Final Day Ohio... Lake Erie and We Are Going To DIE.....

by Russell Smith June. 23, 2019 331 views

Last week we went on a week long road trip for my daughters birthday present. It was almost a month early for her birthday but it was the best time to fit in a road trip. I am going to start at the end and work my way back . In part due to the fact I need to finish the roll of film and I need to process the few images I took on the digital camera. Friday we had what ended up being a 16 hour trip back from Ohio . Traffic, detours to get around traffic, stops to stretch, and what not. When we were 1/4 mile from the house we had our final detour thanks to a Hollywood film house filming right down the road from our house. NO TRAFFIC so we had to turn around and go 20 min back around to get to another way into our neighborhood. At 0200 in the morning I was less than impressed and just short of irate. With Traffic the way that it was I was not able to grab any road shots.

Now back to Thursday.

Rain was the word of the day. Cell Phone was the camera of the day so this days images are little more than snapshots. We decided to take "back roads" to Lake Erie and what should have been a 2:30 trip up took a bit over 3 hours.

This train was responsible for the extra 30 min. It was just parked on the tracks so after about 20 min a nice gentleman told and showed us how to get around the train so we could make forward progress.

Once we got up to the lake we were amazed at how much extra water was in it. Full up to the edges of the banks in most parts of the lake. We had planned to take a ferry out to one of the islands called Put-In-Bay and explore the island for several hours then return back to the town we were staying in.

We ended up taking the ride out and then back in due to the rain and the lack of desire to tempt something like Pneumonia . The ride out it was a heavy misty rain on the way back the rain subsided for most of the ride but visibility was limited to a mile at best at worse maybe 600 meters .

On our way back the rain was no longer a solid band of rain it was intermittent. When we were about 20miles from our room we had a mid sized truck T-Bone the rental car. A road crossed the one we were on which was 2 lanes each direction and when he was in the median area we realized he wasnt stopping . He hit us in the drivers rear door wheel area. Right where my daughter was sitting and sleeping previous to the impact. We preceded to spin somehow staying in our lane, thankfully or we would have bounced off the semi that was now beside us. He was trying to get stopped . Once we got stopped we were able to get the car off the road so we did not get rear ended by another idiot . According to the tow truck driver he did not see how there were not serious injuries and how we got the car off the road because it should not have moved due to the rear axle being broke for both wheels. My daughter did go to the hospital to make sure what appeared to be whiplash was nothing more than that. Fortunately it was not. This was a case that any minor changes to the variables that occurred in the crash would have been catastrophic to include a dry road. You see our rental was suppose to be a mid sized SUV but the rental company did not have one so we got a similar sized car. This is where the variables started. My answer to the change was there is a reason and while we may not like it we do not know the reason.

Because I went to the hospital with my daughter I did not think to grab a shot of the damage to the car prior to arriving at the hospital but look at a Chrysler 300 The rear door and wheel area is what was hit. The truck was a Ford F-250. While in the hospital I joked with my daughter if it had been anything other than a ford we would have been screwed. The nurse started to give me a wtf look before my daughter laughed at it and then she realized I was joking. Life is too short to not enjoy humor even when things go sideways.

Yesterday after getting groceries for the week and the cats from the vets where we had the boarded. We relaxed for a while. Then I cooked dinner.

This is what I saw outside and I was like F**** It I am going to enjoy dinner and if the weather gets nasty I am going to still enjoy dinner but if a tornado comes through it would be the kicker for the end of the vacation. After dinner was consumed I looked outside and saw an orange glow. I went outside and saw the most electric orange glow that I have seen in ages. The photo does not do the color justice because it was even more saturated than this photo.

Few moments later it changed to this and kept changed from orange to purple. It was a treat to watch . Stay tuned for the rest of the trip . Working backwards and maybe skipping around depending on how soon I finish the roll of film .

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Lee Santiva 2 years, 1 month ago

Wow. What a trip. Sounds like You need a vacation from your vacation. I’m glad no one was seriously injured and thanks for the photos, the electric orange is amazing.

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Russell Smith Replied to Lee Santiva 2 years, 1 month ago

I just wish I could have captured a bit more realsitic color as to what I was seeing because in real life the sky was about 80% more saturated . It was crazy

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Camellia Staab 2 years, 1 month ago

Wow! What an experience. Glad to hear no one was injured. Some trip! Photo#6 is basically how the weather has been around here for the past.....umm, can't remember how long, it's been so long. Of course today it's no better. The rain gods are definitely having a feast smile

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Russell Smith Replied to Camellia Staab 2 years, 1 month ago

Honestly outside of the extra flooding up there the rains reminded me of how much of last spring-fall was here. We have alot of swamps and river basins for the water to drain into but the soil was like walking on a wet sponge.

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Camellia Staab Replied to Russell Smith 2 years, 1 month ago

I know Russ. There is so much water in the ground, my basement has water, not because it is leaking but because the water has no place to go even with a sump pump running full time. I think we are getting close to recreating Noah's Ark.

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Heike 2 years, 1 month ago

Not the kind of vacation I envy you for...What a luck that nobody was seriously injured. The sky in #7 + #8 is phenomenal!

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Russell Smith Replied to Heike 2 years, 1 month ago

It was memorable to say the least and we were rather lucky.

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Antonio Gil 2 years, 1 month ago

So good to know nothing happened to you and your family my friend.

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Russell Smith Replied to Antonio Gil 2 years, 1 month ago

Thank you.

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David Swatton 2 years, 1 month ago

Some road trip! We are doing one in northern Spain in September for 3 weeks... hoping for less traffic "adventures" than you encountered!

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Russell Smith Replied to David Swatton 2 years, 1 month ago

I hope you enjoy your trip and the traffic is less adverntures.

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Jolien Dekens 2 years, 1 month ago

That car crash sounds really scary! I am happy that you all got away without too much injuries. And I hope your daughter heals fast from her whiplash, they can be quite painful persevere 

The two last photos are very fascinating, I've never seen a sky like that before!

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Russell Smith Replied to Jolien Dekens 2 years, 1 month ago

The sky was insane. She is healing nicely right now and while sore she is not as sore as I figured she would be

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Jay Boggess 2 years, 1 month ago

Thank The Lord no one was seriously hurt in the car crash! Nice camera/phone work! I love road trips! We never know what will be around the corner or over the next hill.....right? That's what keeps me curious and entertained!

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Russell Smith Replied to Jay Boggess 2 years, 1 month ago

Thank you I do rather love a good road trip /

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Jay Boggess Replied to Russell Smith 2 years, 1 month ago

I think I could sleep in a different place every night, as long as I could decide the itinerary!

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Russell Smith Replied to Jay Boggess 2 years, 1 month ago

I think I could do that if I could skip hotels for about 50% of the time.

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