An Oasis in the City

If you ask anyone who truly knows me, they would tell you that I could be a tour guide for our area.

My aunt came to visit a month ago.  One morning, we spent time going to go get donuts and then I took her to various places.  My mom was ready to come over to my house for us to continue working on organizing my kitchen.  She was sort of panicked because we were only suppose to be gone for an hour or so.  Yep, we took longer than an hour because I ended up taking her to a couple more places than expected.  I wanted to show her some of the places I enjoy taking photos.

Then last week my friend, Molly came to visit.  She came in 2016 and enjoyed it so much that she flew down once again.  I took her to different places this year.  Well, that is except for one place.  We went to Carillon Park in 2016 but it was a rushed visit.  She talked about the park so my mom got us tickets to see Orville Wright’s home and tickets for Carillon Park.  Molly got to see more of the park this year.

Since I enjoy taking people to various places in my hometown or areas close to my hometown, I needed to really think what area of my town I wanted to showcase in this blog post.

Before we begin, where is it that I live or what city do I live close to?  I live near Dayton, Ohio which is an hourish north of Cincinnati, an hourish west of Columbus, and an hourish east of the Indiana border.  An hourish north of me is Wapakoneta, Ohio where Neal Armstrong is from.  There is a lot to see and do in this big hourish circle.  Don’t you love how I use the word hourish?

Dayton is known for having the most patents and inventions.  Here is a list of some of the inventions that have come from this small city:

  • pop tabs for pop cans
  • freon for air conditioners
  • self starter for cars
  • airplane
  • self scanning machines
  • Etc. . .

We have the biggest free museum on Aviation in our city.  People from all over come to see the National Museum of the Air Force or Air Force Museum.  However, I’m not going to showcase the museum today.  (Air Force One is on display in building 4 of the museum.)

Today I’m going to showcase two places which are located diagonally across from each other in downtown Dayton.  Downtown Dayton used to be known for it’s shopping back in the day but that is no longer a thing.  So a group of people have worked together to revitalize the downtown area.  Riverscape Metro Park and Fifth Third Field are two places that have been built so that people will come to the downtown area.  Today I’m going to share why Riverscape is a great place to visit.

One of the cool thing is the RiverScape River Run.  It makes the Great Miami River in downtown Dayton more accessible to those who enjoy water activities.

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There is also cool statues throughout the park.  Here is an example of one of those statues:

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I believe this is represent the devastating flood we had in 1913.

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There is also a walking path along the Great Miami River so if you want to exercise this is the place to go.

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There is also a splash pad for the kids to beat the summer heat.

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There are also swings to sit on so you can watch people riding their bikes or walking.  You could also watch the wild life.  (I once saw a deer crossing the road into the park.)  Or read or check your phone while sitting on these swings.

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Or you could read a poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar, a famous African American poet who was a resident of Dayton.  Did you know he was friends with the Wright Brothers and is buried close to them?

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You can also watch the fountain show.

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I forgot to take a photo of their pavilion where you can sit on a hot day or ice skate under in the winter.

You can get food there during certain hours.  So if you worked in downtown Dayton, it would be a great place to get your lunch.

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Across the street is my favorite sculpture.  It’s Orville Wright and Wilbur Wright and their 1905 Wright B. Flyer.  (Wilbur’s flying)

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Diagonally across from the park is Fifth Third Field where the minor league baseball team plays.  (Dayton Dragons)  As Molly told me, she had more fun at that game than the minor league team she has in Rochester New York.  It’s not just a game, it’s an experience.

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I have done another blog post about Riverscape, click here for that post.  Those photos were taken during the spring.

I hope you enjoyed my oasis in the city.

Have a magical day,
Traci

 

Day Trip to Austin Landing, Miamisburg, and West Carrollton

It seems as though my photo blogging posts get the most likes.  So I decided to make a video of my day trip adventure that I took on Friday.

After getting up for the day, I went to a few of the suburbs south of Dayton, Ohio.  One of the places I had not been to before which is Austin Landing.  I had been to the historic part of Miamisburg last year but didn’t really take photos.  Cox Arboretum is one of my favorite places to visit especially during July because of the butterfly house.

Here is a video of me in the evening talking about my day. In the background, you’ll hear my oldest asking me what I was doing and then he decides I’m vlogging so that is why I called this video Vlogging Attempt.

Here is the actual video from the photos I took on Friday morning. I am working through trying to figure out how to put music in these videos. For some reason, both YouTube and my video creation program only allow one song which is so frustrating.

Enjoy the video.

Have a magical day!
Traci

Lincoln Park Blvd. Park

Today after an appointment, I found myself at a new to me park.  I had never been to this park before and it was at that moment that I wished I had my DSL-R.  I found a few good photo ops at the park.

These photos that I took while at the park were taken with my phone.

Across the street from the park was an assistant living home for senior citizens.  One of the gentleman in the park had the cutest dog.  I overheard him say that the dog knew the whole park.  The dog even came up to me to ask for a quick pet.  Once I scratched his head, he ran back to his owner.

Here are some photos from my quick 15-minute stop in this park.

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Have a magical day.
Traci

Clifton Mill’s Twinkling Lights

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are.

