It was time to visit the grandparents again, so we headed West across the Allegheny Mountains and north to our favorite Great Lake. The trees were beginning to change color, yet the weather was warm enough to take a dip in Lake Erie. First, though, we had dinner in the lovely little city of Chardon.
While there are many small cities and towns in Ohio that have succumbed to economic woes and the accompanying population loss, Chardon was looking quite well. There was a town square with a lovely gazebo flanked by historic brick buildings, and there were flower baskets hanging along the shops, and a neat bricked sidewalk. Also, there was live bluegrass music in the gazebo on that Friday night. We saw a farmer’s market in the square, an historic town clock that was working, and people enjoying the music. I was marveling at the surroundings and the perfect evening, while my less-optimistic brother, who grudgingly survived last year’s harsh winter there, commented “yeah, enjoy it now because there will be three feet of snow on it next week!”
The weather was sunny and warm every day, and every day I attempted to get the kids to the beach, but they wanted to be spoiled by my parents, jump on the neighbor’s trampoline, and play with the neighborhood kids instead. One day I finally succeeded.
We went to Fairport Harbor, home of an historic lighthouse and its little corner of the Lake Erie beach. It was summer-like weather without the crowds and parking fees, what not to like?
We saw sailboats – too bad we didn’t have the Dragonfly along. The kids were happy cartwheeling and enjoying a little bonus summertime.
After a few days there, we headed back East, but not quite home, we had another adventure up our sleeves, stay tuned for part 2 of this little trip!