Fall Festival in Wabasha, Minnesota

The fall festival in Wabasha, Minnesota is a wonderful fall event for the entire family to attend. The town is decorated with wonderful fall decorations and pumpkins of all sizes and shapes. There were pumpkin carving demonstrations and face painting for the children. The houses in Wabasha were decorated nicely with gorgeous fall decorations and displays of different types and varieties. They had popcorn and candies and much more to eat. Some of the stores in Wabasha had wonderful fall displays that would work in any ones home to enhance the true beauty of the fall season in your home.


It was wonderful to see that the old Anderson House Hotel was up and running again. The rooms are nicely appointed and each room has its own private bathroom. The suites in the Anderson House Hotel are out of this world. The suites are lovely and spacious and you could not ask for anything more in a lovely and majestic suite. They serve wonderful food when you stay at the Anderson House Hotel in Wabasha, Minnesota. The hotel has a nice gift shop.


The town of Wabasha has many nice shops that offer a variety of different items for sale. I found a nice antique store, cardy and coffee shop, jewelry store, hardware store and more. Do not forget to visit the National Eagle Center while you are in Wabasha, Minnesota. You will learn a lot of interesting facts about Eagles that you never would have  even imagined. The size of the Eagles nest will amaze you. Be sure to watch the awesome video that the National Eagle Center has put together to show and depict the life of the wonderful majestic Eagle.


I would highly recommend a fall trip to Wabasha, Minnesota.  You and your entire family will have an awesome time in Wabasha.

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Marblehead and Vermilion Lighthouse Located in Ohio

Marblehead lighthouse is the oldest continually operating  lighthouse on the Great Lakes.The lighthouse has been in operation since 1822. Guided tours are available May thru Oct. Th lighthouse is a 85 feet tall limestone structure that was built in eleven weeks.  Its beacon helped lead wayward ships back to the shore safely. The beacon had 13 oil burning reflective lamps originally. The lamps generally burned whale oil. The lighthouse keeper had to keep the lamps filled with whale oil which was heavy work and hard work in lifting the lamp oil up all of the stairs to the top of the lighthouse were the lamps were located. Today the lighthouse has a 20 watt led  fixture. When touring the lighthouse make sure you look at all of the historical photos and artifacts, including the last Fresnel lens to operate the lighthouse. I loved my tour of this magnificent old lighthouse that is still operating yet today. themarbleheadpeninsula.com.


The Vermilion lighthouse is a replica of the original that was moved to Lake Ontario. Vermilion was without a lighthouse for 63 years. The lighthouse is located next to Main Street Beach. You can walk around the lighthouse but you cannot enter it. I was impressed with the beauty of this smaller lighthouse.

marblehead house

The town of Vermilion had a lot of old shops and stores that looked like they would be very interesting to go into. I was very impressed with this small town. People were sitting next to the beach eating ice cream cones and relaxing an having a good evening. The stores were all closed as we entered Vermilion because it was ten minutes after 5 PM. I would like to go back to this town when all of the stores and shops would be open for business. Vermilion.net.

holly hocks

I love to look at all kinds of lighthouses and discover the vast history of these tall majestic beauties hat helped saved the lives of many people over the years.

marblehead photo

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Lanterman’s Mill Located in Youngstown , Ohio

I had the privilege of taking a tour of Lanterman’s Mill with one of the descendants of the original builder of the mill . I always love to look at the mechanical workings of a Grist mill. It is fun to watch the grain move along the conveyor belt into the grind stone area of the grist mill. You can observe the ingenuity involved in the early production of meal and flour. You can smell the aroma’s that the freshly ground flour gives off. I love the gentle sound of the water as it flows towards the water wheel. In their gift shop area you can purchase stone ground cornmeal, buckwheat, and whole wheat flour that are preservative free. Some of the local stores sell their flour also.

lettermans mill

Lanterman’s Mill , a historic landmark, was built in 1845 – 1846 by German Lanterman and Samuel Kimberly. The mill was restored in 1982 – 1985 through a gift from the Ward and Florence Beecher Foundations. The mill is a community treasure that represents one of the many pioneer industries developed along Mill Creek and operates today as it did n the 1800’s grinding grains into flour.

lantermans mill

Walking around the mill is wonderful with breath taking views of the mill and bridges. There are plenty of beautiful flowers to look at. Explore Mill Creek Gorge for a dramatic peek into the area’s geologic history. Gorge Trail is a beautiful two – mile loop along Mill Creek bordered by rugged outcrops of sandstone. A boardwalk spans 1000 feet of this trail.

