A Visit From Family Part I: Baylor Beach, Hershberger's, and Christmas Run Park
Berlin, OH - Events of Friday, August 25 to Wednesday, August 30, 2017
On Friday, August 25, Lora, J. Michael, and Lydia pulled into the site behind us at Scenic Hills in the early evening. They would be spending the week with us all the way through Labor Day. We watched Lydia while they got set up, then we all shared a delicious dinner Margery had made of sausage, peppers and zoodles. For those who don't know, zoodles are noodles made from zucchini. Zoodles make a delicious, gluten-free, carb-free substitute for noodles and spaghetti. Lora and J. Michael gave Margery a Spiralizer for her birthday last year so we have zoodles frequently. The Spiralizer can also be used with vegetables other than zucchini like carrots, radishes, beets, and potatoes (think curly fries). Interchangeable blades cut vegetables into fat, thin, or flat spirals.
First thing on Saturday morning, we headed out to Der Dutchman for their breakfast buffet. After breakfast, we stopped at the Walnut Creek Flea Market where we couldn't resist trying on some fun items and modeling them for the camera.
After the flea market, we made a couple of other stops then headed back to Scenic Hills for Lydia to have her afternoon quiet time. She doesn't nap anymore, but she will usually spend an hour or so in her crib playing relatively quietly by herself which gives Lora a much-needed break every day.
On Sunday, we headed to nearby Beach City to Baylor Beach. Baylor Beach has a two-acre swimming lake with a water park, picnic facilities and campground. Admission to the water park and picnic area is $7 on weekdays and $8 on weekends. Seniors get a $1 discount, and kids age 3 and under are free. There is a separate 1-acre lake with paddle boats (extra cost), and there is a miniature golf course (also extra cost). Baylor Beach has been family owned and operated since 1954.
Over on the other side of the lake is a playground. Of course, Lydia had to try that out, too.
There was hazy sun, and the air was warm, but it wasn't what you would call hot. However, like most kids, Lydia really loves the water and didn't care one bit that the water was a little on the cool side. After spending a couple of hours in the water, it was time to get out and play in the sand a while to give the adults time to dry off and warm up before changing out of their bathing suits to head back to the RV park.
On the way back to Scenic Hills, we stopped at Park Street Pizza. We had a large pizza with Italian sausage and mushrooms, and Lora and J. Michael had one with pepperoni and extra cheese. Lydia had chicken strips and fries. She's not a real big eater, so the adults all got to try some of her chicken and fries. Everything was delish! Park Street Pizza uses all fresh, local ingredients wherever possible, and it really makes their food stand out.
J. Michael had to go back to work on Monday take care of some important business, so the rest of us all headed to downtown Berlin later in the morning just to walk around and browse some of the shops. J. Michael got finished up at work early enough to meet us at Der Dutchman for the salad bar for dinner on his way back to Berlin.
On Tuesday, we went to Hershberger's Farm & Bakery. They have a large petting zoo, which Lydia loves.
Lydia loved the baby goat in the next photo. She wanted to take it home.
A trip to Christmas Run Park in nearby Wooster was on the agenda for Wednesday. We found it last year when we went looking for an alternative to an indoor playland we were planning to go that ended up being closed. Christmas Run Park has a rustic theme with fiberglass logs and boulders the kids can climb on and crawl through. Lydia was much more agile this year than she was last and was able to do a lot more climbing by herself.
Lydia's favorite thing at the park was a zip line ride that she was too small for last year. It has a seat suspended from an overhead track that dips down in the middle. She rode it too many times to count.
Lora was the only adult with enough nerve to try the zip line.
After we left the park, we stopped for a late lunch at Smoke the Burger Joint at their new location in Wooster. The last time we were at Smoke, we redeemed a text coupon we had gotten for a free milkshake. This time, Lora had one on her phone. There was no way we were going to sit by and watch while Lora and J. Michael shared a milkshake for dessert so we got one, too. The milkshakes at Smoke are large, very thick, and delicious.
We didn't think the cleanliness of this restaurant or the friendliness of the staff was up to the high standard of the other Smoke locations we have been to previously in Massillon and North Canton. It's not that it was bad, it's just wasn't as terrific as it was at the other two locations. Maybe it was because we got there around 2:00 and the staff was still feeling a little hassled from the lunch rush and they didn't have time to finish cleaning up yet. At any rate, the burgers, fries, and milkshakes were still as delicious as they always are.
Our week long adventure with Lora, J. Michael, and Lydia continued. We'll tell you more in our next post.