Wait, I’m not talking about stars in the sky.

Today I’m going to be talking about Christmas tree lights that twinkle merrily.

About 20 minutes from my house is a working water mill called Clifton Mill.  Each Christmas season, they decorate the mill.  People come from all over to see the lights. Read More

A fall visit to the local market and Mom, What’s for Dinner, Week of October 23 – Blog Post #23

This weekend, I took the Wee One to the Second Street Market.  They were having a free pumpkin decorating event.  Since he is 12 years old, I decided to take him because it would probably be the last time he would be able to do the decorating.  He did not want to go at first but then ended up having a blast creating Jeff, his pumpkin.

They had feathers, stickers, pom poms, rolling eyes, and pipe cleaners to use to decorate your pumpkin.  You could use a nail to help poke holes in your pumpkin so you could add the feathers and pipe cleaners.  Since the Wee One is older than most of the children, I allowed him to safely poke holes in his pumpkin.  He had a blast doing that.

The final product – Jeff the pumpkin

There is one vendor we go to whenever we are at the Market.  They have the best granola and jams.  The Wee One enjoys picking out a jam or jelly while I get my favorite granola.

Another vendor at the market sells hand crafted Popsicle.  The Wee One enjoys squeezing Wilbur the pig.  He was not going to get a Popsicle at first but then changed his mind when he saw the cookies and cream one.  I got the apple cider flavored one.  It was fantastic.

Some of the other things we saw while we were at the market.

The Wee One had fun when we were at one of the veggie vendors had beets and turnips.  He told the Wee One to turnip the beet.  The Wee One responded by picking up some of the beets and gently dropping them.  He told the vendor “Drop the beet” in which the vendor laughed.  Such a good memory.

After we were done at the market, we ran some errands.  While we were at Walmart, we saw this Mickey and Minnie display.

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A co-worker gave me the big pumpkin on Friday afternoon.  Check out the size difference between Jeff and the Big Pumpkin.

Continue to page 2 for our menu for this week.

University of Dayton area

My oldest has told me that I could be a tour guide of our area because I know a lot of places.  So during April, I’m going to share some of those local sights beginning with A and then ending with the letter Z.  I’ll be sharing these sights Monday through Saturday.  On Sundays, I’ll be continuing to share my Disney photos.

So where are these local sights?  They are mostly in the Dayton, Ohio area.  Some of them are in Columbus or the Cincinnati area.

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Today we are heading to the University of Dayton area for a lot of cool places to see.

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The first stop is Carillon Historical Park.  I talked about Carillon previously so I’m just going to post the link.

Next we are heading to Woodland Cemetery.  A lot of famous Daytonians are buried there.

Some of the Daytonians that are buried there are the Wright Brothers, Erma Bombeck, and Paul Laurence Dunbar.

Woodland Cemetery has been in opened in 1841 and is also known for their ghosts that haunt the cemetery.  One of my favorite ghost stories is of the boy and his dog.  I will link that story here.

Here are some photos from Woodland Cemetery.

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There are two other places I like to visit when I am in the University of Dayton area.  One is Esther Price.  The other is Ghostlight Coffee.

Esther Price sells the best chocolate in the area.  We enjoy going to the flagship store that is located near the University of Dayton.  My mom had never been there until I took her back in December.

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The Imaginative One loves trying the samples they have there.  It’s always a special treat for him when we visit the store.

Ghostlight Coffee is a coffee shop located close to both Downtown Dayton and the University of Dayton area.  They have the most unusual syrups for the coffees such as fig vanilla black pepper.  Yum!

I love it because it’s a local shop and not a big chain.

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Two other places to try while down there are Butter Cafe located just down from Woodland Cemetery and Zombie Dogz also located close to Woodland Cemetery.  Hubby highly recommends both places.

 

Orville Wright’s home is located near the University of Dayton.  I’m not sharing photos of Hawthorn Hill in this post.  The photos I took last month will have to be for another post since this post is getting so long.

Have a magical day,

Traci

Donut Trail

My oldest has told me that I could be a tour guide of our area because I know a lot of places.  So during April, I’m going to share some of those local sights beginning with A and then ending with the letter Z.  I’ll be sharing these sights Monday through Saturday.  On Sundays, I’ll be continuing to share my Disney photos.

So where are these local sights?  They are mostly in the Dayton, Ohio area.  Some of them are in Columbus or the Cincinnati area.

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Second Street Market (2nd Street Market)

My oldest has told me that I could be a tour guide of our area because I know a lot of places.  So during April, I’m going to share some of those local sights beginning with A and then ending with the letter Z.  I’ll be sharing these sights Monday through Saturday.  On Sundays, I’ll be continuing to share my Disney photos.

So where are these local sights?  They are mostly in the Dayton, Ohio area.  Some of them are in Columbus or the Cincinnati area.

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Riverscape

My oldest has told me that I could be a tour guide of our area because I know a lot of places.  So during April, I’m going to share some of those local sights beginning with A and then ending with the letter Z.  I’ll be sharing these sights Monday through Saturday.  On Sundays, I’ll be continuing to share my Disney photos.

So where are these local sights?  They are mostly in the Dayton, Ohio area.  Some of them are in Columbus or the Cincinnati area.

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