June 20, 2012

Cabins in the Woods and a Creek

 My mom's friend from work moved away and wanted us to come visit so she could take us to this place called Gatton Rock, which was basically just a muddy creek.  Not very exciting.  My sister and I started exploring and we found some pretty neat stuff along the way. 

First, we picked wheat grass to stick in our mouths to act like we were farmers and then a flower to put in our hair.  Mine was an orange lily, of course. There was a tree nursery and farms on either side of the creek.  I got some nice country pictures that I definitely wouldn't be able to get in the city. There is something so peaceful about fences that  probably need a paint job and don't do a great job of enclosing the wide open spaces of what is called the farmer's land.  Maybe that's because my mom has a thing for all things country.

 We followed the path past another nursery, where they were watering the trees with sprinklers.  It was REALLY hot, so my sister and I decided to walk in them.  The water was cold and refreshing against our warm skin.  Continuing on in the path, we found a fork in the road.  There was nothing really to the left so when we came back down, we went the right way, which took us up this steep hill into a wooded area.  Next thing we know, we see this old abandoned house. The windows are missing, the door is hanging wide open, and the porch is caving in.  Needless to say, it was pretty creepy.

THEN MY SISTER DECIDES TO GO IN! ...so I follow her. It was actually pretty cool.  Inside, there was old furniture that the owners must have left behind.  Ovens, refrigerators, tables, dressers, my sister said there was even a bed in one of the rooms, I didn't see it though.  The houses were pretty small.  Only a few rooms in each one.

 In the last house that we went in, the porch roof had completely collapsed, so it was a bit challeging to get to the door, but we managed.  There was a huge window and the glass was missing, so my sister decided to jump out of it.  We continued walking, found an outhouse infested with spiders and got lost in the woods.  Luckily, we could still see the cabin we had just visited.  My sister had sliced her finger on a piece of glass so we decided to go back. 

When we told everyone about our adventures, my sister said that we had seen a ghost in the last cabin.  His name was Sam and she was so scared that she jumped out of the window and sliced her finger on a shard of glass still in the window frame. 
Hey, It could have happened!

June 19, 2012

Junk Car For Sale

If you don't know my daddy, which you probably don't, you wouldn't know that he likes cars. A lot. He buys junk cars and tries to make a profit off of them.  I have no idea where he got this one, but it has no rear tires, there are dents everywhere and the headlights are missing.  He asked me to take pictures so he could put it on craigslist.  I have to ask, what is he thinking?

June 18, 2012

Summer Rain Storms

The day started off normal, sunny, bright blue skies.  Somehow, I convinced my mom that it was a good idea to go through all of her boxes and get rid of everything she didn't want.  She had enough of it.  The basement is pretty much filled, with a small pathway and then I section that is designated with my brother's stuff because that's where he sleeps....and plays his PS3. So, anyways, while we were going through boxes, the sky got really dark and rain drops began to fall.   

My brother came upstairs and asked us if we had heard a noise.  Apparently, he thought he had heard the tornado siren thing that goes off when there is a tornado warning.  My mom started freaking out and I had to look for a news channel to make sure there wasn't going to be a tornado, which wasn't as easy as it sounds considering they have Dish and the storm kept knocking out the signal.  Turns out, my brother has hearing problems.

 Also, later that day, we were watching a movie and my mom noticed that Moo (the kitten) was laying against Cassie (the dog).  It was so cute and I had to take a picture of the adorableness.

June 17, 2012

Father's Day Waterfalls!

For my next Ohio adventure, my [entire] family (mother, father, brother, AND sister) traveled to Cleveland to go to Cuyahoga Valley National Park, where they have hiking trails and a river, and a waterfall. When we first got there, we took the route to go to the top of the waterfall to look down, but it was angled weird, so it definitely did not look impressive. However, at the end before we left, we went down to see it from the bottom and I would be lying if I said it wasn't breathtaking. 
We were walking along the pathway, which was filled with overgrown tree roots that created 'nature grown steps".  It was kind of hard to walk through all of the roots and rocks, but we managed all right.  We came to a fork in the trail and we could either go up the trail some more or over to the river.  I wanted to take pictures of the river.  There were dragonflies flying all around.  One even landed on my brother's arm.  My sister and I crossed the river using the rocks in the middle of it, which was actually pretty simple because there were so many.  Then I found a log that was PERFECT for a family picture and lucky for me, I had brought my tripod because I was hoping that would happen.  Traveling farther down the river, we ran into a fallen tree, which spanned from bank to bank.  My sister decided she had to walk across it because it's "one of those things you HAVE to do by the time you die."  Then we found a bridge and my brother and sister acted as if they were trolls. 
We climbed back up the bank up the bank continued on our way.  We ended up back at the parking lot so we went down to see the waterfall.  Back at the car, we were starving, so we went to Wendy's because it was really close and we had passed it on our way there.  It was connected to a gas station/truck stop and there were phones at the table. It was strange. Really strange. Made sense though after a while.
For father's day, my dad wanted to go race Go Karts, but it was raining (my sister and I were definitely dancing in the rain) so they were closed. We ended up going to a mall, but since it was Sunday, they closed at 6pm. We got there at 5:20pm.  Just enough time for my maja to buy clothes from Forever 21.
The day was pretty awesome and I hope my daddy thoroughly enjoyed it.  I'm glad I got to spend the day with him.  Even though we didn't get to do what he really wanted, hopefully we will get to race some Go Karts soon.