With a name like Smuckers...

Trip Start Jul 13, 2013
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Trip End Aug 12, 2013


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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Thanks Doris and Joe—forget about the rollercoaster Sandy and Bob…

After reading Doris and Joe's suggestion as to where we should go today, John drug out the maps and after a short while studying we decided that (of course!!) they were absolutely correct. We changed our previous itinerary and decided to head to Amish Country in Holmes County today rather than going towards Sandusky at the moment. Holmes County is home to the largest Amish/Mennonite community in the world. This surprised us as we had assumed that the largest was in Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Learn something new every day I guess.

At any rate, we pulled out of camp at 10:15…running a little late as we had had a few maintenance chores to do before leaving. Shortly after leaving camp we drove into and through Mohican State Forest. We were still amazed at how much this particular part of Ohio looks like East Tennessee…we could just as easily have been driving down back roads in Sevier County. Just after crossing the border into Holmes County we saw a local country market, Harvey’s, and stopped in to buy some fresh cherries, some corn and a "candy" onion! I will try to give a report on what that tastes like when we use it.

We got some great family news as we drove on towards Loudonville (ancestral home of Frank and Marianne perhaps???). We got a text from our nephew in California, Matthew, letting us know that they have a baby boy on the way this coming December! I am sure that Autumn and little Fiona can hardly wait to welcome their new baby brother. I am ALSO sure that MY baby brother and my sister in law are over the moon with the news! Congratulations to the Maulding Clan!

Loudonville was a beautiful little town…very quaint and we enjoyed driving through it. Traffic was a little tight and we weren’t able to find a place to park easily so we drove on towards Millersburg which was also a neat little town. From there we headed to Walnut Creek and Der Dutchman restaurant per Doris and Joe’s suggestion. What can we say? The food was delicious. We split a meal of broasted chicken…which gave us at least mental permission to also split a piece of fresh peach pie! Our advice to you is that when Doris and Joe speak…you better listen!

From Walnut Creek we drove through the little town of Sugarcreek mainly because we know that a lot of Airstreamers enjoy going there for rallies. It had a different feel from the other towns we drove through today since it had a Swiss theme going on.

From Sugarcreek we drove on towards Dalton where we stopped (per instructions from you know who you are!) at P Graham Dunn’s. What a fascinating place! We were a little too late to see much happening on the factory floor below the store, but it was a very interesting stop none the less. Too bad we really don’t need anything at home as we saw any number of things that we liked. What we saw is only a tiny, tiny part of their business. They are one of the largest distributors of home decorations and gift items in the world. Good stop…thanks Doris and Joe.

From Dalton we drove towards Orrville, Ohio which as I am sure everyone knows, is the home of Smuckers. Part of our drive was on the Historic Lincoln Highway which we were on for many miles last summer on our trip out west. The Lincoln Highway was the first intercontinental highway here in the States.

Stopping in at the Smuckers’ place we did a quick look around at all that was for sale and then walked through their timeline exhibit in the back of the store. We hadn’t realized how many, many famous companies that Smuckers owns. Borden, White Lily, Dickerson Farms, Knudson Farms, Pillsbury and many, many more. Amazing.

Our drive today was a good one. It was very scenic and we think we got a better feel for what this part of Ohio is about. We had thought that the Amish area would look like Pennsylvania Dutch Country in Pennsylvania and were surprised at how hilly the area is. We saw several Amish buggies along the road and even saw one field that was being harvested by a man with a horse and wagon. We saw hay being stacked by hand and put on a wagon by Amish men…as we drove along beside that field in our home away from home the rest of the modern world raced by. It gives your mind a little jolt to see the juxtaposition of the old world and the modern one. Food for thought.

After visiting Smuckers, we drove back to Dundee, Ohio which is next to Mt. Eaton, and are staying for the night at Evergreen RV Resort. We arrived here at 5:30. It is a very nice park (paved sites which we like) and we plan to get out and walk around when it cools off a little more. As a side note for our RVing friends, this park was rated 10/10/10 in Trailer Life. This is Ohio’s only park rated this highly. It even has an indoor pool.

It has been a warm day but the humidity hasn’t been too high today. By the way…as a point of historical interest…today is the 5th anniversary of the purchase of our house in DWLP!

We drove 98 miles today.
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Renee on

Now you are in our home area----Smuckers is about 40 min. From Akron. Stop in Canton/Massilon to see the " First Ladies Museum".

dwlp.travelkids
dwlp.travelkids on

John says if I don't stop getting excited about suggestions we may NEVER make it to NY!! Having said that, we will look at the map and see if we will be close to that tomorrow! Thanks for the suggestion.

Ed on

Sounds like you are having fun. As for the 5th anniversary Frank and I are having a party at your house tonight for 100 or so close neighbors.
Keep on truckin and have fun.

Frank and Marianne on

Well...............now ya know. Because of the monthly royalties from Loudonville, we can afford to live at Del Webb with you folks.

Cheers,
Frank and MA

Rick & Linda on

Great party last night! Missed ya.

dwlp.travelkids
dwlp.travelkids on

Ed and Frank...As I am sure you are aware, Bruce (who works for the local police department) lives in our neighborhood...AND we have his phone number. Just saying.

dwlp.travelkids
dwlp.travelkids on

Renneagade...we have looked at the possibility of going to the First Ladies Museum on line, but from what we could tell from the website, there are no exhibits right now. At any rate, we plan to head out in a more north-westerly direction and won't be going towards the museum. Thanks for the suggestion, however. We are enjoying our tour of Ohio so far. We can see where you and Jim Bob enjoyed driving in this area. Who knew how much like East Tennessee it looked! Patricia of the Brown-eyed Tribe

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