No April fool’s joke here, 20 years of business!

This is our 20th April owning the campground. As this winter has dragged on and on and on, I vividly remember our first winter here on the river. We were remodeling the house down on the river for us to live in. The Holmes County Engineer had torn out the single lane railroad bridge over the river. We had to drive around the “hills” to get in and out. George had to take and pick Kim up from school every day because the bus wouldn’t come around to pick her up. He had 4 wheel drive and I was driving a big maroon conversion van that didn’t do real well on the snow. The county had promised us that the bridge would be open by Memorial Day weekend, which they did about a week before Memorial Weekend. But the biggest surprise from our first winter here, was the April snow fall. All 12″ inches of it in one night.

It was around the middle of the month and we were getting ready to move into the house from the cabin that we stayed in all winter. They were calling for snow overnight but who would have known the sight we had the next morning. Snow everywhere made us wonder what were we getting ourselves into going into business for ourselves. Who would have thought after that first winter; no bridge, lots of snow and living in a 800 square foot cabin, we would still be here 20 years later!

In the past 20 years we have gone with several different business models; any campers to overnight campers to seasonal campers to campground/canoe livery campers and now back to overnight campers. We have tried several different mixes of types of campers. What have we found out? We ENJOY all the different types of campers who have touched our lives over the past 20 years.

We have watched many kids grow up here. Whether they only camped once a year to seasonal camper kids. Now some of those kids are back, camping with their kids. We are seeing another batch of kids now with our granddaughters and the friends that they are making here every summer. This continues to be such a joy and honor to us, that 2nd generations of families want to come back and stay with us and let their kids experience the “Mohican River” at our place.

Over the past 20 years we have survived floods, tail winds of tornadoes, hail storms, rain storms, winter storms and more floods but we are still here. All held together by our wonderful family; George, Amy, Kim and Scott Smith. And yes Scott is a Smith by birth! He did not take Kim’s last name when they married and our granddaughters are pure bred not imbreds!!!LOL We have had our ups and downs, joys and fights that come from a family who works, lives and plays together but we are always a family. We are blessed to have my 86-year-old father with us at the campground and Kim and Scott’s 2 beautiful 9 and 3-year-old daughters. The most important thing in the world is your family. THANK YOU to my wonderful family!

So this, our 20th year of business, we THANK YOU! Every one of you who either camps here or has camped here these past 20 years. To those of you who stop in our store, THE LANDING, while canoeing down the river or while camping at another campground, THANK YOU. And to those who have never been here before but have been reading my blog, THANK YOU.
We appreciate you supporting a family owned and operated business in this wonderful country that we live in, the United States of America.

So the next time you are in the Mohican/Amish area of Ohio, Stop in and say hi, so we can tell you,
THANK YOU!

Our sign at the beginning of Wally Road near St Rt 3.

 Our sign at the beginning of Wally Road near St Rt 3.

Sign at bridge

Sign at bridge

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Buckeye Chuck you were WRONG!

Buckeye Chuck you were WRONG!!!! Spring hasn’t sprung and your six weeks are up.

Buckeye Chuck you were WRONG!

Buckeye Chuck you were WRONG!

I am sitting here this morning, drinking my warm cup of coffee beside the fireplace watching the rain.  I am thinking of the outside projects that need to be done before Memorial Day Weekend.  We had wanted to get a jump start on things this year.  Luckily it is only rain this morning unlike the 2 inches of snow they were predicting but snow is on the horizon for the week ahead.

We did get some winter clean up the past 2 weekends.  Outside The Landing, the winter tree limbs were raked up. The flower beds were cleaned up and are ready for the beautiful hostas that call The Landing home, to start peeking out their heads.

The electric company came in yesterday to turn the electric back on from its long winter sleep.  It looked weird last night seeing all of the lights back on. I am sure the deer were not happy last night as all of their hiding places have now been lit up.  Talking about deer, I came out of the SPA Thursday during the day and 4 big does were down under the pines trees.  They stopped and looked at me like who do I think I am doing there. I tried to pull my phone out to take a picture of them but they just turned, flipped their white tails up at me and ran across the road.  This is a picture of a deer from the other day that flipped its tail at me.  Are they flipping me off?!!!

White tailed me!

With camping season that much closer there is definitely something we all need to do before we start towing our campers.  MAINTENANCE. Whether it is a short trip or a long trip you need a checklist of maintenance items you should always do.

When I towed the 5th wheel back from Florida, every time I stopped for gas I had my short check list.  I always walked around the truck and 5th wheel and looked at every tire and every light.  I checked the doors and latches to make sure everything was secure.  At the start of the trip, I had a professional check the tire pressure on all of the tires and I still had a blowout.  Preventive maintenance, do not take it for granted.  Does it cost money? Sure, but what it can save you in the long run is well worth its weight.

Since Buckeye Chuck was wrong and winter weather is still hanging around this weekend, take the time to create or update your check list.  The wonderful people at TechnoRV.com wrote a very helpful article – Tips on How to Tow Your RV Trailer Safely.  Check it and get ready for camping season because,

SPRING REALLY IS AROUND THE CORNER!

Change of Scenery – NOT

March 6, 2013

March 6, 2013

We woke up to this beautiful snow fall from last night. We got about 2-3 inches of the white stuff. The snow is heavy and wet.  But so quickly the beauty went from that to this.

After the plowing

I needed to get the drive plowed so Dad’s therapists could get in the driveway. Dad is being released from all of his therapies today!  Even with the plowing the first therapist got stuck.  I had to have her back up the driveway so she could get out!  She is done with dad so she won’t have to manuver our driveway anymore.

