Saturday, May 12, 2012

Grand Lake St. Mary's State Park and Blueberry

We stayed three nights at Grand Lake St. Mary's State Park in western Ohio. It was so nice to be at the state park and enjoy the area with just a few other guests. We took a few walks and saw a snake and a bunch of song birds greeted us with their songs each morning.

While we were at the park our trusty mini-van, Vangoh, gave up the ghost. It has been limping along for several months, but faithfully did its job, almost to the end of our trip. So we purchased a new van in nearby Celina, Ohio. This 2011 model is such a major upgrade for us, that we actually get excited going for a drive, whereas before we almost dreaded having to take Vangoh anywhere. We named the new van Big Blueberry because of its unique color. Patsy said no more silver vans because they are too hard to find in a parking lot with the dozens of other vans with the same color!

We also visited a fun little restaurant in St. Mary's called Lost in the 50s. This eatery is filled with memorabilia from the 1950s and there is a little museum with lots more fun stuff from the era. It is funny talking to our sons and how they think we grew up in this era! The lightbulb came on when I explained I was born a decade after the 1950s were over. This was our parent's era!

Staff - 8 - Spoke to one ranger who was nice and the camp hosts were helpful as well.

Natural surroundings - 9 - Right on St. Mary's Lake.

Roominess - 8 - Plenty big enough.

Facility Fun - 8 -Two playgrounds, BB court, mini-putt, walking trails and lake fishing.

Facility usefulness - 5 - Laundromat, dump.

Bathrooms - 8 - Bathrooms were clean and showers were hot and plenty of them. Flush toilets.

Cleanliness - 8 - State Park clean

Nearby attractions - 5 - Close to Lima. Dayton and Fort Wayne within striking distance.

Value - 10 - Paid $12.50 a night for a back-in site with electric hook-up only. Used our Passport America card.

Overall - 9 - Cheap stay, modern yet in the midst of natural surroundings.

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