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Throwback Thursday: Ohio in the 1970s

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Scioto Audubon Metro Park

400 W. Whittier Street Columbus, OH 43215

In many cities there are parks that are urban oasis, where one can find a bit of nature. Scioto Audubon park in Columbus is one of these places. This is the kind of park on travels to, visits everyday, or visits when in Columbus. This 120-acre park is south of downtown on the Scioto River. So this park is easy to get to when visiting the city. It is filled with a dog park, climbing wall, volleyball courts, hiking trails, obstacle course, hiking/biking/walking trails, bocce court, fishing, boat ramps, butterfly garden, visitor center, nature center and more.

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If one really wants to see the park or the surrounding area, there is an observation deck. This water tower observation deck has two levels and allows one to get some height to see the area.

The  Grange Insurance Audubon Center is housed in an eco-friendly building located in the park. This educational center has programs for all ages and groups. Many of the programs focus on birds and animals in the area and many people’s backyard. The building has exhibits inside for the general public to see, also. So a visit to the park, make sure to stop into the center.

Here are some great virtual tours of the center –

This park has great trails, which are one can lots of wildlife. Trails take one through the wetlands, open areas, over hills, and around waterways. These trails weave through the trails and some also connect the park with other parts of the city.


The trails in the park are not only limited to the park itself. One trail is the start of the Scioto Mile. The mile runs from the park to just south of COSI. One of the most scenic trails and river walks in the state, if not the nation. The mile is more than just one or two parks connected. It is a destination in and of itself … (stay tuned for more on the Mile)

German Village Coffee Shop

193 Thurman Avenue,Columbus, OH 43206


The German Village Coffee Shop is a coffee shop in the German Village area of Columbus. The feeling of the place is comfortable, neighborhood hang out, old school, and inviting. It is a diner with booth and counter service. You can see your food being made right in front of you. The coffee shop is open for breakfast and lunch. Expect the place to be more popular on weekends. It is not huge, so one might have to wait. The food was very tasty and the coffee was good. One true test of diner, is if the coffee cup is keep full. Their was the right amount of attention to our needs. The menu consists of omelets, burgers, sandwiches, hotcakes, pancakes, and salads. The place is one of those neighborhood spots where people come in and know each other, this place was really showing this when we were there. The German Village Coffee Shop is a place to try out when visiting Columbus.

You can tell we liked the coffee

Do not worry the coffee cup was kept full.

Throwback Thursday: Breakfast Places

We absolutely love breakfast type restaurants. You know, those places that are open for breakfast and lunch or open 24 hours.

One great place we reviewed was Sugar n’ Spice in Cincinnati. This place is fun and has great food. When in Cincinnati we also visited, The Echo Restaurant. Another local spot for breakfast.

If you want something that is traditional and has a great flavor, we reviewed the Der Dutchman. Amish style cooking done very well.

We also reviewed a few markets. Markets are great for getting breakfast supplies or getting a quick bite to eat. West Side Market in Cleveland has a wonderful selection of food. The Findlay Market in Cincinnati is also great. We had some great tasting food there, with a wide variety.

If donuts are your breakfast of choice, we reviewed, Bill’s Donuts. If you need some coffee each morning, we reviewed Boston Stoker Coffee Company.

Here is a sneak peek, we have an upcoming review of great local coffee shop we went to when in Columbus. This place was local and friendly.

Bicycle Museum of America

7 West Monroe St., New Bremen, OH

There is a museum in New Bremen that houses a large collection of bicycles. Yes, bicycles. This is a classic example of a museum that house a unique focused collection.

When we entered this museum we were given the option to watch a short movie. This movie was about early bikes on display at an outdoor show. The movie did a good job at explaining early bikes. At first, it seems like a movie, might not seem like something to watch, but it did help with understanding the rest of the museum.

When visiting the museum we were given a guided tour and guide pamphlet to the bikes on the first floor. The guide has on it numbers that correspond with number located next to the bikes.  This was very handy in explaining the bikes. This really helped us in understanding all the historical bikes. The museum house the first bike, big wheeled bikes, and many other historic bikes.

The museum seemed small to us, until we traveled to the second floor. On the second floor there was Pee-wee Herman’s bike, recumbent bikes, classic kids bikes, and other bikes from more recent decades. There really was so many fascinating bikes to look at. These bikes brought back many memories. There was such a vast array of type of bikes.

Then a stairway appears leading to another higher section. At first it looked like just a room full of military bikes. The bikes were cool. Some were for transporting equipment, some were actual gun platforms. Then we saw the largest portion of the museum and realized we were on the third floor. The large room in back has a nice collection of bikes from all over. The room is so full of bike it starts to become a little overwhelming.

There is a room on the first floor full of medals, minerals, and other artifacts on display. It is a hodge podge of items well displayed. Most related to the area, or biking culture. The room is a nice to see before heading up stairs to the larger array of bikes.