Today is picture day. Here are the rest of the pictures from 7 a.m..

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Be safe and enjoy, hopefully, the last snowfall of the the 2012/2013 winter season!

A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water.
Carl Reiner 

Snow Globe

Snow Globe

Snow Globe

Happy Sunday morning!  This picture doesn’t even do justice of the snow globe effect that is happening here this morning.  People who know me, know I do not like SNOW, but this morning I have to admit, it is beautiful outside.  I love watching this snow with these big beautiful flakes.   So quiet.

When I stepped outside to snap these pictures I could hear the geese and the turkey’s “talking” up a storm but there also was this quiet.  Natures quiet that is so beautiful.

The silence of nature is very real. It surrounds you, you can feel it. Ted Trueblood

Rivers edge

Rivers edge

Today is the day to curl up with a good book and recharge your body and mind for the month ahead.  This is a do nothing day.  Something that we all need to do once in awhile.

Enjoy the snow.  Enjoy the quiet that Mother Nature is giving us on this wonderful Sunday morning.

“What I see in Nature is a magnificent structure that we can comprehend only very imperfectly, and that must fill a thinking person with a feeling of humility. This is a genuinely religious feeling that has nothing to do with mysticism” ~Albert Einstein

March comes in like a lion, it will go out like a lamb!

Groundhog

Groundhog

The groundhog promised in February, only 6 more weeks of winter.  Is the groundhog going to be right?  The weather here in North Central Ohio for March 1, March will begin colder than normal with scattered snow flurries, coming in like a lion.  If this is true then Buckeye Chuck, the groundhog of record, should be correct. March should go out like a lamb.  Then Buckeye Chuck will be right on track!

How many of these March lore’s have you heard before?

A dry March and a wet May? Fill barns and bays with corn and hay.

As it rains in March so it rains in June.

March winds and April showers? Bring forth May flowers.

According to the Farmer’s Almanac  March is coming in like a lion and going out like a lion.

March 2013
1st-3rd. Stormy weather developing, especially Great Lakes.
4th-7th. Stormy Ohio River Valley east.
8th-11th. Fair skies are followed by showers, especially Great Lakes.
12th-15th. Clearing.
16th-19th. Stormy for Illinois and Michigan east, followed by clearing.
20th-23rd. Fair, followed by increasing clouds and showers.
24th-27th. Some showers, especially Great Lakes, then fair.
28th-31st. Becoming stormy by Easter time for Wisconsin, Michigan.

What other weather fork lore’s do you know?  Here a few that I have found.

  • If it thunders in February, it will frost in April.
  • March in January, January in March., I FEAR.
  • A wet March makes a sad harvest…. A dry and cold March never begs its bread.
  • St. Matthew breaks the ice; if he finds none, he will make it.

The last three days of March are called the Borrowing Days, said to have been a loan from April to March, the legend goes that March had a spite against an old woman, and wished to kill her cow; failing to do so in his own month, he borrowed three days of April to enable him to complete the task

  • March borrowed from April Three days, and they were ill;   The first was frost, the second was snaw, The third was cauld as ever’t could   blaw.

Happy March to All!

Hunger Moon or Snow Moon

February’s full moon is known as either the Hunger Moon or Snow Moon.  Our earlier ancestors declared it the Hunger Moon because hunting is at its hardest during February.  Food stores were also becoming scare at this time of year.  Traditionally. February’s full moon name is the Snow Moon.  Normally the heaviest amount of snow falls in February, hence the name.  Luckily for us in North Central Ohio we only have 3 more days to stay below our snow fall totals for the winter.  Lets’ keep it that way!

According to StaryNight, “The full moon rises around sunset and sets around sunrise, the only night in the month when the moon is in the sky all night long. The rest of the month, the moon spends at least some time in the daytime sky.”

Looking ahead to next months full, one of its names is Sap Moon.  The reason, Sap refers to tapping the trees during the month of March, Maple Syrup Festival!   Wow it is amazing to me how our ancestors figured this all out with Google and remembered it all without having  100’s of Gigabytes to store all that info on!

The moon puts on an elegant show, different every tine in shape, colour and nuance.                             Arthur Smith

Maple Syrup Festival March 2-3, 9-10

One of the greatest rites of spring passage in Northern Ohio is the Maple Syrup Festival at Malabar Farm State Park.
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Malabar Farm is one of Ohio’s greatest gems. Malabar Farm was built in 1939 by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Louis Bromfield . This was his home until his death in 1956.
Bromfield was a man who valued the land. He demonstrated this at his farm with progressive conservation farming practices.
This video was used in “The Man Who Had Everything,” a documentary produced by WOSU about the writer-turned-farmer’s life.
On May 21, 1945, Bromfield hosted Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall’s wedding and honeymoon at Malabar Farm.

Bromfield’s prophecy came true in August 1972, when the state of Ohio accepted the deed to Malabar Farm • The state pledged to preserve the beauty and ecological value of the farm.

As a child, my mother would tell us stories about going to Malabar Farm as a teenager. My mother was friends with Ellen Bromfield. Louis Bromfield’s youngest daughter. Mom would tell us about the grand and glorious Big House that had a homey feel. Mom always loved to go and visit the Big House at Christmas time with all the beautiful decorations from the 1940’s & 1950’s. It has been a couple of years since I have been out there myself. So I will mark my calendar for the first 2 weekends in March to visit the Maple Syrup Festival and learn about The Pleasures of Maple Sugaring.

Malabar Farm is one of the must see while visiting our beautiful Mohican Country!

“As soils are depleted, human health, vitality and intelligence go with them”
― Louis Bromfield