Needles, CA

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Needles is located on Interstate 40 at the Colorado River.  This puts you near the intersection of California, Arizona and Nevada.  We spent a week here which included the New Year’s weekend.

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Niagara Falls

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Yes, it’s true.  Niagara Falls is amazing.  It seems like that word is getting overused these days.  Can a hamburger really be “amazing”?  Let’s agree that Niagara Falls is truly amazing.  It’s one of those wonders of nature that you have to experience in person to fully appreciate.  After visiting Niagara Falls and Iguazú Falls (in August 2013), we have now seen two of the world’s three most spectacular waterfalls with Victoria Falls remaining for a future trip.  Niagara Falls, consisting of the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and Horseshoe Falls, is tops in terms of vertical drop combined with water volume but the 1.7 miles long series of waterfalls at Iguazú deserves its own type of amazing.

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Cincinnati, OH

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We stayed in an area on the north side of Cincinnati called Winton Woods, specifically in the Winton Woods County Park.  It’s a beautiful park with a large lake, large forested areas and ample walking/biking paths.  The campground here was very nice, too.

Downtown Cincinnati

We spent one day exploring a little bit of downtown Cincinnati, mostly around the Riverfront area.  With the Bengal’s Paul Brown Stadium on one side and the Cincinnati Red’s Great American Ball Park on the other, the Smale Riverfront Park is a very inviting outdoor space for all ages.  From the park you can also access the remarkable John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge which spans the Ohio River between Cincinnati and Covington, KY.  When this beautiful bridge was opened in 1866, it was the world’s longest suspension bridge at 1,057 feet.  The next project for the designer of this bridge, John A. Roebling was the Brooklyn Bridge.

Next stop:  Hocking Hills State Park

Barkley Lake Bridge

Barkley Lake bridge

Barkley Lake bridge

On our way to Kenlake Resort, we had to first cross the Barkley Lake Bridge.  It is an old, narrow bridge.  As you can see from the photo, they have begun work on a new, much wider bridge.  The bridge crossing Kentucky Lake, called the Eggners Ferry Bridge has already been replaced with a new bridge which opened only in April 2016.

Naturally, when we crossed Barkley Lake Bridge we met a big truck right in the middle section.  Fortunately, this went without incident. Continue reading