|Mike's home is just wonderful. He has turned an old grocery store into his workshop and living space.|
|Mike is a magnificent wood worker and runs his own business in Dayton|
|He even built an impromptu stage for the band he hired for the party.|
We left early Saturday morning to get to Dayton before the weather was turning to snow, ugh. We stopped at Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum. I know it may seem odd to visit a random Cemetery, but this one is just magnificent. The Wright Brothers burial site is there and the whole cemetery is located on the top of a hill overlooking downtown Dayton. The views were just wonderful.
|The view of downtown Dayton from Woodland Cemetery was just gorgeous|
|The Wright Brothers burial plot|
|There is beauty even in sad places. The sun shining through a crypt|
|The mausoleums here were magnificent.|
"Charlie's Deli & Catering stands alone as Dayton's oldest and most popular delicatessen. Our signature sandwiches and specialty ingredients have earned us The Dayton Daily News People's Choice Award for Best Deli and Ledbelly Boys Best Sandwich Shop"
After enjoying a great lunch at Charlies we headed over to the Dorothy Lane Market. We walked in the door of this place and the first word out of my mouth was WOW! This place is a market on steroids. I have seriously never seen such a selection of everything! We spent some time walking around and picked up something sweet from the bakery. Definitely another fun place to stop at in the Dayton area.
|Yes we bought something from this case.|
After our visit to the market we headed over to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. We had reserved a room there for the night. It pays to be married to a retired military man. Great rates on a two room suite.
The next morning we arose early and yes there was snow on the truck. Not a lot, but enough to see it and the temperatures were now back to what a normal November day would be. So long warmer days, hello winter. We stopped for some breakfast and then headed our way to Springfield. I had read on Trip Advisor about a home there that had this massive display of stone art that a Mr. Hartman had built starting in 1932. Below is an excerpt from the website at http://hartmanrockgarden.org
The Hartman Rock Garden is one of the nation’s most intriguing and revered works of in situ folk art, an outsider art phenomena where self-taught artists construct fascinating worlds out of concrete, metal, stone, and whatever else they can find.
It's located at 1905 Russell Avenue, Springfield, OH. It is absolutely worth the stop if you are into seeing quirky things. Below are some photos I took of the place. It is open 365 days a year, from dawn to dusk and is free. Don't be scared away by the fact it is in someone's back yard. It truly is open to anyone. Needless to say when we were there the flowers were all gone, but after seeing photos that were taken in the summer I would say that would be the best time to go for a visit.
So our trip to Dayton was a successful one. We have been there many times seeing that we have family there and have visited all the major sites like the Air Force Museum and Carillon Historical Park, but these are some of the other places that folks might not normally stop at. Enjoy!