Home Is Where We Park It:  East Fork State Park, Bethel, Ohio

July 2, 2019

Temperature 91 degrees

Cardboard Boat Museum

Today was our day to go sightseeing.  We already had a destination in mind, one we had discovered a couple of months ago on the internet.  Since it didn’t open until around 4 pm in the afternoon we were in no big rush this morning.

Which was alright with me since I had a mystery to solve.  Last night after I went to bed Barbara let Marti out but then she had a hard time getting the door closed.  She called me from the back and said something is hitting somewhere.  She was right but I wasn’t up to investigating at such a late night hour.  I got it closed and that was just fine with me.

This morning I decided to resolve the issue.  Let me just say as always it is the simple things that trip you up.  I tried the inside door first.  It closed just fine.  Next, the outer door.  Something wasn’t right.  I checked the hinges.  OK.  I checked around the outer rim of the door.  OK.  So what in the world?  Guess what?  The dead bolt had gotten turned and was partly out.  Turned it back in and bingo, problem solved!

Time to go sightseeing.  We really had no idea of what we would be seeing.  Would it be large?  Small?  Nothing at all?  It was thirty five minutes away and the GPS did its job and took us right to The Cardboard Boat Museum.  The Museum is located in New Richmond, Ohio, home of the International Cardboard Boat Regatta.  The Regatta has twenty eight different classes and trophies, including one for speed.  The most coveted, though, is the Titanic Award, a crowd favorite, for the most dramatic sinking



It was hard to miss the Museum with these two boats sitting outside by the curb.


Yes, this too is a boat!  Remove the top, slide down in, there’s a set of pedals that power a propeller in the back for propulsion.


The Museum is managed by Team Lemon, the nations most prolific team builder and racers of exotic and unusual boats.  They have been designing, building, and racing cardboard boats for over 15 years.







This is what you see inside as you walk in from the parking lot.  Cardboard boats to the left, to the right and even overhead.  We were told that these boats have raced in the past and will race again in this year’s regatta.



Remember the Island Queen that sat outside?  Here is its duplicate and what makes it go.  You take off the top, slide on down in and



you have a set of pedals that powers the paddle wheel in the back.  The two handles on either side control the rudders.



So how do you make a cardboard boat?  These are the basic steps involved.  Draw a pattern, lay it out on the cardboard, cut the necessary slits to fold the cardboard up, tape them all together, wrap it with a layer of cardboard and just like that you have a boat.


Here is one that is in the process of being finished. But you say they’re made of cardboard which soaks up water and if it soaks up enough will sink.  Yup.  How do you avoid that?  Coats of simple house paint.  Now imagine that!


Here are some of the more interesting boats in the museum.  Remember the trophy I mentioned that is given for speed?  The boat in the middle of this picture has covered the 200 yard course with a single paddler in 57 seconds.  That’s moving.


Here’s a trophy winner.



Eyes right.



Play me a tune while you float down the river.




Here comes the Vikings.


I wish the cardboard box wasn’t blocking this one.


For a small donation you too might win your own cardboard boat for this year’s race.



From last year, a candidate for the Titanic Award.


These are the left over bits and pieces of boats from last year that didn’t make it





They also build boats that they then sell for their customers to finish.


The trophy case.


Here is where the race takes place each year, on the mighty Ohio river.  This is the bank that they line all the boats up on.  The race is a family and all age friendly event and everyone we were told leaves with a big smile.


Believe it or not, people really do come from all over both to see the museum as well as race each year in the annual regatta.


Finally, some of the more colorful signs on the back patio wall.




A different type of museum for sure but one we’re glad we made a point of visiting.  Come on now, how many days do you run across a cardboard boat? Really, that’s what makes this life so wonderful and exciting, one never knows what they are going to find as they journey around this great country of ours.

That was our day on The Road of Retirement.  We no more than walked out of the Museum and our phones began screaming out warnings about severe weather in our area.  They weren’t kidding.  The heavens opened up, the wind began to scream, the rain started coming in horizontal sheets.  Would we make it back home in time to save the patio awning?  We were thirty five minutes away.  Thankfully, we did.  Disaster averted by just minutes.

Thanks for coming along again today, we enjoyed your company.  Catch you tomorrow.

These are the voyages of  Graybeard and it’s occupants, four paws and two humans.  Our continuing mission: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have not been before

See you on down the road!


Home Is Where We Park It:  East Fork State Park, Bethel, Ohio

July 1, 2019

Temperature 84 degrees

We Got Out But Couldn’t Find Our Way Back!

Not a whole lot going on today.  We’re here just to chill out and get caught up on various odds and ends.  Tomorrow we have some sightseeing to do.  We also had to do some resupplying.  That’s where things got interesting!

Once again temperatures at night are back in the comfortable sleeping range, mid 60’s to 70 degrees.  During the day, though, they quickly climb back up to the 80’s and 90’s.

