Tow, Tow, Tow Your Boat

Alan came up with this title for a Cuyahoga Valley National Park Post but I didn’t think I should steal his ideas. He has since given me permission to use it so here goes the second post about our stay in Ohio – although the title really works better with the pictures from the canal and the National Park. To do everything in the area, we ended up camping for a whole week at the Cleveland SE KOA in Streetsboro. It was a fine campground – very clean and the surrounding community was gorgeous.

We took one day to drive into Cleveland. First stop was the house from A Christmas Story. You would not believe how many other people were also crazy enough to spend real money to see this house! They have restored the house to look like the movie set. In case you are a big fan and need to know these things, only the exterior scenes were filmed at the house. The rest of the movie was filmed on a sound stage in Canada. You can touch anything you want in the house or even hide under the sink. They have a separate museum with authentic movie memorabilia and of course, a gift shop where you can buy your very own leg lamp. 

The story goes that some guy received a leg lamp from his parents to cheer him up when it turned out his eyesight would keep home from being a pilot in the Navy. He decides to start selling them and he sells a lot since it turns out there are a lot of fans of the movie. Sometime later, the house from A Christmas Story shows up on eBay. Navy guy pays a lot of money in a bidding war but gets the house. It is a disaster having been used by a motorcycle club that used the living room to fix the bikes. He spends a lot more money to fix it up to look like the movie. Navy guy cuts a deal with the movie studio to sell merchandise along the way. Navy guys makes all his money back in the first month from all the other crazy movie fans. End of (A Christmas) story. 

We stopped at the second most popular (just kidding) tourist attraction in Cleveland – the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I hadn’t been that excited about this stop but it ended up being a lot more of a museum than I expected and the history/early influencers was very interesting. We also spent some time watching U2 in 3D in the big theater. They also have an excellent “snack bar”/cafe. We were starving when we arrived and had been considering walking a couple of blocks to find some food. We were very pleasantly surprised with our options from some big name chefs. 

Before we left Akron and headed to the Airstream Factory, we stopped at the Airship Port where they used to keep the Goodyear blimp. So, here you have an Airstream at an Airdock in Akron. And, yes, it is that big. 

Next stop: Airstream Factory and then Brown County State Park


2 thoughts on “Tow, Tow, Tow Your Boat

  1. I love the hanger, bridge, and especially the canal with tow path! I love the photos! Somewhere I have a picture of the blimp America as it cruised over Houston in 1991 before it relocated to Akron. I had to read to get the correct date it left. I was home in our apartment near the Galleria when I heard the familiar drone of the engines. When I was growing up in CA Bay Area the blimps came often for SF football games so I knew the sound! I’m so glad you are getting to se these wonderful sights!

  2. Wait, I forgot my lamp comment! We lived in a tiny town in WA, Goldendale, and a house where you never saw anybody there had one of these lamps in the window. It was always lit up at night! Goldendale is famous for Maryhill Loops, the first paved road which longboard skaters used for a tournament. Maryhill Winery makes excellent wine and there is a wonder full museum, Maryhill Museum of Art.

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