Memorial Day Weekend
Berlin, OH - Events of Thursday, May 26 to Monday, May 30, 2016
Lora, J. Michael and Lydia pulled into Scenic Hills RV Park a little before 8 p.m. on Thursday. We watched Lydia while Lora and J. Michael were setting up. During that time, we went for a short walk, and Lydia took along her toy stroller.
After Lora and J. Michael got set up, we visited a while. Then it was off to bed for Lydia, and we went back to our rig for the rest of the evening.
The next morning, we headed out bright and early to Der Dutchman for their breakfast buffet. Afterward, we stopped at Walnut Creek Cheese to look around and to pick up a few things. Walnut Creek Cheese has a wide variety of bulk foods, a nice deli department (they make a lot of their own cheeses and lunch meats) and a good meat department. They also have a section that features pots and pans and kitchen gadgets.
After visiting Walnut Creek Cheese, we hit both the area flea markets. Walnut Creek Amish Flea Market is located in Sugarcreek a little to the east of Der Dutchman and the Holmes County Flea Market is located just a short distance to the west of the RV park. The markets are similar in that they are both indoors and they both sell primarily new merchandise, most of it with a country theme.
Lydia likes jigsaw puzzles, and she stopped to look at the ones for sale by one of the vendors. She is starting to take an interest in letters and numbers, so Grammy and Poppy ended up buying her a puzzle with numbers.
Lydia also got a couple of new Beanie Babies - one is a bunny and the other is a cow. Lydia really seems to be fond of cows, and she likes to moo loudly just about every time someone mentions the word "cow." The next photo shows Lydia mooing as she holds her new Beanie Babies.
After the flea markets, we headed back to the campground so Lydia (and several of the adults) could nap. Afterward, Lora made us all a delicious dinner of burrito bowls (burrito ingredients served in a bowl rather than wrapped in a tortilla). It was too warm for a campfire, so we just sat around and chatted a while and watched Lydia. We all headed back to our respective rigs when it was time for Lydia to go to bed.
After Lora fixed us all breakfast on Saturday, we headed to Keim Lumber in nearby Charm. As we entered the store, the lady at the information desk gave Lydia a balloon.
Keim Lumber has just about anything you can think of for the home and garden. They also have quite a few household items and even some toys for kids. In the toy department, J. Michael picked up a puppet and starting talking to Lydia.
From Keim Lumber, we headed up the road to Hershberger's Farm Market. In addition to produce and baked goods, the market has a petting zoo.
Hershberger's is where we got our flower basket that we wrote about a couple of posts ago. They have the biggest selection in the area, and it looked like they got in another shipment in time for the busy holiday weekend.
After Lydia's nap, we all went to Der Dutchman for dinner. Afterward, we went back to the campground to relax a while before heading back out to the new Dairy Queen in downtown Berlin.
On Sunday morning, it was Margery's turn to make breakfast. It was a delicious, crustless quiche with ham and smoked Gouda cheese. After breakfast, we drove to a playground in nearby Millersburg.
Lydia had a ball. Her favorite was the slide. They had three of them, and one was just her size.
Next to the slide was a bouncy ride. After Grammy demonstrated the ride, Lydia ran over to try it.
Lydia also liked the merry go round.
For dinner on Sunday, Paul smoked some shrimp we had gotten for the occasion back when we visited Lower Alabama. It was finally cool enough for a campfire, so we enjoyed a short one between dinner and Lydia's bedtime.
After breakfast on Monday, we watched Lydia while Lora and J. Michael packed up and prepared to head home. They pulled out around 11 a.m. It was a fun weekend with lots of good Lydia time, and we are looking forward to seeing them again soon.
As we sat watching TV after dinner, Margery noticed flames and heavy black smoke from the property adjacent to the campground. We couldn't see what was burning because of a small rise between us and the fire, so we ran over to check it out. It turned out the fire department was conducting a controlled burn of a house that was scheduled to be demolished.
They apparently waited until the end of the Memorial Day weekend when all the local businesses would be closed and most of the out of town visitors would be gone so there would be less traffic. The fire did, however, attract plenty of locals. The parking lot of the business across the street was filled with cars, trucks and buggies, and people were lined up along the berm watching the action.
After about 20 or 30 minutes, the intensity of the fire started to diminish noticeably, so we headed back to our rig to resume watching TV. Stay tuned for our next update.