Viva Lake Erie Shores and Islands: An Instagram Session.

By Posted in - Featured Post & Ohio on November 15th, 2012

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The dock at Kelleys Island in Ohio.

Just another beautiful sunset at Kelleys Island.

In my life, I must have been to Sandusky, Ohio, at least half a dozen times. Mostly my time was spent at one of the world’s great amusement parks, Cedar Point. At that time, the Magnum roller coaster was king, in part because of its huge, steep hill that gives you a phenomenal view of Lake Erie. For as many times as I rode that coaster, I can honestly say I had no idea that there was life beyond the seemingly wave less shore. Boy was I wrong!

There’s just not life out there on Lake Erie, which is named after the Erie tribe of Native Americans who lived along its southern shore. there is a whole culture, a renaissance of sorts, brewing on the islands and shores of Lake Erie. There’s a reason it’s nicknamed the Midwest Keywest But the lakes region goes well beyond the good times of island life, this section of the United States is also full of ecological wonders, like glacial groves on Kelley’s
Island, that when put into historical magnitude rival any of Cedar Point’s behemoth coasters.

Since Beth and I are not students of science, we teamed up with Stacy Carpenter, a wetland scientist who owns and operates Blue Lion Training, to help introduce us to some of the unique environmental details of the Lake Erie Shores and Islands region to bring you a look at what makes this Great Lake so special. With her help as well as regional expert, Ryan Whaley, of Green Door Mediaworks, we embarked on a three day late summer adventure to unearth two of America’s greatest hidden gems: downtown Sandusky and the Lake Erie Shores and Islands.

To get things rolling with our upcoming series on our visit to northern Ohio, Beth and I put together a smattering of our favorite Instagram photos from the trip to give you a little taste of why visiting downtown Sandusky and the shores and islands of Lake Erie should be on your list of must-see destinations in 2013.

A winery tour in Sandusky, Ohio.

Who needs Napa and Sonoma, when you got Sandusky!

Glad to see downtown Sandusky’s State Theater is still going strong.

Wildflowers in bloom near the shore of Lake Erie.

The flowers of Sheldon’s Marsh in Sandusky, Ohio, which hugs the Lake Erie shoreline.

People walking in the woods near Lake Erie, Ohio.

A fish from Lake Erie in Ohio.

Lake Erie’s wildlife comes in all shapes and sizes.

A picture of Perry's monument on Put-in-Bay, Ohio.

Ladies and Gentleman, I give you the towering masterpiece that is Perry’s Victory and International Peace Monument.

A strawberry infused with alcohol and topped with whip cream.

Will the real strawberry shot stand up! Bag the Moon bar on Kelleys Island in Lake has mastered the art of fusing alcohol, strawberries and whip cream into one of the most delicious shots in the world.

Wine and cheese in Sandusky, Ohio.

There’s more to Sandusky than meets the eye. The burgeoning wine scene is fantastic and a wine tasting tour is a must.

The landscaped clock in Sandusky.

Does anybody really know what time it is? Sandusky does! The city takes some serious pride in keeping its green spaces beautiful.

A beer drinking journalist on a boat on Lake Erie.

Cheers! Big thanks to Mr. Whaley, Ms. Carpenter, the Lake Erie Shore and Islands, and downtown Sandusky, you guys are the best!

In addition to being our eco-expert on our adventure through Lake Erie and Sandusky, Stacy also put together a few amazing posts about our time in Ohio own on the Blue Lion Training blog, all of which you can find below:

Ohio EcoAdventure: Transported to Island Time on Put-in-Bay

Ohio EcoAdventures: A Carousel of Dreams

Beers, Beans and Blue…Teaming Up with Beers & Beans Travel Company To Explore Ohio!

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  • Molly -

    November 15, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Just wanted to point out that your view from the top of Perry’s Monument is not correct. I don’t think the entire Put-in-Bay Island is even that large, and there are definitely not any huge beach side resorts on the island.

    I think you got your photos mixed up from a trip before or after Ohio.


  • Molly -

    November 16, 2012 at 6:05 am

    What I forgot to mention last time I commented…

    Hey there! I love this site! I just happened across it on one of the other blogs I follow.

    I lived five minutes from Sandusky for my first 25 years, my family even had a house on Kelley’s Island, so these photos are like home to me. It is actually amazing seeing home through the eyes of a world traveler. You did a great job showing off the Lake Erie Island region. I’m glad I came across your blog the day that I did.

    I look forward to reading about all your other adventures and places you’ll visit!

    • Randy -

      November 18, 2012 at 11:26 pm

      @Molly, Thanks so much for the kind words! The area is such an amazing place with so much to offer, I’m really glad that I was able to have a second look at Sandusky and the Lake Erie Shores and Islands.

      Also, thanks for pointing out the photo with the wrong caption. I had put it up with out looking at closely, assuming it was from the tower. But it definitely wasn’t. It turns out the photo is an aerial view of Lake Erie taken during our flight in.

  • Dariece – Goats On The Road -

    November 18, 2012 at 6:12 am

    mmmm, the wine & cheese and the strawberry with whip cream looks amazing. Great shots. It seems like the Instagram photos are the “in” thing..maybe we’ll have to start looking into that!

    Goats On The Road

    • Randy -

      December 9, 2012 at 6:41 pm

      @Dariece – Goats On The Road, Yes, it was quite the trifecta of deliciousness! 🙂 If you guys aren’t on Instagram yet, then I definitely recommend setting up an account. Not only is it a fun social network to show off your travel photos, it also makes updating to Facebook and Twitter really easy.

  • Kara -

    November 22, 2012 at 7:38 am

    Thanks for bringing attention to Ohio’s hidden gems. Nothing beats a boat ride to Put-in-Bay, golf cart rides around the island and Ohio wine!

    • Randy -

      December 9, 2012 at 6:45 pm

      @Kara, No problem, it was our pleasure! 🙂 I look forward to spending some more time in the region next summer. Heck, I think it would be fantastic in the winter too.