Walnut Creek Flea Market
Berlin, OH - Events of Saturday, July 28 to Monday, July 30, 2018
Saturday was our last day in the Berlin area. We started off the day with a breakfast buffet at the Carpenter's Cafe located inside Keim Lumber.
Carpenter's Cafe is open Monday through Saturday, but the buffet is served Saturday morning only. It costs $7.49 and includes a drink (coffee, tea, or soft drink). That's $2 less than the buffet at Der Dutchman, and the one at Der Dutchman doesn't include a drink.
The Carpenter's Cafe buffet includes many of the items that are on the Der Dutchman buffet like scrambled eggs, hash browns, French toast sticks, bacon, sausage patties, smoked sausage, sausage gravy and biscuits, oatmeal, cold cereal, fresh fruit, and even fruit slush. However, it doesn't have nearly as many of the secondary items like toppings for the scrambled eggs (mushrooms, green peppers, onions, etc.) or things like pudding, fried cornmeal mush (one of Margery's favorites), or yogurt. However, the food at the Carpenter's Cafe is good and the price is very reasonable so we think it was definitely worth the stop.
From the Carpenter's Cafe, we headed to the Walnut Creek Flea Market in Sugarcreek. It is one of two flea markets in the area, the other being the Holmes County Flea Market in Berlin. Since both flea markets are similar selling mostly new, country-themed merchandise, and since we didn't have much time on Saturday (more about that shortly), we only hit the Walnut Creek Flea Market. We like it better because it is a little bigger.
Except for produce we buy at some flea markets, we usually do more looking than buying. This time, however, Margery found several kitchen items she wanted at one of the booths. She was especially pleased to come across a ball of butcher's twine, which she has been trying to find for some time. She also got a lemon squeezer, a funnel, a non-stick baking pan to replace her old one that is all beat up, and a spoon holder that clips on the edge of a pot. Now that Margery has a larger kitchen, she is doing more cooking so the gadgets and the twine will come in handy.
The theater in Massillon where we went on Wednesday to see "Equalizer 2" is very nice. It is really clean with no trash and no stickiness on the floors whatsoever, and it has large, comfortable recliners. In addition to enjoying the movie, we also liked the theater a lot. Therefore, we decided to go back for a Saturday matinee, and that's the reason we only had time for one of the two flea markets. We went to see "Mission: Impossible - Fallout," which had just opened the day before. We like the "Mission: Impossible" movies, and in our opinion, this was the best of the series.
On the way back from the movie, we stopped for dinner at Park Street Pizza. This time, we had an order of bread sticks and an order of plain, boneless chicken wings with sweet and spicy sauce and honey-mustard on the side. The bread sticks are made from pizza dough with melted mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses on top and served with marinara sauce and melted garlic butter for dipping. Everything was yummy!
After dinner, we stopped at a gas station in Walnut Creek to fill the tank in preparation for our departure the next morning. Adjacent to the gas station was a hillside garden we had admired every time we drove by so while Paul was filling the tank, Margery walked over for a photo.
Back at the loft, we did a little preliminary packing then settled in for an evening of TV. The next morning, we were on the road before 7 am. We weren't shooting to get going quite that early, but the preliminary packing the evening before made the final packing go more quickly than expected.
The first day's drive on Sunday was around 8 hours, including gas stops and potty breaks. Traffic was much lighter than it is when we head south after Christmas. There weren't even any significant slow-downs on the stretch of I-77 north of Charlotte where it is always congested and where they are currently doing construction.
We stopped at the Hampton Inn in Rock Hill, South Carolina where we always stop. We had dinner at Texas Roadhouse on the way north, and we stopped there on the way south, too. The food is always good, and it's only a couple of minutes away from the Hampton Inn.
Hampton Inn has a free, hot breakfast in the lobby every morning. The breakfast is pretty good, and having it right there at the motel saves a lot of time in the morning when we're trying to get on the road.
The drive from Rock Hill to Wauchula is normally about two hours longer than the one from Pittsburgh to Rock Hill, and this time it was even longer because we were delayed for about half an hour on I-95 in South Carolina because of an accident. The accident was well off the road (a truck and a 5th wheel went off the road and down over the bank), but they stopped all southbound traffic just before we got to the site of the accident so they could land a Life Flight helicopter on the highway.
Shortly after the helicopter took off, we were on our way again. As we passed the 5th wheel, we could see it was upright; but it had apparently rolled a couple of times because the sides, front, and roof were all askew and split open. With the helicopter being there, there were obviously injuries, but we don't know anything more.
We had no other significant delays, even going through Orlando at the beginning of rush hour with road construction. We stopped for a quick dinner at Arby's on our way through Avon Park and pulled into our driveway around 6 pm.
It was good to get away, to visit family in Pittsburgh, to do some of our favorite things in Berlin, and to eat at some of our favorite restaurants; but it was also good to get back home again.
We took a couple of days to catch up on grocery shopping, lawn mowing, and other chores; but it didn't take us long to plan a local outing. Stay tuned.