We moved to Camp Sandusky in Sandusky, Ohio on July 7. On the way, we stopped at Cuyahoga National Park (also in Ohio). The site had a lot of hiking and some waterfalls, but we were only able to go to the visitor center and read about them due to time restrictions.
The next day, we visited River Raisin National Battlefield (in Monroe, Michigan). During the war of 1812, a battle happened there, and the town, along with its food supply, was burned down. The people afterwards had to fend for themselves. The lived off of boiled hay and muskrats. Both were unappetizing. The site bears witness to the perseverance of the people who used to live there.
In case you are wondering, the site is called River Raisin because the French found a river with wild grapes growing on its banks, so they named it that.
On July 15, we arrived at Bethel Horizons in Dodgeville, Wisconsin. There, we attended the Searching Together Conference for a few days, meeting and eating with other believers in the Lord.
Last minute, we decided to upgrade to a new RV. We drove from Wisconsin to Texas, got our new RV (a Talon), then drove to Ohio, where we met back up with the Hoffmans. On the way, we stopped at three NPS sites.
The first was Arkansas Post National Memorial. Arkansas Post is at the confluence of two rivers and has been a gathering place for different peoples over the centuries. At first it was a trading post between the Europeans and Native Americans, but over time, it changed hands. It belonged to the French, Spanish, Confederates, and US at different times over the years.
The second place was Fort Donelson National Battlefield. In 1862, during the Civil War, this was a Confederate fort. The Union battled for it and won, and that led to the surrender of parts of Kentucky and Tennessee to the North.
We stayed at Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky on our way up to Ohio. We went to attend a ranger program there, but it rained (it was an outdoor seating area), and we left. The program was about historical tour guides of the caves. We were learning about an enslaved man who explored, led tours of, and mapped the cave.
In Ohio, we saw Mimi and Papaw (Mr. Josh’s mom and stepdad), as well as Mr. Dom, someone we met while evangelizing in Zanesville.
On August 5, us and the Hoffmans moved from Ohio to Meadow Creek Campground in Meadow Bridge, West Virginia. The campground was basically empty and had no hookups It was very pretty, with the mountains surrounding the park and natural scenery everywhere. It bordered a river which we swam, fished, and snorkeled in. Nearby, there were state parks and a national park (New River Gorge National Park and Preserve). We hiked at these places during the weekend, and took a tram up and down a mountain on one of the days.
And here’s some food we ate recently: