Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Our Ohio summer adventure, 1996

 This summer, I was struck by the number of photos I have from long-ago family vacations that are just languishing in boxes in my closet. Getting those photos into albums we can enjoy has become my summer obsession project. Normally I'm not a pocket page scrapper, but it seemed like the easiest way to scrap these photos fast.

This is a pocket-style album featuring our family's vacation to the Cleveland, Ohio area in 1996. It was a great vacation with visits to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, SeaWorld Ohio, Cedar Point Amusement Park, a drive-through safari animal park, and more. Our oldest was heading for college in the fall, and I figured this would be the last real summer vacation as a family, so I wanted it to be crammed with cool. fun stuff.

 I used mostly the Summer Vibes collection from Simple Stories (2015) for the album. It was $5 for the collection (50% off sales rock!) at Hobby Lobby; I also used it for a Hilton Head Island album, which I shared on this blog last month.

Page 1:Opening page

Page 2: Cedar Point Amusement Park boasts several big, scary roller coasters. Their furry resident friends at tbat time were the Berenstain Bears, much to the 7-year-old dauhter's delight.

Page 3 (half-page): There's a charming little Carousel Museum in an old post office building in Sandusky. A ride on the beautiful restored carousel is part of the admission. Artisans also can be seen fixing old animals or carving and painting new ones.

Page 4 (half-page): We spent most of one day at a Lake Erie beach near Sandusky. The water was a bit cold. but the kids played in it for a while. The star of the day was the ice cream truck; we didn't have those in our small home town!

Page 5: we could see a lighthouse, a passing tanker ship and flocks of gulls from the beach. The lake had a rather wild beauty about it.

Page 6: We spent the day and evening at SeaWorld Ohio. Built in 1970, it was a bit smaller than the Florida park. We were able to easily see all the attractions. We watched the afternoon orca show and stayed for the nighttime show with its laser lights.

Page 7 (half page): The girls had fun meeting some of the park mascots, including Shamu the orca and Seamore the sea lion. Izzy, the mascot of the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, also was in the park that day.

Page 8 (half page): The boys were not impressed wth cuddly mascots, but they liked the games (some of which invloved squirting water) and feeding the dolphins.

Page 9 (half-page): The SeaWorld entrance was pretty, with lots of flowers. It closed a few years after our visit, but on that day it was full of peple and fun. The sea lions  did their best to show off for their visitors.

Page 10 (half page): The kids also enjoyed the comical penguins. The boys especially loved the Bay Watch themed boat and ski show. Sadly, about three weeks after our visit, a boat malfunctioned and plunged into the seated crowd, causing injuries and fatalities. The show was discontinued.

Page 11: The main attraction at SeaWorld was, of course, the orca show featuring Shamu. Kristen, who was 7, loved the sea lion show. She begged to sit up front and was thrilled when the walrus spit water on her.

PAGE 12 and 13: Through a bit of internet research, I found the Safari Adventure Animal Park near Sandusky. You drive your vehicle into the animal compound. When  you stop along the way, the animals come to you. We bought fresh carrots to feed them. The alpacas were especially friendly; the camels and zebras were curious.Our favorite was the giraffe. His knobby knees were at our van's window height. There also was a park area with additional animals, camel rides and a pig race course.

This was a long post! Thank you for hanging in through the very end. The pocket page albums are fun but more work than I expected because I wanted to include as many photos and stories as powsible. I still have two more summer trips that I want to scrap from the 1990's, but not sure when I'll get them done. I may be PL'ed-out for a while!

Thank you for visiting. Have a great day!

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