In 1933 the first floor of the mill was converted into a nature museum, then into the Parks historical museum in 1972. Lanterman’s Mill was entered into the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the interiors in 1974. The renovation of Lanterman’s  Mill was no small feat. Many obstacles had to be overcome during the costly and painstaking renovation which began in 1982. I am very glad that people had enough interest in this grand old mill to save it and get it back into working order again for generations to come to love and enjoy as much as I did.

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African Safari Wildlife Park Located in Port Clinton, Ohio

I was provided tickets to the African Safari Wildlife Park Located in Port Clinton, Ohio to facilitate my review . All thoughts are 100 % honest and my own.

buffalo at park

We were provided a large cup of food to feed the animals just before we entered the park. Alpaca’s ran up to our car to great us. We threw out some food to them and they ate it up quickly. We could watch them through the car windows or you can have your windows down on your car. The Alpaca’s would literally stick their heads in your car and look at you. As we drove through the park a lot of small deer came up right next to our car  and we feed them also. Later on the White Bison ran up to the car and looked at us. A car in front of us had the Bison sticking their heads in their car waiting for them to feed them. I liked looking at the two humped camels and the Scottish Highlander cattle. Some people had purchased carrots from the man at the gate to feed the Giraffe’s. The Giraffe’s would stick their heads down over the fence and eat up the carrots that they were given. I found our drive through the park very interesting and educational. I was not aware of the fact that these animals would be as gentle as they were.

alpaca at park

We did the walk thru part of the park also. The White- Handed Gibbon’s entertained us with their acrobatic movements. They would swing on the ropes and sway back and forth on the ropes. I loved looking at the Red Kangaroo in the park. I found the White American Alligator interesting to look at in the fact that it was all white. Their were many more animals to look at. They have a pig race for the kids and camels that the kids can ride on. For more information on the park go to AFRICANSAFARIWILDLIFEPARK.COM.

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Merry go round musuem located in Sandusky, Ohio

I was provided tickets to the merry go round museum  located in Sandusky, Ohio. All thoughts are 100% honest and my own.

I enjoyed looking at all of the carousel items. I found out that the rooster was a very rare carousel item as compared to the horse or the tiger.

chicken merry go round

I enjoyed riding on the old Merry go round at 9 miles per hour. Most Merry go rounds go around at 5 miles per hour. It was my 50 year anniversary of riding on a Merry go round. I enjoyed my ride again after a fifty year wait. At the Merry  Go Round Museum, relive your childhood excitement as you ride the fully restored Allan Hershel carousel. They have a lot of the old carousel tigers, horses ,etc. that the great carousel masters took lots of pride and joy in making them. The admission is only $6.00 for adults and $4.00 each for children 4 to 14 years of age and free for children four and under. You receive a token for a free ride on the Merry Go Round with your admission price. I loved all of the craftsmanship that went into the horse that I sat on on my merry Go Round ride. The carving of the wood and the paint was spot on.

tiger merry go round

I especially love carousel tigers, lions, and the more unusual variety of animals. I love the old carousel pump organ music that reminds me of my early childhood days. There are not that many old carousels left in the world for us to enjoy anymore. I love the fact that the merrygoroundmuseum.org  in Sandusky, Ohio takes great pride in preserving these great wooden masterpieces on the carousel rides.

I truly enjoyed spending part of my afternoon at the Merry Go Round Museum I saw people their with their children having an awesome time.

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Kelleys Island, Ohio

We were provided free boarding passes on the Jet Express to Kelleys Island. We were also provided the use of a golf cart from Lil Casino to facilitate my review. All thoughts are 100 % honest and my own.

The Jet Express is the fastest way to the islands. The seats on the Jet Express were soft and comfy . There rates are reasonable and you make it to your island in only twenty minutes. The Jet Express was very clean. jet-express.com.

We picked up our golf cart from Lil Casino . Our golf cart worked fine and it was a breeze using it on Kelleys Island to get around safely and quickly. kelleysislandcasino.com.

kelleys island

Kelleys Island, Ohio’s largest island, is an outdoor-lover’s delight. The island has awesome views, hiking trails, coastline and quarries. It is very relaxing and enjoyable to ride around Kelleys Island in a golf cart.

