School has started and I want to talk about that, but I also need to go back in time to our summer travels because we saw a few cool things on our drives.
As we headed north, I really wanted to find some random, fun things for the kids to see. It helps break-up the drive and there are so many neat things, why not take advantage? Our route to Cleveland, Ohio (where we were staying the night with friends) looked like this:
First stop: Springfield, Ohio: Hartman Rock Garden
This place was just plain cool. It is literally someone’s backyard. You just walk up, walk around and leave a donation. (Ok, the donation is not required, but it’s a nice thing to do.)
You can read all about this cool place here, but basically during the Great Depression Ben Hartman was laid off from his job. He wasn’t happy just sitting around so he started building a cement pond in his backyard. After that, he was hooked on this kind of thing and started constructing all sorts of other things- all out of rock.
He died a few years later and his wife kept up the property….for the next 50 years! She died in 1997 and the garden deteriorated for several years. It was bought by a preservation organization, restored and reopened in 2010.
It really was a magnificent place to walk around. All the details… all the rocks! I’m so grateful for people who see beauty and work to restore such gems as this. The garden is currently owned by the Friends of the Hartman Garden. (see this link to read full story) I was so glad we made the stop!!
Our 2nd stop was Cornhenge in Dublin, Ohio.
This wasn’t as exciting at the rock garden, but it was still cool to see. It is literally a field of cement corn. This is basically a sculpture garden honoring a man who worked on the development of hybrid corn seeds. You can read more about it here.
And if you’ve been in your car watching Harry Potter movies for the past several hours, this is the perfect place to practice your wizarding skills.
There aren’t any designated parking spots. We parked in a business parking lot that was right next to it. I’m sure that was a big no-no, but given it was around 7pm on a Monday night, no one towed us.
There wasn’t much else to do, except run around. So it was a perfect place to stretch our legs.
From there we went onto our friends house. The next day we drove from Cleveland, OH to Rochester, NY. I thought about stopping by Niagara Falls but then decided that my husband would probably want to go there with us, so we bypassed that and headed straight to our family’s house.
I talked about our New York visit here. Summer travel is truly my favorite!
**When researching “unique” places to visit, I typed in our locations to two different websites. Atlas Obscura and Roadside America. Both were incredibly helpful!!