S: Cleveland, Ohio; June 30, 2012-July 6, 2012
BC: DEPARTED | CLEVELAND | 6 JUL 2012
1: CLEVELAND | ARRIVED | June 30, 2012 | is a city in the U.S. state of Ohio and is the county seat of Cuyahoga County, the most populous county in the state. The city is located in northeastern Ohio on the southern shore of Lake Erie, approximately 60 miles (97 km) west of the Pennsylvania border.
2: The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is a 165-acre (67 ha) zoo in Cleveland, Ohio. The zoo is divided into several areas: the RainForest, the African Savanna, Northern Trek, the Australian Adventure, and the Primates, Cats, and Aquatics House. The Metroparks Zoo has one of the largest collections of primates in North America. It features Monkey Island, a concrete island where a large population of Colobus Monkeys are kept in free-range conditions
4: "Godfather and Son" Our trip to Cleveland was scheduled primarily so the Moore and Wofford families could meet in person. Having established a great relationship through Facebook and fantasy football, Stephen and Brian had not seen each other since Stephen was baptized at six weeks old. None of the Moore family had met any of the Wofford boys. Mike and Judy had not seen Brian and Colleen since their wedding day.
9: CLEVELAND | Zoo | MetroParks
10: CLASSIC STADIUM The Lake County Captains are a minor league baseball team in Eastlake, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. The team, a Class A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, plays in the Midwest League. This game provided all the fireworks of a Northern Ohio summer as a powerful thunderstorm swept over the stadium in the middle of the game, Captain interns trying to hold down the tarp on the infield were tossed across the field and rained out athletes made use of the tarp as an epic slip-and-slide!
12: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame | The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. is the nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its educational programs.
15: B.A. SWEETIES ...started back in 1950 as Bag-A-Sweet Candy located on Brookpark Road in Parma, Ohio. Started by Albert Tokar and his brother-in-law Frank Stasny, Bag-A-Sweet was primarily a re-bagger of bulk candy which was sold to local grocery, convenient, and drug stores. Today it has 14,000 sq. ft, and is the largest candy wholesaler in the USA.
17: ASHTABULA, OHIO is located on Lake Erie's coastline about an hour between Cleveland, Ohio and Erie, Pennsylvania. The name, Ashtabula, is the softening of an Algonquin Indian term originally pronounced "Hush-tah-buh-lah", which signified our Ashtabula River as "River of many fish. The Ashtabula Lift bridge (also know as the West Fifth Street bridge) is a Strauss bascule bridge that spans the Ashtabula River in the harbor of Ashtabula, Ohio. Built in 1925, it is one of only two of its type that remain in service in the state of Ohio. In 1985, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was restore in 1986 and was repaired and repainted in 2009. The Ashtabula harbor is home to multiple charter services that fish Lake Erie primarily for walleye, steelhead and perch.
18: Walleye fishing | LAKE ERIE
19: Nathan's Big Catch! With a little help from April, Nathan reeled in the biggest catch of the day with a very tasty Walleye that was nearly as big as he was!
21: Cleveland was the first settlement founded in the Connecticut Western Reserve by the Connecticut Land Company. It was named after General Moses Cleaveland, an investor in the company who led the survey of its land within the Western Reserve. The town was located along the eastern bank of the Cuyahoga River. Because of a spelling error on the original map, the community has always been spelled Cleveland instead of Cleaveland.
22: Great Lakes Science Center is one of the nation’s leading science and technology centers and home to Northeast Ohio’s NASA Glenn Visitor Center. It features hundreds of hands-on exhibits, themed traveling exhibitions, daily demonstrations, the awe-inspiring OMNIMAX® Theater and the Steamship William G. Mather. The GLSC Mission is to engage visitors through fun, interactive experiences to stimulate curiosity about and encourage understanding of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. | GREAT LAKES SCIENCE CENTER
24: CEDAR POINT Cedar Point is a 364-acre amusement park located on a Lake Erie peninsula in Sandusky, Ohio. Opened in 1870, it is the second-oldest operating amusement park in the United States. Known as "America's Roller Coast," Cedar Point features a world-record 72 rides, including 15 roller coasters making it the park with the third-most roller coasters in the world. It is the only amusement park in the world with four roller coasters taller than 200 feet (61 m) – Magnum XL-200, Millennium Force, Wicked Twister, and Top Thrill Dragster – and is the only park with roller coasters in all four height classifications. Cedar Point has also received the Golden Ticket Award for "Best Amusement Park in the World" from Amusement Today for the past 15 years.
26: Consistently ranked among the top three coasters in the world THE MILLENNIUM FORCE did not disappoint! It is a 310 foot, 93 MPH record-breaking monster of a thrill ride. The first hill features an elevator cable lift system to get you to the top faster, then it’s an 80-degree drop to start the coaster ride of your life!
27: The TOP THRILL DRAGSTER got high marks from Stephen and Judy. A magnetic induction coaster, it boasts zero to 120 MPH in less than 4 seconds. A few seconds later, you’re 420 feet in the air. From a standing start you’re launched forward, then straight up, then straight down and back to the finish line. The ride may be over in 17 seconds, but it’ll stay with you forever.