The island is home to 600 acres of state park land. We looked at the Glacial Grooves, which are the largest exposed glacial grooves in the world. The island has hiking and biking along the shore line with magnificent coastal views.

glacial grooves

There are a lot of places to eat an ice cream cone. You can dine at an outdoor patio and eat some of Lake Erie’s finest walleye or perch. I had a perch sandwich and it was absolutely delicious. I love the architecture of the homes on Kelleys Island. The entire island is on the National Register of Historic Places. I was fascinated with the architecture of the older homes and buildings on Kelleys Island.


I loved shopping  and looking in the various stores on Kelleys Island. We went to the Glacial Grooves and I was absolutely taken back with what nature can do over a period of time to rocks. I would highly recommend looking at the Glacial Grooves. I loved the peace and tranquility that I felt while I was on Kelleys Island. It is very rejuvenating to spend time on Kelleys Island.

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Maritime Museum Located in Sandusky, Ohio

I was provided a free pass to the Maritime Museum located in Sandusky,  Ohio. All thoughts are 100% honest and my own.

wood boat 1

I was very impressed with the knowledge of our tour guide at the museum. I could definitely tell that he had a passion for old Maritime items and how important they are in our history. Sandusky  has a rich Maritime history.Through their interactive exhibits and educational programs you can learn a lot about boat building, ice harvesting, commercial fishing,  shipwrecks, wetlands, Sandusky’s role in the Underground railroad, recreational boating, commercial shipping, passenger boats and much more.

wood boat 2

I learned that it takes ten pounds of ice to keep one fish fresh while it is in transport. Some of the main fish in he area are Perch and Yellow Bass and the local restaurants offer them for sale on their menus.

Kids can make their own little sailboat to take home with them. Young adults and their parents can build a small boat to take home with them. The class provides all of the material for the boat and the class on how to make the boat for a total cost of only $300.00. Young children can learn howto make and tie Maritime knots.

There are a lot of old time wooden boats on display that are in mint condition, A lot of the boats were made in Sandusky, Ohio. The reason they stopped making these wooden boat beauties was because of fiberglass and aluminum which did not take the maintenance to maintain that he wooden boats take to maintain.

wood boat 3

The museum has a lot of old Maritime tools and equipment. They also have a collection of items from the  Underground Railroad. They have chains and shackles and pictures of the houses that helped with the Underground Railroad network. They have educational films on the Maritime Industry and the Underground Railroad. To learn more go to sanduskymaritime.org.

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Skyline Fencing – Skyline Tree Service Located in Riceville , Iowa

I hired Skyline Tree Service to remove a lot of my trees in my groove and trim some trees up around my building site. I was very impressed with Skyline Tree Service that is located in Riceville , Iowa. They did an awesome job. My trees look well manicured now. They were very careful in not tearing up my yard as they worked on my trees. They take a lot of pride in their work and they work quickly and in a very professional manner. They pushed the trees up into a big pile that was easy for me to burn.

Thy did a fantastic job of thinning out the trees in my groove. The trees in my groove were planted to close to each other so they thinned them out. The trees they left in my groove can get a lot of sun and air filtration now so they will do much better in the future. They explained to me how a tree will fill out more and remain a healthier tree with the proper air filtration and sun.


They trimmed up my evergreens so they could get more air movement through them which helps to prevent needle cast. The evergreens are not touching the ground any more and therefor they will dry out a lot quicker after a rainstorm which makes for a healthy and sturdy evergreen.

Skyline Tree Service also trimmed up several of my bushes for me. My bushes look really nice now. By not letting your trees touch each other you can prevent a lot of tree diseases from spreading from tree to tree. They trimmed a lot of dead branches out of my trees also. I was very impressed with Skyline Tree Service located in Riceville, Iowa. I would highly recommend them to all of my friends and family.

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Udderly Smooth Hand ,Body and Foot Cream from UdderlySmooth.Com

I was provided Udderly Smooth Hand, Body and Foot cream from UdderlySmooth.Com to facilitate my review. All thoughts are 100 % honest and my own.

