|July 16 Thursday
Lovely day! Drove to Marblehead, OH, saw the lighthouse on the Lake Erie shoreline, and tried to find a beach where we could sit and enjoy the sunshine. Surprisingly, it really wasn't easy to find a beach with sand, but we ended up at East Harbor State Park. It was windy and not really very warm for July (low 70's), but there were a lot of families there and we joined them for awhile.
There was a sign on the beach warning bathers “don't swallow the water!” 'Guess the clean-up of Lake Erie has a ways to go....
We were tempted to tour the grounds of Lakeside Chautauqua, but the time commitment would have taken up the rest of the afternoon so we kept moving. I am always intrigued by how the Chautauqua movement and philosophy, “Nurturing the Mind, the Body, and the Spirit”, spread across the country. [This Chautauqua community is located on the Marblehead Peninsula, halfway between Toledo and Cleveland.]
We stopped on the way home at the Fireland Winery to buy concord grape juice because we have been told it is delicious poured over vanilla ice cream. This is the best concord grape juice I have ever tasted (sorry, Welch's).
The Firelands area gets it's name from property that was given to CT residents as financial restitution for their homes having been burned by the British during the Revolutionary War. Also called Sufferer's Lands.