Part two of our trip continued in Wadsworth, Ohio.
Last year while Will was deployed, I asked him where he would like to go for our vacation this year and the whole world was an option. Surprisingly, his only request was that we visit his grandfather and the place where his spent all his summers as a child. His wish was my command, so we planned this entire trip around it.
As most of you know, we eloped, and as such we still haven't met both sides of extended family. I had met Will's grandmother, Aunt Debbie, and we lived with his cousin Josh at one point, but now I would get to meet his favorite grandfather and the rest of the Ohio family.
And apparently you can't go to Wadsworth without eating at Milich's Vilage Inn.
I mean...it's not Southern Fried Chicken, but it didn't disappoint ;)
We had a family BBQ, ate some good Ohio sweet corn, and kicked it old school on the farm. I'm talking collecting eggs, feeding the horse, and eating Elderberries off the tree while we walked the old trails.
Daisy is grandma's horse, but as you can see, grandpa kinda loves her. He gives her a hard time, but he loves when she gives him hugs
even if he won't admit it.
What one might be most surprised to find is that there is a huge basement under the property with all kinds of treasures. I had heard about grandpa's trains, but I had no clue how awesome his set up was. He says that he never had toys as a child, so he had to make up for lost time. There may or may not have been nudey pictures subtly hung eons ago, but we won't go there. Don't ask, don't tell.
That cutie up there in the yellow shirt is now taller than his daddy. Pictures like that and the memories that this place holds are what made it such a special trip. For everyone that asked why on Earth we would want to go to Ohio, they either haven't been or don't appreciate the simple things in life. Hardworking people, living on the land, beautiful country, good suppers, and warm hearts. Basically, it's more American than the rest of 'Ameri-cuh'.
So long, Ohio. We will be back, but now it's on to Chi-Town!