It is November!!!!


It seems like it was just a couple of weeks ago that I wrote about the cows floating down the river and now here I am writing about the season being over.

WOW where did this summer go…….

To see where the summer went I decided to go back through our Facebook page and see what I had posted.

20th anniversary year – April

Cows swimming down the river – May

Top ten things to do while staying at Smith’s – May/June

Beautiful weather, High water no canoeing, low water-canoeing, Rain, fun at the campground despite the rain, zip line fun all summer long  – June

Rain, Fishing, Floods, high water, no canoeing most of July, beautiful weather, a wedding the day after the flood,  THINGS to Do in the area when the river is closed,  Camping fun despite the weather – end of month finally river fun – July

Finally river fun and nice weather – AUGUST

Fishing, more OHIO fun pictures, beautiful weather – September

Fall colors, beautiful weather, chili cookoff/trick or treat, campground closes – October

What a great season!  Loved going back through the pictures and seeing all the great people who stayed with us this year!

Thank you!

  IMG_20131103_120559_635 IMG_20131103_120641_993


Always know the path you are going down because you never know where it might take you…

Cows in the River

Cows in the River

Anyone who has ever camped here especially in the middle of the campground, sites 18-33, you know that the hill goes straight up on the opposite of the river, so how in the world did 12 cows make it down the hill tumbling into the river, only to float away.  No one will ever know!

Scott (the wonderful son-in-law!) was working in the grounds when he heard a noise.  A strange noise like something large was coming down the hill.  At first he thought the deer were crossing the river or maybe Big Foot was finally going to show himself here or maybe it is the spirit that has been chasing Luke (the helper bee) around the campground the last couple of weeks.

Nope it was 12 cows plunk plunk plunk into the river.

In case a missing cow report had been filed, Scott called the Holmes County Sheriff’s Department to report that 12 cows were swimming down the Mohican River. The river was alittle bit on the high side and the cows didn’t even have on their life jackets!  The Sheriff’s Department asked Scott if he knew whose cows they were.  No, Scott said, that is why he was calling the Sheriff’s Department.  He called a farmer who lives a few miles away from here on top of the hill  but got no answer.  So the mystery of the cows continued until today when Scott finally told me the cow story and I said well we have to post this to Facebook to see if anyone knows where the cows came from.

Social Media is a crazy thing.  As I am writing this blog, the video was posted to Facebook.  It was liked and shared multiple times in a matter of a couple of hours and the mystery of the cows is slowing unraveling.  We still do not know who the cows belong to, but from what we understand they were rounded up and are safe.

My sister’s dog ran away a couple years ago and through the power of Facebook the dog was found.

Lost cows, lost pets, lost people the power of social media is unreal!  Social Media is the quickest way to get the word out.  Amber Alerts, Silver Alerts and Missing Person alerts I hope that anyone who is in that situation posts there first because it is crazy how quick a post can become viral.

As I get more information about the cows I will keep you posted.  Maybe I can get an interview with the lead cow as to why it led it’s herd down that path.

The moral to this story always know the path you are going down because you never know where it might take you!

20 years of trees…..

Our 20th spring here at the campground! As the trees have started blooming I look at the trees and think back to what I saw 20 years ago. A score! (I mean a score as in 20 years).  Enjoy the pictures.  These were taken on May 1.

The best friend of earth of man is the tree.

When we use the tree respectfully and economically,

we have one of the greatest resources on the earth.”

— Frank Lloyd Wright

2013-05-01 18.45.30

2013-05-01 18.38.58

2013-05-01 18.42.522013-05-01 18.36.04

 2013-05-01 18.57.40  2013-05-01 18.41.46

Spring HAS Sprung!!!!

Monday was one of those wonderful Ohio spring days.  The high was about 62.  Just cool enough that I needed a jacket but warm when you were in the sun!

The grass is growing before my eyes

The grass is growing before my eyes

I think the grass was growing right before my eyes, so I jumped on the Kubota and started mowing.  That is Keoni and I were mowing. If you do not know who Keoni is, he is my mouthy 2.5# Chihuahua that rides around in my shirt.

