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Ohio or Bust

I love fireworks. I can’t remember a time when I haven’t been the one who makes sure either myself, or anyone I’m with, is planted firmly underneath a show of fireworks every July 4th. I’ve been so moved by some fireworks displays that I get all choked up.

July 4th is one of my favorite holidays because of fireworks. I may like it better than Christmas. So when my friend, Matt Bailey from SiteLogic, mentioned his family has an annual July 4th gathering and they go nuts with fireworks, I was listening. And then he said the magic words…”Do you wanna come on out for that?” Guess what I said.

Sooo, we’ve made plans to drive the motor home and my car out to Ohio. We’re bringing 4 kids, but not our beloved golden retriever, Dakota, because he has no tolerance for fireworks or thunder. This weekend we head on out. I’ll be sharing the driving of my car with the two 17 year old girls, who will get some experience with long distance driving. It’s a 7 hour drive but with 4 kids, there will be stops. Eric will be driving the motor home and the boys will keep him company.

When we arrive in Ohio, we’re staying for several days at a campground near the Bailey’s. Then, on the 4th and 5th, we live at Matt’s. Then it gets real, because unless we hook up to his house, we won’t have some of the luxuries you get when you drive an RV up and plug it into everything from electric to cable TV. Although the motor home is self sustaining, with a generator, etc., the moment there’s no way to plug in the TV for the boys’ video games will be a shock.

There was a funny piece in Newsweek about traveling nowadays with kids that talked about what a vehicle looks like when everyone has cell phones, ipods, radios, CD players, and DVD players. I know from past experience that every electrical socket in the motor home had cell phone chargers dangling from it. Now every kid has a cell phone and there are three ipods, so I’m picturing a jungle of wires.

Matt says I can blog from his house. If that’s the case, I may show up next week. I’m not sure how much I’ll be on top of the news but I may drop by.

Thanks to those who have recently found this blog and have linked to it or mentioned it in your blog. I’ve noticed, and am pleased to meet you. A few old friends have linked or recently emailed encouragement as well.

It means a lot to hear from you.


  1. June 29, 2007    

    Welcome to the Red State (actually I don’t know where you live normally so who know if you aready are in one)

    Like I always say, Ohio is a great place to live but I wouldn’t want to visit here ;-)

  2. June 29, 2007    

    I’ve been through Ohio often as a kid, and all I remember is that it was flat. I need to be near the PA mountains, hills and tons of trees. So whether Blue or Red (not sure what PA is, I think the cities on each end are majority Blue), it’s very green to me :)

    The kids have never been to Ohio so this will all be new for them.

  3. July 1, 2007    

    Well I’ll be heading to the Keystone state on Friday for a baseball game in Pittsburgh.

    Go Bucs!

  4. July 2, 2007    

    I’m just like that about fireworks, too!

    Would you believe, they have outlawed them here in my part of CA? Arrgg. They still have the big displays in the sky, but no personal fireworks. It’s like the grinch who stole the 4th of July. All those happy childhood memories. My nieces and nephews won’t get to have them!

    Have a wonderful 4th!

  5. July 7, 2007    

    My apologies to Ohio. Where we were, it looked exactly like where we live. It got to be the joke with my family. The kids kept saying, “It doesn’t feel like we left home!” We were treated to hills, trees, open space, winding roads, ponds and lakes, warm and friendly people and the slower pace of life we enjoy at home.

    We’d go back, for sure :)

  6. July 9, 2007    

    Sounds like you were in the same part of Ohio that I was in…

    But I did get some neat photos of Columbus City Fireworks “Red White and Boom” on my iPhone!

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