I've never felt isolated or out of touch in Kentucky, because my parents and my sister moved down. However, here I'm very aware of how many blood relations I have that I haven't seen in 20 or 30 years. Many of them can only be visited in graveyards.
Last night the wind came off the lake, dropping temps into the low 60's. We were fortunate to be surrounded by trees, so the camper got knocked around a little bit, intermittently.
Today my cousin took us down to Tinker's Hollow. Which, to my surprise is on State Road and has a covered bridge over the Conneaut Creek.
There is a vineyard nearby - not in the Hollow, because of the curse, you see.
I was also petitioned by some of the local flora to set them free. They were in a sandbank and doing poorly. I promised them a place in my garden. So I'm returning with a bucket full of Tinker's Hollow Tiger lilies.
I hate to admit this, but I'm a crappy researcher. I thought I could whip through the files on the Ashtabula Horror Bridge Disaster. Wrong, I did get a few things scanned, but didn't have the time or a quiet place to read through it all.
The Kingsville Public Library was a good place to start. I spent most of Monday there.
Today is Tuesday - we took a big slice of the Covered Bridge tour - Kingsville, Tinker's Hollow, Gageville, Ashtabula Harbor and Main street. Spent a couple hours at the Ashtabula public library too. I just scratched the surface there.
Also had the COOLEST encounter with Jim Drew, a writer, and his wife at the Marine Museum (which was closed - only open on weekends - I'll bet they're funded on a shoestring.) Jim writes SciFi - and has 1 book self-published to Amazon.
We exchanged email addresses - I gave him a couple URLs and blogs to check out. Told him to read to Dean Wesley Smith's "Think Like a Publisher' because it was the best place to get started. He mentioned being overwhelmed - which I understand - and not knowing what to do next.
I figured this was my chance to pay-it-forward in a big way.
WOW - what a day!