Columbus, Ohio

We started today with a hike around the perimeter of TT Wilmington preserve.  There are 3 ponds here and the staff has done a good job grooming a trail around the ponds and through the trees.  Parts are a little hilly but nothing we could not handle.  We found the tennis/pickleball court.  It isn’t in great shape, but certainly playable nonetheless.  It is a single, fenced tennis court with a good net.  Quite a few large cracks with grass growing up through them on the court surface, but with a little tlc and a few $$, this court could be in great shape.  There is also a 25 meter indoor pool here, but as usual, pools don’t open until Memorial Day and generally only stay open until Labor Day.  One of my pet peeves about all campgrounds, including Thousand Trails, is that they generally boast a large list of amenities and activities in their literature and websites, in order to get you to spend your money and stay there.  But the reality is that much of the list is unservicable, unplayable, etc.  I’m talking about swimming pools, shuffleboard, tennis, pickleball, mini golf, etc .  There seems to be a prevailing attitude in some areas that entitlement ends once a campsite and hookups. are provided.  Enough of my little rant though……a few photos taken during our walk this morning.
We headed into Columbus for a little shopping around noon.  Ed & Kim, friends from about 20 years ago who live in the Columbus area had invited us for dinner and suggested we check out Easton Town Center on Hwy 270.  Lets just say we were totally amazed by the number of stores and the size of the shopping area.  We picked up a few household items at Bed, Bath & Beyond.  Just as Ed had  told us, we could have spent 3-4 days there shopping and not hit the same store twice.  Perhaps the biggest surprise though for two Canadians on their way home for the summer, was the sight of quite a few Tim Horton’s coffee shops around the Columbus area.  We stopped at one for lunch.  Imagine how we felt once inside, and there was no line up!  That just does not happen in Canada!  It is said that death and taxes are the only two certainties in life.  Well in Canada, there is a third certainty…..there is always a line up at Timmy’s!  There is a fourth certainty too….something about the Toronto Maple Leafs never winning the Stanley Cup. Apologies to all you Leaf fans out there.
Chris and her Tim Horton’s smile

We had a wonderful visit and a great meal with Ed, Kim & family.  More friends on facebook.  All to soon though, it was time to drive back to Wilmington.  Thanks guys for a great visit.