- geocaching around Mansfield,
- visiting the Ohio Bird Sanctuary,
- spending a fun day at Malabar Farm State Park (OH), which included a wagon ride and visits to all the farm animals,
- riding the unique hand-carved carousel at Richland Carrousel Park (OH),
- a day at King's Island, a major amusement park near Cincinnati, where my thrill-seeking kiddos rode the world's longest wooden roller coaster, The Beast, multiple times,
- camping for several days at Silver Lake State Park (MI) on the shore of Lake Michigan, where the big natural attraction is 2000 acres of sand dunes, including a sizable off-road vehicle area perfect for my FIL's hand-built dune buggy. He gave all of us thrilling rides around, over, under, and through those constantly shifting and changing dunes. And we still have the sand in our hair (and ears) to prove it!
- and a day at Cedar Point (Sandusky, OH), which has been voted best amusement park in the world for 12 years running. DH and I have many fond memories of visiting Cedar Point each summer with our families while growing up, and DH worked there several summers as a teen. We figure it had been 16 years since we last visited! It was fun to see how things have changed--and what has stayed the same all these years. Cedar Point boosts 17 roller coasters, and among the four of us, we hit 14 of them--all except the two "kiddie" coasters and the stand-up coaster that we'd heard was pretty uncomfortable to ride. Our thrill-seeking offspring loved every second of their extreme rides!!
Thanks so much for stopping by! I'll see you back here again soon. :)