Today we decided to do some quick shopping.  There is everything we need just a quick 30 minutes away.  Well, we got out to the stores.  Coming home, however, proved rather interesting.  Seems there are two addresses for the park.  One is for the Administrative Office.  The other is for the campground.  Unfortunately, our GPS decided to take us to the Administrative Office.  Getting home from there proved to be really interesting.  Suffice to say a 30 minute trip took us almost an hour!  I’m so glad we were in the car and not the RV.

Once we got home we decided to do some exploring.  Take it from me this park is huge.  The loops go from A to J with about 20 sites in each loop, maybe more.  The strange thing is even though this is a gem of a park it is empty right now.  What will happen in a few days is anyone’s guess.  The park ranger said that there has been so much rain the last couple of months people just stopped coming.

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Speaking of water, they just opened up all but one of the boat ramps.  All had been closed due to high water.  We went down to the camp boat ramp and discovered what they were talking about and why its still closed.  That’s the dock out there separated from the parking lot by quite a few feet.  Looking at the debris on the parking lot you could see that the entire parking lot, all 100 feet of it had recently been under water.


Take a close look and you’ll see that the water is still quite high.  A good number of the trees on this small island are still in the water when they should be high and dry.


That was our day on The Road of Retirement.  With us adventure awaits around every corner.  If its not there we can sure invent it!  Time now to get some shut eye before we take off tomorrow for some sightseeing.

Thanks again for joining us.  We’ll catch you tomorrow.

These are the voyages of  Graybeard and it’s occupants, four paws and two humans.  Our continuing mission: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have not been before

See you on down the road!


Home Is Where We Park It:  East Fork State Park, Bethel, Ohio

June 30, 2019

Temperature 96 degrees

Creation Museum

Travel Day

Time once again to get on the road.  This days trip would be a bit of a different one.  Barbara wanted to go to the Creation Museum after the Ark Encounter.  We discovered that it was a good hour from our last home, but on the route to our new home.  Therefore, we decided we would make a mid trip stop on the way to our new home.

We got up and at it early because we wanted to be there by at least 10 am.  Most of the packing had been done the night before so it was an easy 45 minutes to finish packing and we were ready to roll.  Slides in, jacks up and we were on the road.

The weather was perfect if not a bit on the warm side.  Traffic was light and so we made good time.  Really good time.  In fact we were there before they had even opened.  We thought the Museum opened at 10 am but lo and behold we discovered that they actually opened at noon.  There we sat at the closed gate car hanging out on the road.  Wait, there was a number to call if you needed assistance.  Let’s try it.  Bingo!  They opened the gate for us and in we rolled.

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We found a spot to park off in the back of the RV lot.  Given the day’s temperature there was no way we would be able to leave Marti inside, unless.  Unless we ran the generator and the AC.  Which is exactly what we did.  We’ve done this before when visiting other attractions when he was with us and it proved to be the right thing to do.

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The Museum is a 75,000-square-foot facility that allows a person  to experience earth history as God has revealed it in the Bible. Nearly 150 exhibits feature fearsome animatronic dinosaurs,



talking heroes of the faith – like Noah


and professional displays that honor God´s Word.  This was a display about the building of the ark.


The museum also boasts a fun-filled, 200-seat special effects theater, a state-of-the-art planetarium, a petting zoo, nature trails, and lots more.


At the heart of the Creation Museum is a chronological retelling of biblical history in seven parts called the Seven C´s. This exhibit allows you to step back in time, beginning with Creation, and fast-forward to Christ´s return.


Both the Ark Encounter and the Creation Museum are a Christian evangelistic outreach of Answers in Genesis.  What is presented in each park is thus their beliefs and interpretation of Biblical truth.  One thus needs to approach both parks with this in mind.  Overall, we both came away from our time here with mixed feelings.   One thing we both without reservation agreed upon is that each attraction is way over-priced.

After our time at the Creation Museum over it was time to head to our new home.  We went back to Graybeard and it was oh so nice to walk into a cool and comfortable rig.

Having had lunch already we were on the road in no time.  Once again traffic was light and there were no accidents nor construction to slow us down.  Our GPS took us right to the entrance gate of the park.

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This is one of the largest state parks in Ohio. It has camping, hiking, swimming and boating opportunities. The state park is home to many junior and collegiate rowing races, including the US Rowing Youth National Championships.  There is a national tournament this weekend that, unfortunately, we will not be here for.

This is a gem of a park.  Wide, paved roads in excellent condition that are easy to navigate.  There are no overhanging trees.  We found our site without a problem.  It is a back-in, easy to get into.  The pad is paved and dead on level.  All utilities are convenient to the wet bay.  There is good site separation and excellent shade, yet an open window to the southern sky on the drivers side for our DISH antenna.


We’re settled in for the next several days. While we’re here we hope to tour a couple of local attractions.  Then we’ll move further north into Ohio and finally we’ll make a run to Ives Run in PA.

That was our day on The Road of Retirement.  Another full but easy day which we of course did our way traveling along, hand in hand, singing our song.

Thanks again for joining us on our journey.  We always enjoy your company.  Catch you tomorrow.

These are the voyages of  Graybeard and it’s occupants, four paws and two humans.  Our continuing mission: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have not been before

See you on down the road!