Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Marblehead, OH and Kelleys Island -- Windswept Shores!
At the bike rental I got a pink, really pink, bike. (You would love it, Little Foo!) We peddled around the western perimeter of the island passing charming Victorian homes decorated with plenty of "gingerbread." Some were as colorful as garden flowers. Along the shore we saw cormorants resting on some rocks and a flock of gulls.
Near the park was a cemetery so we stopped to pray for the dead. The oldest gravesite I saw was a woman born in the 1700s. There were many from the 1800s. American flags flew at all the graves of vets. Among the marked graves were those for soldiers who served during the Civil War. The saddest grave I noticed was for a little girl named Laura who was 12 yrs., 1 month, and 8 days old. That poignant remembrance made me tear up thinking how painful the loss must have been to her family. So many little ones died in those days before penicillin.
A few places on our bike ride we headed into the wind. Wow! It was hard to make progress. I was thinking what fun it would be for a kid to have a skateboard and a sail. He could go for miles with little effort from all that wind energy.
After returning the bikes, where I stopped for a rest in the Papa Bear's chair, we lunched at The Pump across the street which had a sign saying, "Best perch on the island." Well, having nothing to compare it to, we can't testify to their claim, but we ordered the perch basket (basically fish and chips) and it was delicious with an unusual kind of tartar sauce that complimented it well. Yum!
Our ferry ride back gave us a good view of the Cedar Point skyline although it was pretty far away. I love ferries and they may be the closest I ever get to a cruise since I don't like the idea of being out in the middle of the ocean with no choice about getting off. We rode on the outside top deck. The windw asn't quite so wild and the ride was delightful. It wasn't far from the ferry landing to Marblehead Lighthouse. Unfortunately, it was closed for the season. I would have liked to climb and check out the view. But we had an enjoyable time walking around and I got a good photo of the Cedar Point amusement park (much closer than from the ferry).