2012 Summer Vacation, Day 1

We began this year’s vacation, by retrieving Sam.  She had spent the previous week camping in Sandusky at the KOA with her friend Emma and Emma’s family.  We got on the road Saturday heading West.  They got on the road Saturday heading East.  We met just off the Pennsylvania Turnpike near the Ohio border.

Picking up Sam the Gypsy
Picking up Sam the Gypsy

After picking up Sam, we continued Westward to Cleveland.  We stopped there to see the house where much of the shooting of A Christmas Story was filmed.  A fan of the movie bought the house on Ebay and restored it.  He also bought the house across the street and turned it into a museum.

Tom and me at the "Christmas Story House"
Tom and me at the "Christmas Story House"

He’s collected a couple of neat artifacts.  He’s also produce a pretty nice video.

Tommy in the bunny suit
Tommy in the bunny suit

Some of the items are not from the movie.  For instance, the leg lamp from the movie was thrown away after they broke it for that scene in the movie.  He has done a nice job of collecting like items, however.

Daddy is going to kill Ralphie!
Daddy is going to kill Ralphie!

He’s also done a really nice job restoring the kitchen and bathroom.

No THAT is a handsome family
Now THAT is a handsome family

We all enjoyed the visit.  I’m not sure that I’d make it a destination, but if you’re passing through the area, it’s well worth a stop for 90 minutes or so.

Our hotel in Sandusky
Our hotel in Sandusky

After visiting the Christmas Story house, we continued to Sandusky.  As is our SOP, we stayed in a mom and pop hotel on the outskirts of town.  It was quaint and clean.  We also had time for a little putt-putt golf before hitting the sack.

Tom and Sam seriously studying an important shot
Tom and Sam seriously studying an important shot