Wine Slushies, Dum Dums and Vintage Cars

May 8-14, 2018 —  Another week down in the history books. We started the week boondocking at Cabela’s in West Chester Township, Ohio and ended in Wakarusa, Indiana. Six of the nights were spent at free sites including four at Harvest Hosts locations and the seventh night was at the Airstream factory where they offer $10 a night full-hookup sites. The week was very busy as we traveled 6 of the 7 days in the RV and took in multiple factory tours and two museums along with our usual exploration of new areas in the car. We really enjoyed the countryside of Ohio and Indiana as spring planting season was well-underway and there was a flurry of activity in the fields. 

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The Mushroom House of Cincinnati, Ohio. Architect Terry Brown spent fifteen years transforming this 1,200 square foot house into a fairy-tale fungus. Guess he was going for an organic look. 

We sure find interesting road signs in our travels. This one was in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The grave site of Fredric J. Baur of Cincinnati, Ohio. Mr Baur was an organic chemist and food storage technician. In 1966, Mr. Baur invented the Pringles can and the method of packaging the curved, stacked chips in the container. He was so proud of his achievement that he requested to be buried in a can. The story goes that his children stopped at a Walgreens store on the way to the cemetery and bought a can of original flavor Pringles in which to place their father’s ashes.  Mr. Baur died in 2008 at the age of 89. 

If two wrongs make a right do two stops make a go? Sign found in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

We still try to take advantage of grocery store sales while living in the RV. We found boneless pork loin on sale for a good price at Meijer in West Chester Township, Ohio. The meat department offers free slicing to your specifications. The $7.00 half pork loin we bought results in many meals of pan fried and grilled pork. Yum!

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“Miss Little Sure Shot” Annie Oakley has a Memorial Park named for her in Greenville, Ohio. Ms. Oakley called this area of Ohio home. 

Mama goose sitting on a nest. She wasn’t too happy with us being so close to her but she should have thought better about building a nest a few feet off of a busy walking path. 

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13 million Dum Dums suckers are made daily at Spangler Candy in Bryan, Ohio. They also make 1.5 million candy canes and 500,000 Saf-T-Pop suckers each day. That’s a lot of sugar! The Spangler facility includes a store, museum and factory. Tours are available 3 – 5 days a week depending on the season and cost $5 per adult, $4 for seniors, $3 for children ages 6 – 17, and free for children five and younger. Tours are conducted on a trolley and are appropriate for any age.


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Great sign found at a Harvest Hosts winery in Ohio.

One of many, many cars found at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum located in Auburn, Indiana. Adult admission to the museum is $12.50 per person and worth every penny. It is a must-stop for everyone that enjoys history and/or cars. We spent 4+ hours touring the museum. 

We celebrated Mother’s Day with strawberry and peach/mango wine slushies. Yum!!


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A great Harvest Hosts location in Indiana. Beautiful private setting with a tree for shade and a pasture full of beef cattle for entertainment. 

Sign found in Shipshewana, Indiana. The shoulders of the road are extra wide to accommodate the numerous buggies that travel it daily. 

It’s interesting that for years we considered Indiana and Ohio as being “travel through” states enroute to the east coast or southern states. Now we treat them as “destination” states as there is so much to see and do in the area. Being full-time RVers has really changed our outlook on many things and the appreciation of all states is definitely at the top of that change list. 

We highly enjoyed our time this week in Indiana and Ohio. Stay tuned for next week as we discover more that Indiana has to offer. 

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2 thoughts on “Wine Slushies, Dum Dums and Vintage Cars”

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    Wow, we have not viewed that area as a place to checkout.We too have had the same attitude that it was “drive thru place” on our way to Michigan every year. We JUST drove through last Thursday…..huh. Thanks for the info, we will update our “list of things to do”.

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      We greatly enjoyed our travels through the area. Sometimes you just have to look around you and you will surprise yourself with the unique things you will find!

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