Vacation Destination: OHIO

I'm just returning from a fabulous visit to Ohio.  I had such a wonderful time hanging out with my brother and SIL.  There was so much to see and do, despite the hot hot hot weather.  I'm already making plans for the next visit.  This time, I don't intend on taking the bus.  (However, the long bus ride afforded me the opportunity to finish knitting a blanket, so I can't complain. lol)

Here's a bit of a look into my travels:

Saw plenty of college campuses, including Miami University (Hamilton Campus).

Visited this amazing grocery store called Jungle Jim's International Market.  I really could live in that place.  And, the bathrooms looked like porta toilets.  Too much!

Look at all those veggies!

After an amazing home-cooked breakfast, we went to the Underground Railroad Museum.

Fried tilapia and okra.  Just looking at this makes me crave okra.
One visit could really not do that museum justice.  There's so much history to take in.  This was one museum where you don't hear a lot of talking; you see lots of people reading, listening to the exhibit narrations on IPods and some serious contemplations going on.  There were people of all nationalities visiting this museum, and I saw lots of Amish people for the first time.

The artist worked on this quilt for 35 years!  Just finished it a few years ago.
More closeups of the quilt and of course, me.
This is an actual slave house.  206 years old.  I went inside and the slave master's name was burned into the wood.
From this perspective, you are in Ohio looking into Kentucky.  They are separated by the Ohio River (pictured).  Kentucky was a slave state and Ohio was a free state.  Imagine the slaves in Kentucky who could look into freedom every day, but were separated from it by 175 yards of water.  Quite painful.
There were a few other sites we saw while passing, like these below:


There's more to this story, but I'll share that in another post.


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