time you do, you have to walk single file through the aisles. It's a little crazy in there, but the good news is, you don't have to walk five minutes to the far back corner of the store just for a gallon of milk! There are two very short, cramped, checkout counters with very friendly employees. The size of the town (pop. 1800) will probably never warrant a larger store than this. Anyway, just some McConnelsville trivia!
Yep, I think this post is going to get too long if I keep going with the rest of The Tale of Two Weeks at Sand Hollow. So, I'll end here for now and catch up the rest of the trip in a day or two. Hope you have enjoyed the adventure so far.
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Chapter II coming up!