June 2013 Issue
Editor's Note: Road Hazards
Every family has stories about travel gone awry: vehicle malfunctions, inclement weather and — especially in the days before GPS — getting hopelessly lost.
The Ohio Magazine
family is no different. Our editors and contributors do their share of traveling, and as a result they have had their share of misadventures.
Last year, on a trip to the Nelsonville Music Festival, Art Director Lesley Blake stopped at the side of the road in the Wayne National Forest to take a picture of herself in front of the welcome sign, then continued on her way. Not until reaching her hotel did she remember she had placed her wallet on the hood of her car to help balance the camera while taking the photo. She never found the wallet; she did, however, find a friendly and helpful banker in Logan who helped her access her account.
Ironically, it was in Logan that Associate Editor Ilona Westfall’s car was totaled (thankfully, she was unhurt) while on a press trip to learn more about the Hocking Hills. On her way to a restaurant, she stopped at a light, but the driver behind her didn’t. He plowed into her silver Pontiac Sunfire, rendering it not worth the cost of repair. She replaced it with a bright yellow — thus, very visible — Pontiac G5.
One of our freelancers has had the bad luck of breaking her ankle while on a house tour in Columbus’ Victorian Village for one of our home and garden articles, and having her work bag snatched while putting coins in a Cleveland parking meter. Of course, the bag contained the recorder she had just used for an Ohio Magazine
But it was contributing editor Jessica Esemplare who nearly caused an international incident while researching one of our “Borderland” stories in Detroit. She was driving through the Motor City when her GPS “went haywire,” she recalls. By the time she realized she was at the Canadian border it was too late to turn around. Since she had no passport, she was escorted by Homeland Security into Canada where her car was searched and she was detained briefly before being escorted back to the States.
Despite these setbacks, our editors still look forward to traveling around the state and discovering new things about Ohio to share with readers. For this issue, Contributing Editor Jill Sell set out to find budget- and family-friendly summer vacation ideas (see page 66). Among her finds are farm stays and camping at music festivals and auto-racing venues. This month, you’ll also find travel tips for the Lake Erie Islands region and Dayton.
We hope you’ll find this issue a helpful resource for planning a relaxing, enjoyable and eventful — in a good way — summer vacation.