Day Trip to Lake Erie in Northwest Ohio

Last month we climbed up in a truck and headed north. Warmer temps got us out of the house and up to some of our favorite hang outs.

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Our first destination was East Harbor State Park. This is one of my favorite state parks in all of Ohio. It’s also my favorite place to swim in the summer.

My husband showed me a quicker, more direct route. It just goes to show – you can live in a place for a majority of your life and still learn new things. 🙂

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A welcome sight
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Getting closer

East Harbor State Park

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Driving in

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Geese sunbathing

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A view of the Lake

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Don’t be fooled. As beautiful as it looks, it was breezy and cool. I think the temperature read out in the truck said 40ish degrees – and it was around noon at the time. Pretty normal for the end of March.

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And more geese enjoying the sunshine

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Peaceful. Quiet.

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And then we headed west. About half an hour later we arrived at the

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge

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This is such a great place to visit. You can walk the trails, catching glimpses of the wildlife, bird watch, take a guided tour, or hang out in the visitor center.

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This was our second time visiting. We love hanging out in the visitor center. There’s so much to do and so much to learn! We were fortunate to be able to meet two U.S. Fish and Wildlife Officers while we were there. It was cool 🙂 While my husband chatted with them, my son and I explored.

Some interesting things in the Hunting Lodge room

Enjoying the sunshine and trying to spot some interesting birds.

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An owl

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And my son’s favorite spot – The Muskrat House

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Read more about our trip to Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge here: Day Trip to Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge

Then we headed toward Toledo.

First up

Maumee Bay State Park

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The nature center was open so we stopped in. We were able to see frogs, snakes, fish, and turtles. It was pretty neat!

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This guy wanted to say hello.

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This guy wasn’t having my photo shoot antics.
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Eastern Box Turtles enjoying the sunshine.
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This guy was friendly.
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A spiny soft-shell turtle.
And then we drove back around to the beach.

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It was around 5, so it had warmed up enough to actually get out and walk on the beach.

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Maumee Bay is a hot spot in the summer! There’s plenty of room on the beach to lay out or go for a dip. Across the parking lot, they have an inland beach which is also popular during the summer months. It’s a great park to visit.

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Some pretty shells.

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Sensible beach footwear
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Boots in the sand
 

 

After stopping in to visit some friends, it was time for dinner. Toledo has many amazing restaurants. But let me reveal its best kept secret… a little family owned restaurant on the Ohio-Michigan border..

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If you are visiting Toledo or the surrounding area, make the trip to N. Summit street and stop in for a delicious, inexpensive meal. Everything is tasty and their loaded chili dogs are the best! Every time we are up that way, we stop.

 

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Then it was time to head home.

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The sunset was gorgeous.

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