Log of our
third trip of 2012

State Park

Wellington, Ohio

October 5-7, 2012

Attended: Dad, Gracie, Moosie

Start 36,384  End 36,463  --  79 miles

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Having fought so hard for so long to keep from improving this state park campground, the State finally put in two rows of electric.  It isn't much but it is a start.

That being said, when the weather is dry the trail systems is first rate.

It was forecast to be a wet, cold weekend.  My schedule looked good.  I loaded up and headed out to Findley.  Should have the camp to myself, right?  Turned out to be Haloween weekend at Findley.  All electric sites booked ... at least until the office checked and found two sites, 175 and 176 open.  Cool beans!  I took 175 as 176 was under water.  Turned otuoto be a nice site with nice access to the woods.  If it had water, it would be preferred.

Gracie is getting older.  She can't take more than a mile or so, even with the other dogs to keep her interested.

It rained on Friday, and not just any rain. It rained hard. It rained for hours. Any leak in any tent would have resulted in wet sleeping bags.

Saturday was nice. Sunny and about 60.

During the evening the campground overflowed, literally, with kids trick-or-treating from site to site.  No cars were allowed and with good reason.  The roads were packed to the point it was hard to walk.  I've never seen anything like it.  But I know I'd like to participate next year!

There is always something new.  And this trip was no different.  Grace, Moose and I were walking down to the camper's boat ramp.  Down at that parking lot we found some fifty or so buzzards.  About half were flying low and soaring.  So low I could hear their wings beating.  The other half were on the other side of the water, about 100 feet away, perched on a number of trees.  The trees looked like they had "buzzard fruit" on them.  SOOOOO COOOL!

Sunday had rain coming so we walked, packed and were on our way.

A short movie showing just a small number of the buzzards is here.  You may have to save the file onto your computer to view it.

For up-to-date park maps and information, check the

Ohio State Park website for Findley State Park


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