For all the bikes on display there are many more in storage, so coming back to museum might mean seeing some new bikes in rotation.

The Bicycle Museum of America is a hidden find of a museum. This museum is very interesting and has some very historic artifacts. One does not have to love bikes or even really any interest to find this museum fascinating. Being able to be so close to historic bikes is very unique. Also the staff is knowledgeable at explaining the bikes and putting them in historic context. The museum is a must see, so pedal on over to this gem.


  • Watch the film presentation first.
  • Take a guided tour
  • Use the guide to tour the first floor
  • Visit the second floor
  • Take time to see each artificat
  • Ask lots of question, the staff is very knowledgable
  • It might be helpful to visit the bikes in chronological order.

A Few Good Ohio Books for Children

Here is a few good books with Ohio as the theme.

Children’s Books

  • Ohio: What’s So Great About This State? (Arcadia Kids) Paperback – April 7, 2010 by Kate Boehm Jerome
  • Night-Night Ohio Board book – October 4, 2016 by Katherine Sully (Author),‎ Helen Poole (Illustrator)
  • The Twelve Days of Christmas in Ohio (The Twelve Days of Christmas in America) Hardcover – October 7, 2014 by Carole Gerber (Author),‎ Jeffrey Ebbeler (Illustrator)
  • I Love Ohio: An ABC Adventure Hardcover – November 3, 2015 by Sandra Magsamen (Author)

  • Lucky to Live in Ohio (Arcadia Kids) Hardcover – May 1, 2017 by Kate B. Jerome (Author)

  • Santa’s Sleigh Is on Its Way to Ohio: A Christmas Adventure Hardcover – October 1, 2015

Some Ohio Kid’s Books with a Halloween Theme

  • The Spooky Express Ohio Hardcover – August 1, 2017 by Eric James (Author),‎ Marcin Piwowarski (Illustrator)

  • It Came From Ohio!: My Life As a Writer (Goosebumps) Paperback – April 28, 2015 by R.L. Stine (Author)

  • A Halloween Scare in Ohio Hardcover – August 1, 2014 by Eric James (Author),‎ Marina Le Ray (Illustrator)

Even Easter

  • The Littlest Bunny in Ohio: An Easter Adventure – Feb 1, 2015 by Lily Jacobs and Robert Dunn

These books should all be available online. Many local Ohio bookstores might have them or could order these, but check with the stores first.



Findlay Market

1801 Race Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Findlay Market in Cincinnati is Ohio’s oldest continuously operated market. The market is open Tuesdays through Sunday with indoor and outdoor vendors. Some merchants do open on Monday’s but not all. There are more vendors in the Spring/Summer due to the added farmers market.

We went on a weekday morning, so not all the vendors were open. We were in the lookout for breakfast, to start our Cincinnati walking tour day. What we found was a leisurely stroll through a market with many fresh items. We were able to get coffee, breakfast sandwiches, corn muffins with queso, and curry chicken salad. We did not find this at one stand, but at many. This is what is great about the market, one can get items from many different stands.

The market’s website has a nice interactive map that shows what is open. It worked on the day we tried it, just hope they keep it updated each day. Check it out ere:

Halfway Through the Year and 18 places to visit in 2018

At the beginning of the year we posted this post about 18 places to visit in 2018. The place were not ranked or included for any reason, other than they looked fun to visit. Here in green is an update of our list.

A few from last year, but tons of new ones.

  1. Holden Arboretum – This place has a Canopy Walk and a Tower open in the warmer months. This place has lots of hiking trails. This is a must.
  2. Loveland Castle – A real castle
  3. Celina/Coldwater /Bike path   Biking or walking
  4. Casa Nueva Restaurant & Cantina (Athens)
  5. Langsdon Mineral Collecton  This place rocks! We went and are getting a review ready. 
  6. Greater Cleveland Aquarium  
  7. Blair Museum of Lithophanes We went and are getting a review ready. 
  8. Lake Hope Lodge  Great to go to lodges, just to check them out.
  9. Columbus Washboard Company
  10. A Farmer’s Market We went to Findlay Market and that review is coming out next week. 
  11. Tabletop Game Cafe
  12. American Packard Museum Lots of classic cars
  13. Findlay Market  Another great market Post coming out next week, as you already know. 
  14. Susie’s Big Dipper  Ice cream, a must
  15. The National Historical Equipment Museum  Interesting
  16. Allen County Museum
  17. Skillet farm to table
  18. Somewhere outdoors for a hike. We did go somewhere, but want to announce it, once post is ready. 

So many places to see in 2018.

It might look like we did not go to too may of our 18 places, but that is okay. We did not put out the list, so we could visit all the places. 

Here are a few more places to visit in 2018