Friday, June 14, 2019

SPSH 2019 | Ohio Trip

Last month we traveled to Ohio to visit family, celebrate our nephew's high school graduation, and do a little sightseeing. Robbie and I both had our eyes open for items on this year's Summer Photo Scavenger Hunt hosted by Mary-Lou of the Patio Postcards blog

Ohio State Reformatory Tour
One of my favorite movies is The Shawshank Redemption, which was filmed at the Ohio State Reformatory (#10 Something Made of Stone). [I'll be sharing more about our tour and this movie, which contains very mature topics and lots of bad language, in a future post.]

There were life size cutouts of some of the actors from The Shawshank Redemption throughout the tour, and Robbie snapped this photo of me with Warden Norton (#12 Something Crooked)!

In the Warden's Quarters bathroom, there was a single vase with a rose (#2 Single & Pretty) that we learned on our tour was in memory of the first warden's wife.

The cell block (#3 Repetition) is six stories high and difficult to capture all in one photo!

Looking through the old glass on one of the doors (#4 Blurred Vision) revealed some of the items from the warden's pantry.

The reformatory is in quite a state of disrepair, as you can see here in the chapel with what were once beautiful columns and pews (#15 A Broken Chair/Bench/Stool).

At the gift shop, we found a tiny pair of handcuffs (#18 Something That Should Be Found In Pairs).

I was hoping for a great old outdoor clock (#1 An Outdoor Clock), but the best we could do was this digital version outside a bank in the town of Mansfield, Ohio, where the reformatory is located.

Everett Covered Bridge
One morning we drove out to the Everett Covered Bridge (#9 A Bridge) and enjoyed snapping photos and strolling in the nice weather. (I even recorded a Facebook Live video about family relationships that you can watch HERE.)

There was a lovely path (#7 A Curving Path) between the parking area and the bridge.

Out & About
Driving around one day, we passed Szalay's Farm Stand that didn't open until the following weekend. However, the tables and umbrellas (#6 An Umbrella, open or closed) were all set out and ready.

Even though the produce stand wasn't open, this freshly sprouting field indicates there will be some fresh sweet corn (B: Fresh Local Produce) available later this summer.

Robbie's sister-in-law cooked several great meals while we where visiting, and when she set this platter of steamed corn-on-the-cob on the table (#20 A Favorite Seasonal Scent), it was impossible not to be drawn directly to the dining room.

Another evening, we enjoyed dinner at The Barn, a restaurant in Ohio's farming country, which has lots of great displays in the huge lobby/waiting area, including this swarm of bees (A: Bird or Bee House)! Don't worry - they were in a glass case. 

We hadn't captured any shells until Robbie pointed out his brother's set of coasters (#8 Shells).

Robbie snapped this advertisement (#11 Fish) when he and his brother and nephew stopped in McDonalds for breakfast one morning.

Unfortunately, none of the boats (#17 A Sail) were out the day we had lunch with Robbie's mom at Portage Lakes.

We made a stop at Robbie's favorite bakery, where there were lots of signs (#14 A Handwritten Sign) in the windows, including one for his favorite - Italian Cream Cake!

I totally agree with the sentiment on this bumper sticker that Robbie noticed in the Target parking lot (#19 A Funny or Meaningful Bumper Sticker).

I'm not sure if root beer floats actually have a "season" (#16 An Out of Season Treat Being Enjoyed), but our nephew Jacob was willing to go out for a late night treat!

And our nephew Thomas posed for this FUN photo with some green and red friends (#13 Two Colors of the Rainbow in Any Combination) when we were coming out of the movie theater after seeing Avengers: Endgame.

And, finally, on the Park N Fly shuttle back to our car after arriving at DFW, I had to smile at this last capture of the trip (#5 The Word Summer).

Were you keeping track? YES - we found all 22 items on this year's list and had so much FUN!!


  1. You found them all?!!! That is amazing! You got some great ones too - I must remember to take the list out with me wherever I go from now on.

  2. Shawshank will be in select theaters Sept 22 and 24th through Fathom Events. It's already on our calendar to go see. Cody always ends up watching it whenever it's on TV and I don't think we ever saw it in a theater before. . . can't remember seeing it back then. I'm sure there are a number of theaters near you that will be showing it.

  3. My goodness you are well away and with some great photos too. I particularly like the bridge and the shells is very clever too.

  4. Shawshank is one of my favourites. I chuckled at your crooked & shells finds.

  5. Sounds like you had some wonderful visits with family and getting to see the reformatory must've been exciting. And the way you whittled down that list of finds, simply amazing!

  6. That's brilliant! And such great finds as well! I need to be more observant ...

  7. You've done great to find all those on your trip! Spotting the handcuffs was clever :). Loved the architectural photos in particular.


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