If you all think this is a bad idea, or you don't think others would care, or it's being done elsewhere on the forum, please let me know. However, I've seen where others have mentioned their posts about trips to other places and thought maybe it would be a nice idea for a non-Aruba destination trip-report. I'd love to hear of other destinations like other islands or esp. Europe! And, learn a little more about families.
I haven't gone anywhere exciting since my Aruba trip, but here is a small trip report from my last jaunt that due to family schedules will be the extent of our summer "vacation".
July 8-13; Columbus, Ohio. We traveled by car for the 3 hour trip to Columbus. Our son had freshman orientation for Ohio State on Thursday and Friday. My son and I left Wednesday night and found our way to the Holiday Inn Downtown, after navigating the one way roads. On Thursday, we made our way to the big campus. We found the dorm he will be living in and went through 2 days of learning about OSU. I have no pics of the food we were given during orientation. It was good, but definitely not Aruba good. Dinner for the boys (he had friends there as well) was at a chicken place called Raising Canes. The adults hit a place called Wine Bistro for, yes, wine and appetizers, which were very good. In the evening my son attended a "summer session" for those students wishing to try-out for the marching band. If anyone knows anything about OSU, the band is a BIG thing, and our son has been weekly making the 3 hour there and back trip to Columbus to attend these sessions. He is very motivated to make the band. Sometimes he takes a friend if he's driving back at 9:30, or sometimes he stays with a friend and drives back the next morning. I've even gone with him there and back in the evening. I'm really hoping he makes the band as they are traveling to London to perform at the NFL game there on Oct. 25th!!
On Friday evening my son and I ate at Eddie George's Grille 27. It has a nice atmosphere with many tv screens around the place showing sports related channels. My son had a burger, I had some boneless BBQ flavored wings. Our side dish was Mac & Cheese and it was awesome; flavored with bacon and three types of cheese. I will definitely go back. I'm learning my way around the university, High Street and can find his dorm with ease. I hope to go to a football game this fall, but I hear those tickets are hard to come by and very expensive.
My DH and DD drove down Saturday morning, and we all met at the Columbus Zoo. Since this will be our only summer "vacation" haha, I was on the internet Friday trying to determine what to do. As we were walking up to the zoo with my 18 and 20 year old, we saw that they had a water park. None of us remembered seeing anything on their website about a water park (it's there, you just gotta look for it). We would have enjoyed that more than the zoo, but no one brought their swimsuits. It was a warm day and the animals were all sleeping in the shade. The only ones active were the giraffes and monkeys. I love tigers and this zoo has Amur Tigers, which are the largest in the world. I did learn something on this little trip; tigers are much more endangered than I believed. There are different levels of endangered status, and they are the most critical level, especially the Amur Tiger and less than 400 still exist.
We had dinner at Cheesecake Factory at a place called Easton Town Center. It is a huge shopping, dining complex. The food was great; we all had our same meals we usually get at a Cheesecake Factory. The favorite is fried mac and cheese (again with the mac and cheese). Back to the hotel to swim, but my family was pooped out from walking around in the heat and the pool closed 1/2 hour after we hit our room. Everyone got out their electronics, and we ate our cheesecake we brought back.
On Sunday morning DH, DD and I headed home, leaving our son to attend a band clinic on Sunday and Monday. Luckily, his high school friend, who will be his college roommate was headed to Columbus for his orientation on Monday/Tuesday. He stayed with them at their hotel. Tonight he will stay for another band "summer session", stay overnight and drive home in the morning. I hate him driving 3 hours himself, but like I said, he is really wanting this band thing, and I have to accept he is growing up. I'd rather have him drive the next morning than starting out at 9:30 at night.
What a wonderful trip report to my home town Columbus, Ohio. You made some great choices of dining and other sites to see. I do hope your son is able to make the cut for the band. What a golden opportunity. It is a top notch school. So glad you enjoyed your few days here.
I think this is a nice thread to have. I would not have traveled to Aruba if it were not from information from another forum for Las Vegas with this same kind of topic. One of the posts was from a lady who is a timeshare owner of two properties in Aruba and gave me very valuable information to start planning.