Stella will be leaving my home probably tomorrow. I'm afraid that I kept her much longer than I was supposed to, but there was one place I really wanted to take her before I sent her on. Any trip to the United States should include a visit to the Great Lakes! Ohio is bordered on the north by Lake Erie.
On the Lake Erie shoreline east of Port Clinton, Ohio, is Marblehead Lighthouse! It's one of my favorite places to just sit and watch the waves crash. Here is Stella with the lighthouse in the background.
While walking to the lighthouse, we paused to take a picture of Stella with the lake in the background.
See that land in the distance? That isn't the opposite shore, but Kelley's Island, a large island where you can find glacial grooves. There are also wineries on the Lake Erie islands which also includes South Bass Island and party town Put-in-Bay, also called the Mardi Gras of Lake Erie!
The best way to see it from the mainland is through a viewer, like my daughter Tara is using here. She and I had a great day!
Here are a few views of the lighthouse. I really like the red paint! The lighthouse is still in use. We didn't go inside as it was past hours, plus I am a big sissy baby and terrified of heights and wouldn't have done it anyhow.
There is a museum on the grounds which used to be the caretaker's house. How I would love to live there right on the shore! Wouldn't it be fun? The house is so charming and even has a white picket fence.
Just in case you get lost, this will let you know which direction you are facing.
We took a little path to the shore and looked across to see the famous amusement park Cedar Point across the bay.
Here it is a little closer. You can see the huge rides! If you can't see them, click on the pic to enlarge it.
Stella liked being at the shore and enjoyed seeing the waves crash into the big rocks.
She also liked the way the exposed tree roots looked on shore, eroded by the water.
My daughter and I enjoyed the shoreline too.
That's one shiny face in that last pic. It was a pretty hot day.
We enjoyed watching the boats on the lake, and people watching.
Although we couldn't get close enough to take a picture, everyone on shore was much amused by a little raccoon who came out from between the rocks! One little girl came around the end of a big rock and found herself face to face with the little creature and she screamed and ran. It was pretty funny, and despite it all, she was very excited to see a raccoon in real life for the very first time.
Tara, Stella and I also just spent some relaxing time sitting on the rocks and taking in the beautiful scenery.
It was a wonderful day and I was so glad to be able to show Stella one of the Great Lakes! She said she would never forget it.
Stay tuned tomorrow because we unexpectedly got to take Stella on another adventure!