2009 Staycation, Part 3

Part 3 of the great 2009 Staycation! (Part 1 and Part 2)

Saturday and Sunday we hung out at my parents house. For some reason we didn’t really take any pictures, so…. sorry! Saturday we had some friends of ours (the Olmsteds and Broadbents) that had moved from Cincinnati to Cleveland over for a BBQ. Unfortunately the weather did not really cooperate (it rained all day) but it was still fun.

Sunday we had church and then a bunch of family came over for a big pancake / waffle brunch. We had my uncle Rick and aunt Jackie along with all of their kids and grandkids, as well as my aunt Pam and uncle Greg and family. It was nice to see all of them and have our kids play with some of their second cousins.

Monday we packed up and headed home. But not before forgetting quite a bit of things at my parents house (grrr)

First stop of the day was exciting Campbell Hill. (Well actually before that we stopped for lunch). Campbell Hill is the highest point in Ohio (1529 ft)

The high point is actually on the campus of the “Hi Point Career Center” (a vocational school). We passed it up first because we were not sure if that was it or not.

I know 1529 ft sure seems “real” high, especially for those of you out west who are used to much higher elevations. I’m sure you’ll be even more impressed when I tell you about our “grueling” ascent to the summit. (You can drive all the way to the top :-) ). It reminded me a lot of our trip to Reddish Knob last year in Virginia.

Here is the marker.

The fam in front of the sign.

As I was signing the logbook, Carolyn made some sort of joke about how if that was where losers like me signed in. And I said of course! and then noted that already today, 2 other folks had already been here! Kind of crazy. Also saw a group that was trying to do all 48 state highpoints in 3 weeks. Sounds like my kind of folks!

There was a grassy hill off to the other side of the high point, which we sent the kids running down and up a few times to tire them out. But then, having had NEARLY our fill of excitement, we loaded everyone back in to the hill and headed west!

For yes, one highpoint is NOT enough. Hoosier Hill is only about an hour or so west, just across the Indiana border. Kids were glad to know that Ohio “won”, since the highpoint of Indiana is only 1257 ft.

Also a driveup, though the approach is even less well marked.

Kids in front of the Hoosier Hill sign.

And here is Carolyn, showing her true feelings of contentment, happiness and joy upon reaching the highest point in Indiana.

And this is Carolyn pretending to be annoyed at having to drive out of the way to visit this exciting part of Americana!

We got home about 5:30 and unpacked and hung out and such. Carolyn and I celebrated by getting a pizza and root beer and playing Mario Kart, a nice throwback to our early married days!

Remember, the budget is $250.

Earlier days: $83
Saturday: $3 for watermelon (though that does not count the $1.92 in coins I found while out shopping!)
Sunday: nothing

  • $30 in gas
  • $13 for Wendys
  • $33 in gas
  • $8 for the pizza and root beer

Total so far: $170

2009 Staycation, Part 2

Continuing my staycation report (Part 1). Thursday was a relax day. Well, it was supposed to be relaxing in that we didn’t really go anywhere. But it wasn’t so much relaxing since we had tons of shopping, cleaning, packing and preparing for our weekend trip up to Cleveland!

Friday we got up early (well normal time for us) and were out the door by about 8 to head up to COSI in Columbus. We had been there before since it is one of our reciprocal museums that we get into free as part of our museum pass.

COSI was cool as usual. Here are a few pictures and descriptions of some of the exhibits.

Kids really enjoyed this TV / camera machine. There was a dial that you could make the camera do all sorts of weird effects.

This was in the Gadgets area – it was a chair you could sit in and then pull yourself up using a pulley system (either 2, 3, or 4 pulleys to make it easier or harder)

Kids trying to use their feet to push a series of pistons. It didn’t work out too well for some reason.

While the little kids were in the little kid area, I took the big kids out because they were not allowed in. There was a live exhibit with someone demonstrating an electrostatic generator. So they had everyone get in line and hold hands and then the first person (who was touching the generator) touched hands with the second person in line (who was holding hands with everyone else down the line). Shock! Kids were not amused with that :-)

Another exhibit they liked was one where you could talk into this microphone and make it do all sorts of weird things with your voice. All the kids liked that.

We stayed till about 1:00 and then ate a picnic lunch and headed up to Cleveland. We also got a bunch of license plates in the COSI parking lot! We had pizza with my parents in Cleveland and then my grandpa and his new wife came over for desserts. We hung out with them for awhile and then snapped this family picture (minus the baby who was sleeping)


It was a fun day!

Remember, budget is $250
Earlier days: $34
Thursday: $5 in snacks for the car
Friday: $3 for parking at COSI

Total so far: $42

2009 Staycation, Part 1

So we have been planning a “staycation” here in and around town for awhile, and this past week we started it off.

First off was a Reds game on Tuesday night. It rained pretty much the entire day and it was not looking good for a game, but about 5:00 p.m. the clouds lifted and it actually turned out to be a very nice evening.

I took the 2 biggest kids with me.

Here we are in front of the stadium. Notice that my kids have inadvertently dressed in Cubs colors. But that’s okay because so did everyone else!! (Seriously it was like 4 to 1 Cubs fans)

We started off up in the upper deck with the $5 seats.

But before too long we moved down to right behind first base.

Reds lost 6-3. The kids kept asking me (constantly) when there were going to be fireworks. I tried to tell them that those were only if the Reds won or if they hit a home run. Winning did not look like an option, and there were no homers either. We went into the 9th inning with the bottom part of the order coming up and up to the plate stepped Wladimir Balentien, who (literally) had a batting average of 0. Naturally he promptly homered for some fireworky action. The kids were amused.

Wednesday was my first day off work and we went up to Dayton to visit the US Air Force museum as well as one of the Wright Brothers memorials.

Carolyn and the baby at the National Aviation History Museum (which was inside the AF museum)


Kids in front of one of the airplanes.

Ah… feel the love!

So the goal for this staycation was a budget of $250.


  • Reds Tickets: $15
  • Reds Parking: $2
  • Reds program: $1 (actually it was 50 cents but I round up)


  • Museums: Free
  • Wendys afterwards: $16

Total so far: $34.