Lots of Places to see

Trip Start Dec 24, 2010
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Trip End Jun 01, 2011


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Touring with Jerry and Joyce

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Friday, May 13, 2011

Jerry and Joyce picked us up at Camp Sandusky at about ten thirty this morning.  Our goal was the lighthouse on Marble Island on Lake Erie.  It's not actually and island, but a peninsula that stretches out into the lake.  We reached it via a bridge. 

It's a beauty of a lighthouse and has a nifty little lightkeeper's house nearby.  The weather was warm, in the seventies and quite humid, but we were lovin' it.  The area isn't open until Memorial Day, but we spent some time wandering around the area and enjoying it.  The lighthouse still functions today as a landmark for pleasure boaters.  It has a green light, which I have learned differentiates it from ocean coastal lights. The area is very well kept, with green grassy areas and lots of benches for visitors and observers alike.  One can see Cedar Point just across the water.  It's a very old and popular amusement park and in summer, helps to flood the area with visitors.

Next we went to Johnson Island.  It is served by and earthen causeway these days, but was only accessible by boat in the early days.  The unique and interesting thing is the presence of a cemetery from the Civil War days.  Apparently, about two hundred confederate prisoners were kept there during the war.  Eventually, only officers were held there, except for "an occasional enlisted man, due to clerical errors."  The remaining site is the graveyard of those who died while in captivity.  After the war, the prisoners were "encouraged" to "swallow the eagle", meaning to sign an oath of allegiance to the United States.  The cemetery is in excellent repair and is very interesting.  One can see the Cedar Point Park from the water side of the area.

We had lunch later at the Jolly Roger restaurant.  Here Lynnie and I shared our first meal of perch.  Not bad tasting, but the time spent with our friends was the real highlight.  I could go on, as I am wont to do, but I'll resist this one time.  Many thanks to them for a great tour and time today.

Earlier in our trip, Jerry drove us to a log cabin from about eighteen fifteen, which was later owned by one of his family.  It's in fine repair.  We were glad that no one showed up to run us off with any type of weapon.  Only kidding!

It was a fine day.  Warm and blue-skied.  Our friends dropped us back at camp just a short while before supper.

We have our route and next camp planned out and we're ready to head out again tomorrow.
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