Salvaging A Road Trip

I took my kids and “my kids” on a road trip to Marblehead to see something that won’t be there after this season (more on that in a later post). Parts of it were and were not what I expected. So, after we got back to the truck, I pulled out an Ohio atlas that was given to me earlier this year (THANKS LISA!!!), and looked to see if there was anything worthwhile in the area since we were about an hour from home. Lo and behold, about 10 minutes down the road was the Marblehead Lighthouse. ‘Dudes, we are going to check this out.’

So, ten minutes down the road and I pass the State Park. It’s gotta be close, right? Um, yea, so close that it’s IN the park. Sorry, didn’t see the sign, only one that said State Park. In my defense, I was distracted by St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church, which is in the same eparchy as my church, and the 3-bar cross is what caught my eye.

ANYWAY, sorry, seeing the Marblehead Lighthouse was a highlight because some fellow Flickr photographers have shot this lighthouse numerous times, and I never really checked to see where it was. Pulling into the park and seeing that it was THAT lighthouse brightened my day. So, hope this brightens yours. The view was fantastic!

Cedar Point from Marblehead

(On the back of the sign in the foreground):

This magnificent 65 foot beacon (77 steps to the top), originally 50 feet, was built in 1821 in just eleven weeks. An additional 15 feet was added to the structure in 1903. The US Congress set aside an appropriation of $5000 to build the Lighthouse. The actual cost was $6520. Contractor William Kelley and his crew built it using native limestone.

The current 300mm light flashes green every 6 seconds and can be seen for more than 11 nautical miles on a clear night. The Marblehead Lighthouse continues to serve as a navigational aid for recreational boaters, complimenting other more sophisticated forms of electronic navigation which guide commercial vessels.

 The Marblehead Lighthouse was purchased from the Federal Government and became Ohio’s 73rd State Park in October of 1998.

Cedar Point

I’ve wanted to walk through Cedar Point with a camera for quite a while. But it’s difficult to tell the family, I’d rather take pictures than ride rides. On July 4th, we met friends up there, and I was able to sneak off with the camera for over an hour. While dragging a tripod would have given me more photos for here, it would also have been in the way of other people, and I wasn’t going to take that chance.

Top Thrill Dragster

122 mph and then straight up to 420 feet in the air

The Cedar Point and Lake Erie Railroad

Take a ride through Boneville

The Wave Swinger

Take a ride through the air in swing-like seats

Watch the kids play in this fun fountain

Walk through Frontier Town at night to see the Starlight Experience

The Maverick

Two-and-a-half minutes of speed and wild turns

The Maverick silhouetted against the sunset

Snake River Falls

An 82-foot tall water flume ride

And what Independence Day is not complete without fireworks?

Cedar Point Excitement

I thought it would be different to shoot the folks riding the rides at Cedar Point. I still have more photographs of the other sites at the park, but between Kristen and I, we got the reactions of some of the riders while on the roller coasters. Some of the shots are a bit fuzzy, but the excitement is very evident.

Iron Dragon

Maxair

Top Thrill Dragster

Thunder Canyon

Well, some of that excitement might be absolute terror, but really, who can tell the difference?