LAST DAYS IN OHIO

[NOTE: I have to apologize. I’m so sorry! I have been rather busy the last two and a half months with family visits and activities. I will try harder to post more frequently.]

September 7, 8, and 9th were our last days in Ohio. We stayed at a KOA campground off of I 70 northwest of Dayton. We were just going to “hang out and relax” for a few days doing laundry and chores before going to Indiana to visit my sister and her family.

Our RV neighbor on our right came home late in the afternoon the first day we were there. We had finished our laundry and were relaxing on our patio. We, of course, said “Hello” and asked how their day had been. They said they had a FANTASTIC day at a museum and were going back there again the next day because they couldn’t see it all in one day. We asked where and what this museum was, and, boy, are we glad we asked! They had been to The National Museum of the United States Air Force. Well, guess what we were going to do the next day.

The National Museum of the United States Air Force is located just outside of Dayton, Ohio, on Wright Patterson Air Force Base, and might be one of the biggest museums I have ever been in. It is the largest military aviation museum in the WORLD. It features more than 360 aerospace vehicles and missiles on display and takes up 19 acres of indoor exhibit space. Imagine four of the largest airplane hangers ever along with several smaller buildings for snack bars and gift shop that connect the hangers. To say it is MASSIVE is an understatement!

Since we only had one day to see the museum (BELIEVE ME – you NEED at least 2-3 days!), we chose to see the Presidential Gallery and Space Gallery in first. It was the farthest hangar of planes from the entrance. In order to get there, we had to walk through the Missile Gallery. THAT was awesome!

I could talk for hours about this place, but I won’t bore you. I’ll just share SOME of my pictures with a few captions.

They have signs telling you how many minutes it will take you to walk from where you are to where you want to go! 🤣
We saw and were able to go in and look at the inside of several of the Presidential airplanes.
John F. Kennedy’s airplane was very meaningful to Jack and I because we remember the day he was shot, all the images in the news, and the infamous photo of Johnson being sworn in as President. We stood RIGHT near the place where the swearing in took place and right by the area where his casket traveled back to Washington D.C.
Wow! It’s terrible that we have so much space debris circling our planet. 😢

This is just a fraction of the pictures I took. Like I said, this place is SO HUGE and really needs 2-3 days to go through it properly. I definitely want to go back!

So, for now ….. “On the Road Again!”

Betty

CUYAHOGA VALLEY NATIONAL PARK

Just a short 40 minute drive from our RV park was a national park. I had never heard about Cuyahoga (pronounced: ki-yah-hoe-gah) Valley National Park before our visit to Ohio, so, of course, we had to visit it.

We drove to the Boston Mill Visitor Center first. I was glad we stopped here. I learned more about the river and park, but also learned that some areas of the park were closed because of road and hiking path repairs. We were only able to go see one of the falls in the area (Brandywine Falls), and I was disappointed. So much of this park you can only see by bicycle riding (which we don’t do) or hiking multiple miles (which we weren’t prepared to do that day). Oh, well, that’s life. Here is what we did see.

Boston Mill Visitor Center.
Cuyahoga River.
Looking down river from the bridge in previous picture.
Looking up river from the bridge. Can you find the two kayakers way upstream? You may have to zoom in.
Brandywine Falls.
This was part of the path to see Brandywine Falls from the bottom.

We had a lovely day. Of course, on the way home, we stopped for some ice cream!

So, for now ….. “On the Road Again!”

Betty

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