Floods. Our travels into SW Ohio followed the Little Miami River to the Ohio. And the repeated theme as we toured local historical sites was the devastating flooding as rivers overflowed their banks. Caesar Creek State Park was a more recent link in a chain of remediation projects by the Army COE to control these mighty waters. The park is centered on a dam completed in 1978 that transformed Caesar Creek into Caesar Creek Lake. This provided the recreation area that included our campground (holding over 250 sites), hiking trails, boat launches and an excellent Visitor Center museum.
By week’s end, it was time to move on. We had a short trip across the Ohio River back into Indiana for a 3 night stay at a Passport America campground called Little Farm on the River. Unlike our Caesar Creek campsite, we had a pull-through with plenty of shade and full hook-ups. Given the soaring temperatures, we appreciated the shade, but not the low-branches. We were pleasantly surprised when the park’s maintenance man pruned them at our request. Great service.
From Indiana, we crossed back over the Ohio River, skirted the western suburbs of Cincinnati and followed I75 into Kentucky, stopping just north of Lexington. We had chosen this destination to visit some of our Nomads friends who lived there. Since many of the spots in the Whispering Hills RV Park looked pretty tight and/or just gravel lots, we splurged and got a premium pull-thru site, complete with a 100 ft paved pad, full hook-ups, and a patio table and chairs. Between the heat and torrential rain, we never actually got a chance to sit in the patio chairs. You can’t have everything.
The bug bit back in May. After our son-in-law demonstrated his drone and how it could fly above the park and take some amazing pictures, Dave started doing research. A couple of months later, one arrived. However, the first one didn’t work so well ( and no it wasn’t just the operators). So, it wasn’t until our stay at Little Farm on the River that we had a working drone – a Holy Stone 175D. It is on the high end of the “toy” drones, but has a lot of features that the much more expensive DJI drones have.
You might be scratching your head at the “port of St. Albans” reference. But West Virginia does have a navigable river, the Kanawha River. And this roadside park is a hidden gem along I64 . It has 3 pull-through sites with 30A electric – and they are all free. Since there are few to no campground options past this point until well into Virginia, we were pinning our hopes on an available spot. Although we did have a backup plan to boondock across the street in the old K-mart parking lot. It looked like the temperatures would stay cool enough to enable this to happen.
So, the good news was that there was one spot open when we arrived. In a lovely setting by the river, these are really lovely sites. However, the bad news was that the 30A outlet had no power. Deciding we could make do with a 15 amp extension cord for essentials like the TV and our computer outlets, we decided to stay put. However, as a courtesy, we called the town to ensure they knew about the problems with the power pole. Maybe the next camper would benefit from our having reported it.
Herb has possession of an artifact that has been passed down through his family for generations from the Civil War. Originally stripped off a Union steamship in 1864, the pilot house eagle was "confiscated" by his relative, Joseph Norsworthy at that time and handed down until it was passed back to the local museum. This cast replica now sits in Herb’s den.