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Twenty years ago on 9-9-1989 Kim and I were married, to celebrate we wanted to take a small trip back to Hocking Hills Ohio to do and see a couple of things we missed when we were there this spring. Ohio Truck Camper Get Together (May 2009) This time there were very few sites available in the area and we ended up at the Hocking hills KOA. It is a nice campground although very hilly and the sites are not even close to level, on our site we had added 4.5 inches to the back tires and were still out of level by about the same amount. Our site was very small and as I found out that night it was directly across from the parks water treatment pumps, I felt like we were parked in a truck stop with a big rig idling next to me all night.

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So in the morning on our way out for the day we stopped at the park office to request a new site and were informed that they were booked solid and had nowhere for us to move. I again explained my plight and said I would check with them again on our return.

So Kim & I headed out to our very first Kayaking adventure, it wasn't white water by any means but a fun four hours of paddling and watching of scenery.

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We were able to park the kayaks on a small shoreline and take a short walk to the "Rock bridge"

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A very nice ride

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Ohio has a different idea about erosion control and being environmentally friendly

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It was very fun

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On our return to the camp ground we checked in with the office, they still had no other sites to offer us, we talked for awhile and it came up that our rig is totally self sufficient. The owner had a light bulb light up over his head and asked if we would go for a ride with him. He took us past the tent sites past a sign that read "no motor vehicles, foot traffic only" along this two track...

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...to what we happily agreed to as our new site

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It's their group site/field and where they dump all the tree trimmings

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The KOA sells firewood in over priced bundles of hard wood but I asked the owner if I could pay him a fee to burn some of the junk wood, he said no. He said we could burn as much of the junk wood we wanted for free. So we wasted no time getting our evening supply

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Yes I helped but of course there’s no photo proof of that.

We had this great site for three nights, it was wonderful. We were far enough away and over a small ridge that we could not hear any of the noise from the camp ground, at night it was dark and we could watch the stars. I have seen satellites before but they were dim and flew in a perfectly straight line the night we saw two objects in a row on the exact same flight path, the first one dim and the 2nd one quite bright. I was wondering if it could have been the shuttle and space station? If anyone knows what we saw I would like to hear from you.

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While sitting by one of our fires I noticed a lot of movement on the ground, remember we are in nature... they were very nice, we didn't bother them and they didn't bother us.

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On one of our walks along the trails we saw several of these twisted trees, the vines would climb up the tree and choke it until the tree could grow around it. It shortens the life of the tree but they look cool.

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On another day we visited Old Mans Cave

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On our last full day we did a Canopy tour using rope bridges and zip lines, very cool although it goes by way too fast. Not many photos during because it was raining at the beginning and things were happening too fast (and I sometimes was so into it I forgot)

Here we are getting rigged up

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OK, lets get this show going...

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Lets hit the trail to the trees

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Kim zipping along

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Me too

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At the end we repelled down to the ground

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This is our whole group (yellow hats = guides red hats = customers, I mean zippers)

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Kim getting her certificate of completion

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It was a great trip for not having gone far from home and Kim was so into everything we did, she wanted to do even more than I did. Next trip I guess.


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Looks like you guys had a blast, thanks for sharing.


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Posted: 09/14/09 12:06pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for sharing with us... we like that area.

As much as you enjoyed your trip...

Another close trip might be down I-75 to the area around the TN/KY state line... Cumberland Falls with its Moonbow and whitewater rafting , Big South Fork National Forest, Pickett State Park with caves and Arches, The Obed Wild and scenic river (with rock climbing), Frozen Head state Park, etc.

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Posted: 09/14/09 01:42pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Great pictures. Did you ever find out why they left those cars along the banks?
Also, how did you haul your kayaks?


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Great Pics!! Congrats on 20 years!!

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I saw the same two objects in night sky. I was not sure what it was.


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Posted: 09/14/09 06:56pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Happy anniversary!!! Got em beat by about 2 years... Looks like you had a grand ol' time!

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Happy anniversary Bruce & Kim

No wonder Kim is in such great shape after being married to you for 20 yrs & having to go out & get all that squaw wood for the camp fire. LOL


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Thanks for posting.

Like the erosion control. Some good old car parts in there


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Awesome report. Great pictures, Congrats on 20 years! Looks like a lot of fun times!


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