USS North Carolina Battleship

USS North Carolina Battleship

As I said before when I posted about our trip to Fort Macon State Park, I love history and love visiting historical marks whenever possible, wherever I am.

USS North Carolina Battleship is no exception, and I was lucky enough to be able to take the kids with us and watch them learn and experience the history firsthand.

Moored in quiet dignity and majesty the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA, across the river from downtown Wilmington, beckons visitors to walk her decks. Envision the daily life and fierce combat her crew faced in the Pacific Theatre during World War II.

From all across our Nation they came, young men who had grown up in the crucible of the Great Depression and now determined to serve their Country in its time of need. These are the men whose stories you will encounter through their oral histories, photographs, and mementos as you experience the Ship and the exhibits.

Battleship North Carolina

This is a self-guided tour, which is perfect for those that wish to take in everything this historical monument has to offer. It’s recommended to set aside 2 hours for this, but I believe we were there for just over 3 hours, and I still feel like we rushed it.

There is a fee for this, so be sure to check the website for the latest information. It’s fairly inexpensive though.

The kids did enjoy this and I’m sure they wouldn’t mind going back sometime in the future.

I still find North Carolina history more fascinating that Ohio history, but I’m probably biased due to being raised in the south.

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Ned Skeldon Stadium

Ned Skeldon Stadium

Once a racetrack for the Lucas County fairgrounds, Ned Skeldon Stadium originally opened as Lucas County Stadium to bring the Mud Hens baseball team back to life.

For 37 seasons (1965 – 2001), Ned Skeldon Stadium was home of the Toledo Mud Hens minor league baseball team, based in Maumee, Ohio. The Mud Hens are part of the International League and are affiliated with the Detroit Tigers.

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Marblehead Lighthouse State Park

Marblehead Lighthouse State Park
Earlier this Spring, the wife and I took the kids out to Marblehead Lighthouse State Park in Marblehead, OH when the weather was somewhat nice.

Honestly, it couldn’t have been a better day; unless, of course, the temps were a little warmer than 55°F. It didn’t help that the cool air from Lake Erie was gently blowing, but that didn’t stop me from getting a few pics before we left.

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Nara Dreamland

Nara Dreamland

Nara Dreamland is an abandoned theme park near Nara, Japan, inspired by Disneyland in California. It opened in 1961 and closed on August 31, 2006. The park was left abandoned.

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There’s a handful of abandoned amusement parks here in Ohio alone that I’ve yet to explore. Though I’m sure they aren’t as intriguing as Nara Dreamland in Japan.

From what I read online, this park was supposed to be Disneyland of Japan when it opened, but negotiations fell through when it came time for licensing terms with Walt Disney himself.

Due to declining ticket sales, the park eventually closed in 2006 and was abandoned.

Definitely check out the post Nara Dreamland: Bizarro Disneyland – Nightmare Edition to see more fascinating images.

Image credit: Tom Brickner

 


Currently

currently

Hey look at that! It’s April already. Holy crap this year is flying by faster than I care for it to be, but that’s just me.

With that said, currently I’ve been working on some back-end stuff for the site, as well as merging posts from my Lost in Ohio site to this one. It just makes sense to keep it all under one roof. Or one website. Whatever.

Of course, the theme has been changed to Twenty Sixteen. For some reason, I really like the look and functionality of it. Plus being free doesn’t hurt, either.

Lastly, posting. I swear I need to kick my own ass to get in gear. Luckily, I have a few new posts in progress and once I finish moving posts from the other site over, I’ll have them ready to go.