Thursday, August 14, 2008


Laura and I just got back from an impromptu mini-vacation. It was an accident, really. We started talking about how much we enjoyed listening to the books-on-tape when we drove out to visit her mom, and thought it might be nice to do that again -- just drive around, maybe out in the country, and listen to another book. You really can't do it at home; too many other thing interfere. So we thought it would be nice to plan a drive. After a while, it turned into a drive somewhere, a stay in a hotel, and a drive back the next day. Some discussion later, it had morphed into a three-night, four-day trip, which was all we could fit into our schedules.

We found a great little spot in the middle of nowhere: Hocking Hills, Ohio. We rented a cabin not far from Hocking Hills State Park, and it was great. It was one room, with a little kitchen and a comfortable bed and nice lighting, and a hot tub on the back porch. It felt extremely secluded, even though we were only five yards from the road; the entrance, tub, and most of the windows faced away, and a small hill separated us from the road. We cooked all of our meals, and never ate out. We read, and relaxed, and soaked in the hot tub, and spent our entire vacation together. It was nice, and we recommend the cabins to anyone who wants a nice little trip like ours.

And, on the way back, we stopped at one of my favorite little bits of fun in Ohio: Young's Dairy! We had lunch, played putt-putt golf, and had yummy ice cream, in that order. If you've never been to Young's Dairy, it's a bit like Wall Drug, but much smaller, much less retail-oriented, and without the dinosaurs. Again, if you're cruising I-70 through Ohio, it's worth the five-minute detour (each way, minus ice cream time) to hit Young's. All the ice cream is great, the food is good, and the mini-golf is a blast!

1 comment:

Courtney Cooper said...

Hi Jeff,

I just noticed you've recently been to Hocking Hills and thought you might be interested in letting your followers know about an exciting contest to win a weekend for two in Hocking Hills.

The unique contest sends participants to the Hocking Hills Tourism Association Facebook page to submit their worst gift story. Participants follow these steps to enter the contest:

· Post your story of the “Worst Gift Ever” on the contest page.

· All stories posted on Facebook will be kept on page.

· People will decide to “Like” the stories they think demonstrate the worst gift ever.

· Hocking Hills will make a final decision on the winner, based largely on the people’s choice.

The winner of Hocking Hill’s contest will receive two nights in a luxury cabin at Deer Mountain Retreat, The Grouse Nest Traveling Chef will come to the cabin to prepare a gourmet dinner one night, dinner for two at the Millstone one night, tickets for two on the Hocking Hills Canopy Tour Zipline Adventure, tickets for two on the Hocking Hills Nature Trails ATV Adventure, in-cabin couples massage, and a welcome basket in the cabin with goodies and souvenirs.

To learn more about the Hocking Hills Tourism Association, or to submit your worst gift ever, visit .

We would greatly appreciate it if you could post about this exciting Hocking Hills contest on your blog. Be sure to enter the contest yourself, too!

Thanks for your time,

Courtney Cooper