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Not Ready To Leave Ohio Yet

We ended up extending our stay at Cross Creek another day. We just had too much to do to leave just yet. Columbus is a mecca for all things shopping. If you can’t find it in Columbus, you probably don’t need it :)

We took advantage of Stacey’s Costco membership to get 4 new tires on the toad. After that nasty blow-out in West Virginia, we wanted to make sure we were safe enough to drive to Idaho. The aluminum wheel involved in the blow-out was too far gone to reuse, but as luck would have it, Columbus is home to the one and only Wheel Medic; they specialize in repairing and resurfacing aluminum and steel wheels. Although ours was beyond repair, they did have a couple used wheels in stock that were a perfect match for our Saturn at a fraction of the new cost. We got our spare tire mounted and ready for our next tire emergency.

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Columbus Zoo With Friends

We spent the day with our long-time friends Doug and Stacey and their 2 kids. Jason used to work with Doug at Honda. We spent a few hours at the nation’s best zoo, per Wikipedia, enjoying the animal exhibits. We made sure to check out the favorites: the reptiles, kangaroos, elephants and aquarium.

Then we saw all the animals in-between those exhibits…

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Full Circle: Our Return to Ohio

OHIO!

We went back, full circle, to where our little family started. We moved to Columbus after marriage back in 1996.

Jason worked as a Design Engineer for Honda R&D and I worked for an architectural firm downtown.

Mr T was born in Westerville, OH and we got to drive through the town. It hasn’t changed much; it is still as cute as ever. The areas where we used to live have grown tremendously! It was hard to recognize the area. Our first house had been repainted and the cul-de-sac still looked nice but the rest of the neighborhood really went downhill. Such a shame.

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Hocking Hills State Park

Hocking Hills State Park ranks high on my favorite places list. We were last here for our first wedding anniversary and the area is just as beautiful, albeit a bit more civilized. Let’s just say it has the nicest Walmart I’ve ever set foot in.

We stayed at the KOA nearby, who made us stay a minimum of 3 nights in order to get full hookups, which was a first—crazy. The park was excellent though, so it wasn’t a hardship.

We did hit some undesirable weather on the first day, so we sat home and started school for the year. The kids were thrilled! Ok, not really. The next day was perfect though, so we set out to explore!