A Staycation Photoblog*
*I caught a few typos after captioning the photos and uploading them (ahem, “Botatnical” garden?), and have no intention of going back and fixing them. It adds character, right? (Note: All photos except the first were taken by Trudy and Mitch Teemley.)
My wife had last week off, and my hours are flexible. Yay, vacation time, right? Only the world is in lockdown. So what to do? Obviously it had to be a staycation, but not the type with visits to movie theaters, concerts, museums, dining out. Walks in local parks are nice, but aren’t vacation time. Answer? Day trips. But how to make them special?
We did some research, found a few towns within a few hours drive that we’d never really explored, packed up our masks and TP, and hit the road. Repeatedly.
- Day One: Oxford, Ohio, is a beautiful college town a mere hour’s drive away. We’d seen the college, but never explored Oxford’s gorgeous natural surroundings. So we grabbed bakery goodies and hit the road. A lush botanical garden and a hike through a forest near a historic settler’s cabin provided just the needed first day escape from Lockdown, USA.
- Day Two: Tipp City, Ohio, was originally named Tippicano after a popular political campaign song. It was founded at the site of a lock on the historical Miami and Erie Canal, which carried settlers and goods west during the 1800s. It oozes small town hominess. We wrapped our day with take-home pizza at the Chez Us.
- Day Three: The Village of Granville was our longest foray, so we noshed on bagels and dark roast coffee to keep us going. And, oh, was it worth it! Settled in 1805 by Welsh emigrants (a few of whom I could actually be related to), Granville is utterly fall-in-lovable–and we fell! We strolled its quaint, uncrowded town center and its perfectly preserved Victorian (and even earlier) surrounding neighborhoods, masks to-ready. Then we grabbed some not-so-Victorian tacos and picnicked up-the-hill at Denison University, basking in the breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. We finally drug ourselves away (well, drove, actually) at dusk.
- Day Four: Attended church (in our bedroom). Then off to the movies (our den), with popcorn in hand (thank you, microwave).
How was it? Honestly, better than we’d expected,
almost worthy of the word vacation!