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  • Rusty and Cindy Stimmel


When you are on the road often times you fail to look ahead to holidays, you just forget and go along day by day. This was the case with us. We forgot that the Labor Day Holiday was coming so close and failed to procure a campsite early enough to get a good spot. So we were almost desperate for a camp spot. Cowan Lake in an Ohio Stated Park was the only opening we could find. When we arrived on Friday, August 31st, we were resigned to take whatever we got. We were directed to what was basically the Tent Sites with no hook-ups and asphalt that dipped toward the grass. Our ride was the only RV in this area. The rest were Tents. And we were confused about which site was which (the signs were not very clear) and we inadvertently parked in the wrong spot. We couldn’t get Miss M level enough and it was really hot and muggy! Yet we had no choice but to endure the weekend.

Russ did catch several small bluegill in his float tube on the Lake, which was the only redeeming feature of this area. By Sunday, we were miserable and desperate to leave this area, so we went to the office and were told to go to a certain place in the main park and see if one spot was open, to leave something to save the spot, then come back and register. So we did just that, were able to hook up and turn on the AC for blessed relief!

Our next move was to Alton RV Park near Columbus, Ohio.

We visited the Columbus , Ohio Temple, then to visit with Rusty’s Aunt Millie who is 98 years young! We had a delightful visit for a couple of hours with this amazing person.

We moved to AW Marion Campground where Russ stayed by himself for a week while Cindy flew to Portland Oregon to surprise her mother for her 80thBirthday and a party her family was having for her. Rusty got some maintenance done on Miss M and did his best alone for the week. Rusty fished in the lake at the campground, caching a bunch of bluegill and several bass on poppers, mostly in the evenings.

Once Cindy returned from her mother’s house, we took off for Old Man’s Cave Park, Campground still in Ohio. This was near a wonderful hike to see the beautiful waterfalls and landscape. We enjoyed a wonderful hike and scenery.

Our adventure was a drive through the Cuyahoga Valley, including Brandywine Falls, Blue Hen Falls, and a Railroad Stop where people could take a ride. We just had a picnic lunch. Our favorite stop was a Canal Exploration Center that had an actual reconstructed Lock. Russ also got a “Fishing” badge for Jr. Rangers! It was a fun day. Later we actually fished-both of us. Cindy caught a couple of bluegill on Lures and Rusty got about 15-20 bluegill and a couple of largemouth bass on a fly.