This past weekend was a grand journey down memory lane; a trip to Put-In-Bay on South Bass Island on Lake Erie. This is no first-time tour for us; it was the location of our honeymoon in 1978 as well as frequent visits throughout our marriage. This past weekend marked 34 years and 12 days since our honeymoon trip and the island trip was just as fun now as it was back then.
Here are some pictures from our wedding and honeymoon.
An officer gave us a police escort to a private residence where Dr. Cooke (in his late 80's!) had a little emergency clinic in an out-building. My swollen lip was blocking my nose and an allergic reaction was causing further difficulty in breathing; Dr. Cooke administered a shot of Adrenalin in the nick of time! Later, Tom got stung by a bee on his ring finger, and quickly thought to remove his wedding ring; avoiding (I am sure) another emergency trip to have the ring cut off!
Fast-forward 34 years and things have changed a bit!
The little shed where the doctor treated me for the bee sting is still there, and as pretty as a little postcard!
Our trip around the island on the golf cart was perfect -- 74 degrees and full sun! There are very few cars on the island during the weekend, as visitors enjoy riding carts, biking, hiking, and skating their way around the island.
I dropped Caleb and Tom off at the Beer Barrel Saloon -- the world's longest permanent bar at 405 ft 10" long -- to watch the Ohio Sate Buckeye Game. At the start of the game there was only one other person in the bar -- by the end of the game it was a regular party! Believe it or not, if you stood the bar on end, it would be taller than Perry's Monument! During the game, I enjoyed driving the island by myself and shopping in the many port-themed downtown shops.
After the ending excitement of the game, we took a last trip around the two by four mile island just to enjoy the weather. and the nation's third tallest monument, and historic homes. Our last stop was the Brewing Company where we have our traditional meal of famous Lake Erie Perch. At 6:00 we made the quick trip across the island where we turned in our golf cart and walked onto the last ferry leaving for the mainland! The day could not have been more perfect!
We don’t go camping any more . . . we go ‘streamin’ ! The “SIlvermine and His” is our 2016 23' Airstream, and ‘streamin’ is the name we use to describe our adventures. Stream along as we document everything from weekend trips to longer summer excursions and full-blown vacations. You know what they say: if you’re not in an Airstream – you’re just camping!
Tom & Ella Brown