We camped at beautiful Four Mile Creek State Park while visiting Niagara Falls. Our campsite faced Lake Ontario, so we’d parked Island Girl with her windshield in and open to a view of the lake. And on the day of our departure, we were rewarded with a brief glimpse of a tiny Toronto skyline, only visible on clear days.
Well, it rained pretty hard the night before and the person driving Island Girl, who shall remain nameless, took a “shortcut” out of our campsite. Said unnamed person thought it would be easy to drive around to the next vacant campground and avoid backing out.
That’s when I heard an unhappy sound while returning from my walk with Angel. And I looked up to see Island Girl facing out on the campsite next to ours. And what was the sound? Tires…stuck…in…mud. And 29,000 pounds on top. Oh boy.
Fortunately, a gentleman I’d met while walking Angel came by to let me know that he’d been stuck in mud a few days earlier and the campground staff sent a tractor to pull him out for free. So I went to the office and asked for help.
And the campground gets BIG points for the free tow (we tipped of course).
After a late arrival, we headed to town to our niece Natalie’s and her fiancée Zach’s townhouse. They live in a cool urban setting near downtown Cincy called Over the Rhine. This neighborhood boasts among the world’s largest collections of Italianate architecture, rivaling similar neighborhoods in New York City, Vienna and Munich in size and scope. It’s also one of the largest historic districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
We all went to dinner at a gourmet hot dog (read that not too cheap) restaurant. I don’t often highlight restaurants on the blog, but I thought the Senate was well worth the prices. And I actually ordered poutine, which turned out to be the best poutine I ever had (apologies to Canadians, and especially Quebecois).
Late the following morning we went to Findlay Market, the state’s oldest continuously running public market. We just love farmers markets. Hector loves to cook so we decided to eat in the next two nights, and bought lots of fresh ingredients for our dinners.
That day we’d not brought Angel along so we headed back to the campground to freshen up, take Angel for her walk and feed her. And returned for a fabulous dinner cooked by the chef extraordinaire, Tio Hector, with assistance from our niece Natalie. Afterwards we went to a blues club and another nightclub for some music and a little dancing.
Our little “grand-nephew”, Calvin the cat did not take well to Angel’s visit, and hid downstairs most of the time. He ventured hesitantly up the stairs one time, got to the next to last step, and headed back down. Such a cutie.
Cincinnati was quite a surprise for us, it is a medium sized city but has big city amenities. We had a really fun visit with Nat and Zach and as a bonus got to discover a little bit of Cincy.