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.


20 Year Difference

Legend of Zelda cartridges

On the left is The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX for Gameboy/Gameboy Color. On the right is The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for Nintendo Switch.

Link’s Awakening weighs in around 1MB(!) and Breath of the Wild weighs in at roughly 13GB(!).

It’s amazing how technology has advanced in the almost 20 years since both games were released from each other, resulting in smaller cartridges being able to hold much, much more data.

I don’t have my original Legend of Zelda cartridge to compare, but at least the Gameboy cartridge helps bring some insight for this comparison.


Fort Macon State Park

Fort Macon State Park

I think I’m one of the few people who spends my vacation going to historical sites, especially if I’ve visited them before. Growing up in eastern North Carolina, I was able to visit a lot of colonial and Civil War-era sites, and so I’ve always been fascinated with those time periods.

It’s no surprise then, that our small vacation a few years ago resulted in us visiting Fort Macon State Park, located along the coast of North Carolina.

Fort Macon State Park has multiple personalities as the site of a perfectly restored Civil War-era fort, a museum-quality coastal education center and an unspoiled shoreline for swimming, surf fishing and beachcombing. Nearly surrounded by water at the eastern tip of Bogue Banks, the park offers undisturbed natural beauty and opportunities to explore and learn about salt marshes, estuaries and dune fields. The fort—once a project of Robert E. Lee as a young army engineer—has a history as intricate and unique as the ecosystem. Cannon and musket demonstrations and guided tours are regular features, complementing extensive exhibits indoors and out. A bathhouse and handicapped-accessible beachside areas complete the recreational fare.

North Carolina State Parks

We visited the fort around 9am on a Saturday, where there wasn’t anyone else and we could take our time without being interrupted or feel rushed. The air was cool but with the sun out, it felt much warmer than it really was.

There isn’t too much to the fort in terms of ‘hours of entertainment’, but the history behind it is fascinating and well worth the visit. The view of the ocean isn’t bad, either. I definitely recommend checking it out if you’re ever down that way.

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