George just cringes when I mow because that is my thinking time and today was no different.  I wasn’t even on the mower an hour when the poor stump grinding guy – got the Amy has an idea!!!

Amy & Keoni mowing!

Amy & Keoni mowing! You can barely see his head sticking out of my jacket!

For 20 years we have cut trees down or the wind blew them down for us, but we never did any stump grinding.  So our wonderful contractor Steve Shriver (wonderful because he has remodeled the SPA and has endured me changing my mind on a few things!) recommend Seth McFadden to grind some stumps that needed removed before we pour the new concrete pads for the seasonal sites.

McFadden Stump Grinding - 567-203-7565

McFadden Stump Grinding – 567-203-7565

McFadden Stump Grinding – 567-203-7565 came in last week to quote to George the stumps that George wanted removed.  Well of course George just mentioned it in passing to me that Seth was coming today.   So bless his heart, Seth came in here today thinking he only had about a half days worth of work but what George didn’t think about was that the weather was nice, I came out of hibernation, me getting on the mower today and thinking about stumps.  So Seth spent the day here, cutting down trees and grinding more stumps.  What a nice young man with a wicked stump grinder!  I have more stumps that I think need to go but the Kubota will be happy with the ones that he took out today.

Stump Grinding

Stump Grinding

And it is gone!

And it is gone!

I had lunch today at Trails End Pizza. While I was eating, I was checking out Facebook and what did I read but Mohican Adventures posted that they were sending rafts today, adults only but hoping by the weekend the mighty Mohican might be back to normal.  No way anyone was going to go rafting today, I thought.  But as I was mowing look at what when by me – a raft with some daring young souls.

Rafting on the Mohican River

Rafting on the Mohican River

They seemed to be having fun!  But I guess my old age is creeping in, I think it might be just a little cold!  Watch for the updates on Facebook  if there will be canoeing this weekend.  Also don’t forget about the Mohican Wildlife Weekend and Jack Hanna’s Animals at the Wolf Creek Grist Mill this weekend.

Even if you don’t go camping this weekend take a drive down to the Mohican Area/Wally Road and check out all the activities starting to happen in the area!  And if you do drive down make sure you stop in at Smith’s Campground and say Hi!


Spring has Sprung?  SHS?  Really.  We are mowing the lawn, the trees are blooming but Saturday as I was working in the SPA I heard this ping, ping, ping against the window.  SNOW/ICE pelts.  NO NO NO NO it is the end of April.  April showers bring May flowers.  The only flowers so far have been the tulip bulbs that I forced inside.


George is cooking Pizza, beer is stocked so if you want to take a drive just to rid yourself of the never ending cabin fever cthis spring, come on down and eat some pizza and wings.  If you have not made your reservations for the summer come on down and pick out your sites for the summer.  We opened up those 15 river front sites this year on the lower end so groups have moved around which has opened up other sites.  If you know someone who has tried to get a river front site here for years now is their chance to get in.  Plenty of river front sites to choose from on the following weekends May 31-June 2 and Aug 23 – 25.  Limited number of river front sites on June 14-16 and Aug 16-18.  The other weekends there are one or two here or there on the other weekends.

Does your family have a reunion? NO then Plan your family reunion now! Let us help you plan your family gathering!

 “Make every day count. Appreciate every moment and take from it everything that you possibly can, for you may never be able to experience it again.” 

Here are my spring pictures so far!

First worm of the season!

Another tree blooms

Lilac tree by the house!

2013-04-11 11.06.14 Tree blooms

Since not much camping is going on here at the campground between the rain, swollen river and 28 degree mornings, I am just going to leave you with these pictures of SHS here at the campground.

As the blooming continues so will the pictures!

Happy Monday!  At least the sun is shining!


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,

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

Check us out online at and Friend us on Facebook!

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 wrote a very helpful article – Tips on How to Tow Your RV Trailer Safely.  Check it and get ready for camping season because,