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August 19, 2021

Road Trip 2021 - Dayton OH

As I mentioned in the previous post we left Denver with the intent of making good time to Dayton.  Well we did pretty good, but take a couple hours for a stop in Hannibal MO.  The home of Mark Twain and Molly Brown.  We were here before in August 2017 and did all the sightseeing then, but missed taking a river boat ride.


We can now cross that off the ToDo list :)  I’m glad we did it, but the whole time I’m thinking more of the chores ahead than the beauty of the Mississippi River.  Perhaps more references to Twain’s writings would have kept my interest better.  No mention of the ‘Cave’ nor ‘Injun Joe’ as the boat passed those sites.  But quite a bit of time was spent on ‘Lover’s Leap’.

We arrived at Fran’s childhood home a little behind schedule.

The  A/C was not working.  It's hot, it's humid, it's not at all comfortable to me.  It was a no-brainer to have that repaired quick.  Five Star did some testing and was out the next day with a new unit.  Whew!

The master bedroom with stained gray carpet and pink walls .. keep or change?

The bathroom is fair, but dated and needs a good cleanup. 

The kitchen isn’t all that bad, but needs a facelift.

The hearth is missing from the living room fireplace.

And the hallway?  The upstairs bathroom leaked!  And damaged the lath-and-plaster ceiling and walls.

If these repairs are not demanding enough on our time, nephew Joey and Kathy were married during Covid, but are having a reception in her hometown of Niagara.  It’s 450 miles one way ... just-a-day-away!  We’re there!

We’ve enjoyed Niagara Falls before and again camped at Four Mile Creek State Park.  We had a great site with Lake Ontario just across the grass. 

As before we were directed to Lot #3 on Goat Island for RV parking.  With a limited amount of time we decided to walk the island, last time we took the shuttle to the main sights off the island, on both the US and Canada side.

From Goat Island the tops of Bridalveil and American Falls are seen.  There’s a long line to ride the Maid of the Mist on the bridge.  Fran did that last time while I did a rim hike.  She says I had the better option.

Horseshoe Falls is the big draw.  It’s better viewed from the Canadian side.

The reception was held at Kin Loch Farmstead.  Am awesome informal barn and outdoor setting.

In my previous post we met Lucca while we were in the Denver area. Now Grandpa Joe is meeting her for the first time.

Meet Joey and Kathy with his parents, Joe and Marsha, and Joey's sisters, Lora and Katie.

No cake, but an ice cream truck for dessert.  Clever idea since a cake would have melted!


As I mentioned Joey and Kathy were married in August of last year.  They are expecting their first child November this year – a boy.  The car decorations reflect that … fun.

Back at the house, I’m still busy with demolition.  While Fran is removing years and layers of paint from the door jam and window sills.


Junk King came the next day to cart off all the discards.

While Junk King was collecting the discards, we were moving the remaining furniture from the two bedrooms.  Simpson Flooring arrived the next day to resurface the hardwood floors hidden under the carpeting.

It’s hard knee cracking work, but WOW!, what a difference!  Hard to believe all that hardwood flooring was under ugly gray carpet.

Now we’ll have more contractors doing their assigned tasks and I expect time for some fun.

The Dayton area has some really great history, preserved at the Carillon.

Some Fun Dayton Facts: 
1.  The Wright brothers, two Dayton sons of a preacher, taught the world how to fly.

2.  The Dayton Triangles won what is considered the first NFL game, October 3 1920 on their home field at Triangle Park, defeating the Columbus Panhandles 14-0.

3.  In 1934 Dayton was home to the world's first soapbox derby

4.  In 1909 a Dayton built Stoddard won the the first race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with an average speed of 57.4 mph.


  1. One day at a time! Looks like you and Fran are making quick progress and getting things done. Love, love the hardwood floor…it’s beautiful! What a beautiful home Fran grew up in. I love the porch.
    Niagara Falls remains one of my favorite destinations…we actually went there in our 5th wheel before we retired. Congratulations to Joey and Kathy on their marriage and and son. What a “cool” idea to have an ice cream truck. Of course that is coming from someone who seems to be addicted to ice cream and has to show great will power not to eat it!

    1. It's hard to understand the thinking at the time of laying carpet over the hardwoods. But they are now fully restored and look GREAT!!
      I'd like to do Niagara again, this is the 3rd trip for us and it gets better each time.
      The ice cream truck was indeed a 'novelty' idea. Even had my fav - blackberry sherbet!

  2. Looks like you're having a little fun and....a lot of work. That's the way it goes sometimes but I like it more the other way around! We spent lots of time at Niagara Falls in our youth, even got engaged in one of the beautiful Canadian parks. We watched them slowly stop those falls in order to do some stabilization work, if you can imagine that!

    1. I cannot imagine the falls without the water! That would be worth the effort to see. Living on the Finger Lakes I'm sure you have a lot of memories of the parks in the area.
      The house has been neglected for sometime so lots of TLC is needed to get it back into shape.

  3. Someone is going to need a nap or two after all that hard work. The ice cream truck was such a cool idea.

    1. Yupper!!! a good nap is part of the day! It's hot, it's humid, it's tiring. On the down side a good glass of wine to relax with is harder to find :(
      For sure thee ice cream truck was a fun thing to do and a big hit with all the guests.

  4. My brothers and I cleaned out and renovated our parents' home a couple years ago - very similar issues as you have. It was a bunch of work and required plenty of professionals, but it came out great. Revealing those beautiful hardwood floors makes all the difference in the world. I'm glad to see you guys got to do something fun in between all the home projects!

    1. It's good to hear from someone who understand it takes an effort just to clean up an old house.
      For sure more fun to be found in our schedule in the coming weeks.

  5. Is there ever a good time to visit Ohio? Floors are gorgeous. Ice cream truck is a cool idea.

    1. Good question !!! And I'm sure Fran would have a different answer :)
      I agree, we are very please with the floors. Still lots of work and painting to be done ... ugh!

  6. Beautiful floors. !! Really worth it - the AC also. Excellent vacation!!


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