Udderly Cow

I love the fact that Udderly Smooth is made in the USA. Udderly Smooth is a family run business that takes a lot of pride in putting out a quality product. Their Father invented the cream that is used in making Udderly Smooth. The smell of their hand cream is heavenly. The hand cream has a nice pleasant and relaxing smell to it. I took a tour of their plant and everything in the plant was very clean and well organized. I got the pleasure of meeting and visiting with two of the family members. They love their Co. and take a lot of pride in their work and putting out a quality product without having to outsource anything. Even the containers that the cream is put in are made in the USA.

udderly cream

Cancer patients use Udderly Smooth for different skin treatments. Udderly Smooth hand cream is not greasy and deeply moisturizes your skin making dry and cracked skin feel Udderly smooth. Originally developed for use on dairy cows and  now used on people around the world . You can use Udderly Smooth daily to moisturize dry and cracked skin. I absolutely love Udderly Smooth Hand Cream from UdderlySmooth.Com.

udderly display

I love Udderly Smooth foot cream. My feet felt nice and soft and smooth. Udderly Smooth does not contain any milk or bovine products. The foot cream makes your dry and cracked skin feel Udderly Smooth and not greasy. The foot cream has Shea Butter in it. You can use the foot cream daily on your feet and they will feel nice and smooth again.

udderly samples

I tried the Udderly Smooth Hand and Body Lotion that has Aloe Vera and Vitamin E in it. The cream has a protective coating that aids in keeping your skin soft and supple. Consider it as a daily treat to your skin. I love the pleasant smell of the Udderly Smooth Hand & Body Lotion.

I love all of the Udderly Smooth products. I love the fact that their products are Greaseless and Stainless. I also love the fact that their Co. is family owned and operated and that they take great pride in their product and business. I appreciate the fact that Udderly Smooth is made in the USA this is very important to me as a consumer.

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Put – In – Bay , Ohio

I was provided tickets on Millers Ferries, E’s  Island Golf Carts, Perry’s Cave Family Fun Center, Heineman’s Winery and Crystal Cave to facilitate my review. All thoughts are 100 % honest and my own.

My ride on Miller Ferry to Put – in – Bay was pleasant and relaxing.  One of the men on the Ferry explained what we were we seeing as we sailed along in our Ferry to Put – in – Bay. Miller Ferries prices are very affordable. The Ferry departs every half hour and it only takes eighteen minutes to get to Put – in – Bay. MillerFerry.Com.

Miller Ferry Line

We walked a little distance to get to our golf cart provided by E’s Island Golf carts. The name on our golf cart was Lollipop. It was very easy to locate our golf cart since they had named her Lollipop. It was wonderful maneuvering around Put – in – Bay in our  golf cart. We never had any issues with our golf cart. The battery in our golf cart was fully charged when we first took off. I would highly recommend using a golf cart to get around Put – in –  Bay. Ridding in the golf cart made it a breeze getting around in Put – in – Bay. esputinbaygolfcarts.com.

E Golf Carts

South Bass Island Lighthouse is a nice Lighthouse to visit. They have a tour guide that is very knowledgeable. He will tell you the complete history of the Lighthouse. I love to look at old Lighthouses and learn about their vast history throughout the years. I like to think of all of the lives that have been saved throughout the years because of Lighthouses. I think about the light in the Lighthouses leading the men to safety from the stormy weather.

south bass lighthouse

We went to Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial. I was very impressed with this memorial. The memorial is a Doric column, rising 352 ft. over Lake Erie and is situated five miles from the longest undefended border in the World.

peace memorial

We went to Perry’s Cave Family Fun Center. I enjoyed their butterfly house. They had a huge variety of colored butterflies to look at and take picture of. It was very pleasant and relaxing to just sit and watch and look at the butterflies while they ate at the oranges and flew around in their butterfly house. Perry’s Cave was interesting to look at. Anyone who was tall had to bend over as they walked through the cave. Perry’s Cave Family Fun Center had a lot of interesting things for kids to do. I will mention a few of them. They have Gemstone Mining, 18 hole Miniature Golf Course a rock climbing wall and more. perrycave.com.


We went to Heineman’s Winery which was founded in 1888 and is a fifth generation winery. They are the oldest family owned winery in Ohio. They sell award winning wines. heinemanswinery.com.

many crystals

We went to Crystal Cave and saw the Worlds largest celestite geode. I loved looking at all of the magnificent and awesome crystals in the cave. It was easy to get around in the cave and look at the crystals nature had made over the years.


Put – in – Bay has a lot of good eating establishments. Along the Boardwalk you can have sandwiches, Lobster, Tacos, Pizza, and Lobster Bisque Soup and more. There are many activities and things for you and your kids to do. You could stop at the Cedar Point Theme Park and spend the day ridding the different rides with your kids.  There are plenty of places to shop and many points of interest to see in Put- in – Bay, Ohio. ShoresandIslands.Com.


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