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

Lake Mead National Recreation Area

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Lake Mead was formed following the building of the Hoover Dam, originally called Boulder Dam.  If full, Lake Mead would be 112 miles long and have 247 square miles of surface.  Of course, it is far from full, the lake is approximately 30% below the level that would be considered full.  Nearby Boulder City, Nevada, was home to many of the workers during the construction of the dam.

Lake Mead RV Village

We stayed at Lake Mead RV Village at Boulder Beach on Lake Mead.  This part of the lake is located about 25 miles southeast of Las Vegas.

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Oak Harbor, WA and Deception Pass

Oak Harbor, WA, (pics) is located on Whidbey Island in Western Washington alongside the Strait of Juan de Fuca.  At 55 miles long it is one of the longest and largest islands in the contiguous United States.  The island is home to the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.  The town of Oak Harbor is located on the south perimeter of the Naval Air Station with many of its residents economically related to it.  The Dutch were among the early settlers of Oak Harbor and you can still see that influence in some of the architecture around town.  After leaving Vancouver, we spent a few days on Whidbey Island.

Deception Pass Bridge

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