Things are getting slowly better around the area, but with summer vacation nearly here many a reader still won't be able to afford to take a serious or even semi-serious vacation this year. Or will they?
There's one vacation they can take that can be lots of fun, close to home or farther away, offer plenty of outdoor recreation and cost little. That's a camping trip that can last a couple of days or a week or more and take place at campgrounds, public or private, (or elsewhere) anywhere in the state. There are several ways to make such a trip.
Once upon a time a couple of friends and I drove down to Ohio Power lands, shouldered backpacks that consisted of a light little one man tent, sleeping bag, a few cooking utensils, two gallons of water, and fishing gear, and hiked far back to an isolated little lake where we set up camp. We spent three days loafing, fishing and eating our catch, swimming and sleeping late in a near wilderness environment. It was great, and cost us almost nothing.
You could do the same and if not Ohio Power or elsewhere, try setting up a little camp along a friend's well stocked farm pond. Again, you can swim and fish, hike around the area, maybe do a little frogging in season or groundhog hunting, and wake up each morning to the smell of wood smoke and fresh coffee, bird song and wind rustling trees nearby. Kids would love this, and if the family is along and tires of it all, just take them home.