Don't Make Me Come Back There!

Trip Start Mar 28, 2013
Trip End Jul 31, 2013

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Geneva State Park

Flag of United States  , Ohio
Saturday, July 27, 2013

We couldn't leave Indiana without first making a breakfast stop back at Tom's Donuts. What a great way to start the day! We had a four hour drive to Geneva State Park in Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio. Our last drive we had spent about $45 on toll roads and weren't overly thrilled to spend another $12 today. At the beginning of the trip we didn't mind, actually preferred, to take the smaller two lane highways. We loved looking at the countryside and all the small towns on the way. By this point on the trip we were definitely looking for the fastest route wherever we were going even if we had to travel on the larger highways that charged a toll. Not sure if everyone was just overtired or just plain sick of being in the truck but this drive felt like the longest four hours of our lives! Probably a sugar low from those donuts! Clare was whining and screaming for no reason, the boys were bickering back and forth and teasing each other and we were going crazy! Very rarely does Bruce lose his temper, certainly less than Aimee, but when he pulled over and gave the kids his big warning they knew he meant business! They even heard a, "don't make me come back there!".  They quietly settled down with some activities and then we got out our saving grace, the DVD player.

To top our day off we were hoping to get a first come, first serve site at the state park because we could only get a booking for one night. When we made the reservation for one night they said they would just transfer our reservation to a walk in then we could stay as long as we wanted for up to 2 weeks. When we got there all the first come, first serve sites had been taken! We could go to the site we reserved for the night but the next day we would have to try to get the ONE site that was coming open. The girl gave us a heads up other people wanted it as well and we would have to be first in line when the people occupying that site handed back in their tag. It could be anytime between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., a big hassle! Unbelievably, the man whose site was opening up the next day happened to come into the office at that point and said if we wanted to come to their site in the morning he would just give us his tag so we could get the site! We have such amazing luck sometimes!

He told us he was leaving by 9 a.m. so Bruce was there bright and early and picked up his tag. They were a really nice couple! It was a bit of a pain having to move sites but we left the ends open and Aimee and the kids rode behind the trailer on their bikes. It was funny to watch people's reactions as we drove through the campground! We liked our new site better as it was closer to the playground and showers and were really relieved things worked out.

The campground was really nice and was situated on Lake Erie. They had a paved bike trail from the state park into Geneva-on-the-Lake which was only about five Km's each way. The bike path was really nice and went by the marina and ended at a nice city park on the lake. We played at the park for a while before we biked back through the town. Geneva-on-the-Lake was actually a pretty dumpy town and must be completely dead in the winter as it seemed extremely touristy. There was at least four arcades on the main street and quite a few not so appealing motels. We were able to find a nice restaurant where we had lunch on the patio looking out onto the lake at least. The town does have a really nice lodge that we passed by on the bike trail and we stopped and played at the climber there on our way back to the campground. We also biked around the campground quite a bit and each of us picked which trailer we liked the best. This has become a bit of a tradition at each place we stay and it's always interesting to see what the boys pick!

The rest of our time was spent doing absolutely nothing. Well, nothing other then sitting in lawn chairs having a couple of drinks and playing with the kids outside. Their favourite activity lately is to colour the tires on the truck and trailer with chalk. It keeps them busy for ages and boy you should see those tires when they're finished. We sure notice everyone looking at them! They are also big into baseball right now, probably because that is what they seem to play with most of the kids they meet. We haven't noticed any of the kids playing soccer! 

The state parks have most definitely been Bruce and Aimee's favourite places to stay on this trip. The kids have enjoyed them too but they can't compete in their minds with Jellystone's water parks and jumping pillows! It feels crazy that this is the last state park we're staying at on this trip. It feels crazy that this trip is almost over! One more stop to go! There's nothing better then surprising the kids with one more Jellystone! It's in New York State and is suppose to be one of the best Jellystone Parks in the U.S.A.! We've told them we couldn't find anywhere very nice between here and home because everything is booked so we would let them decide how long we're going to stay. If they want to leave after one night and get home to Kingston that would be fine. We really played it up saying there was nothing to do at the campsite - no fishing or lake, no playground, etc. We felt a little bad teasing them! They were pretty sure they would want to leave after one night! Can't wait to see if they change their minds when they see it!
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