Our traditional family vacation was a little different in 2023 because Ryan was working summer school and couldn't join us. We chose to visit Ohio specifically because Ryan had previously been there with Brett. We had a great time, but we definitely missed having all four of us on the trip!
June 1: Cleveland
Cleveland is the birthplace of Superman and rock and roll, as the airport was quick to tell us. Our first stop was the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It was fun to check out the Beatles exhibit and try out several instruments in the hands-on part of the museum. After walking to the lakeside "Script Cleveland" sign, we drove to Skyline Chili. Brett and Ryan had the Skyline experience on previous trips, so Katie and I were excited to see what all the fuss is about.
June 2: Cleveland
We started the day heading to the Lake View Cemetery, but we made a quick stop along the way. I surprised Brett when we pulled up to the "Superman house," a.k.a. the childhood home of Superman's creator, Jerry Siegel. The first Superman comics were created in this very house.
June 3: Canton
From Cleveland we drove to Canton, where we saw President McKinley's memorial. His memorial also contains his crypt on display, so we were 2-for-2 on presidential burial places. Then we made it to football mecca, the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It was surreal to visit this place we had heard about all our lives. We found Cowboys and Longhorns all over the hall, and it was fun to relive so many historic moments through the interactive exhibits. Katie wasn't crazy about spending hours at the hall, so while we toured the memorial and HOF, she went for a ride along the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.
June 4: Mansfield
Our destination in Mansfield was the Ohio State Reformatory, a.k.a. Shawshank. OSR was the primary filming location for the great film and an inspiration for the cellblock sets. In the movie, Shawshank has cells on both sides of the cellblock walk, but OSR does not. Filmmakers recreated the look in a warehouse for filming. It was cool to see some of the props still at OSR and take advantage of the photo ops.
From Mansfield we drove to Sandusky, but not without stopping in Milan, Ohio, Thomas Edison's birthplace. Yes, in one year we visited Paris, Milan, and Athens!
June 5: Cedar Point
As coaster junkies, Katie and I have talked about going to Cedar Point forEVER. It was a big drag that on our one day there I had a massive allergy attack, but it was still great to see the famous amusement park and try out some of the rides. It was especially trippy to ride some of the old-school favorites that used to be at our Six Flags park, like the OG Crazy Legs and the Sky Ride (Von Roll trams). Even with bad allergies, a day that includes a ferris wheel ride alongside Lake Erie is pretty darn awesome.
June 6: Back to Cleveland
On our way from Sandusky back to the Cleveland airport, we closed out our trip with a stop at the Lakeview Park in Lorain. We walked down to the beach to touch the Erie and took time to smell the roses at the city garden there before heading home.
June 15: Hurst
Back home from vacation, we made sure our favorite Flash superfan got to see The Flash movie on opening day.
June 25: North Richland Hills
Happy birthday to Nana! It's always fun to celebrate her!