Sunday, May 24, 2015

Ultimate Beer Run Recap

Photos by OHventures

Peanut butter & jelly. Milk & cookies. Running & beer?!

It may not be a traditional pairing or a match made in heaven, but combining running with beer is definitely a recipe for a good (albeit interesting) time. These are two of my favorite things, so if you throw them together like in the Ultimate Beer Run on May 9 in Columbus, I certainly find it hard to resist.


Team OHventures (Me, Matt, Megan, Matt #2, Jess, Megan #2, & Jim) united in our green & gray OHventures t-shirts, party beads, and oversized neon sunglasses to tackle the challenge of the Ultimate Beer Run head on! The Ultimate Beer Run isn't about who is the fastest or the fittest. It's about good people, good fun, and tons of good costumes! 


Our "costumes" were extremely tame compared to the legions of participants clad in elaborate Avengers get-ups an other hilarious outfits like Wayne & Garth from "Wayne's World" (above) - or my absolute favorite, Indiana Jones being chased by the "boulder" (below)!


The concept was quite a doozy: run a total of 2 miles while stopping to drink a total of 40 ounces of craft beer from local Ohio breweries. Needless to say, this race was not a competitive timed event, but we did have the traditional running bibs to make it seem official. The Ultimate Beer Run Columbus took place at its home base of the Land Grant Brewing Company located in the up-and-coming revival neighborhood of Franklinton in West Columbus. 


Tents were situated outside for each of the breweries: Jackie O's Brewery from Athens, MadTree Brewing Company from Cincinnati, Fat Head's Brewery in North Olmstead, and of course our host, the Land Grant Brewing Company from Columbus! Each runner was given 3 beer tickets and a beer token.



All runners lined up on the street, and at the sound of the horn, we ran around a small loop course (approximately 2/3 mile by my estimations) that brought us right back to where we started. When we got back to Land Grant, we turned in our drink ticket to any one of the 4 brewery tents so we could receive a 10 ounce beer of our choice!


There was no need to chug the beer, so we took our times, enjoyed the brew, then went back around the loop to repeat the whole process. We did this - drinking a beer and running a lap - repeatedly until we were out of tickets! It was a gorgeous 85-degree May day in Columbus, and the race started at 12 noon (when it was the hottest temperature of the day). So, the heat combined with the beer and the running made it very important to also hydrate with water in between runs!


It was definitely a challenge bouncing up and down the roads of C-Bus with frothy brew sloshing around my stomach. But my mind was taken off of any discomfort thanks to all of the great scenery and hilarious costumes that kept me and my teammates cracking up and enjoying ourselves!


After our final lap, it was time to turn in our UBR chip to get our giant mugs of beer! By now, it was only 1PM, so the party was just getting started, with a costume contest, dance-off, and of course a ton of brew. If you want to take part in the Ultimate Beer Run, check out its website to see when it will be stumbling into your town! There are UBRs in Cleveland and Cincinnati, as well as many other cities outside of Ohio (Nashville, Indianapolis, and St. Louis to name a few!).

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Free Put-In-Bay Ferry Rides For Active Duty & Veterans

Sparklers on the Lake Erie shore of Put-In-Bay. Photos by OHventures.

Miller Ferry Offers Free Tickets for Active Military & American Veterans During Memorial Day Ceremonies at Put-in-Bay
  • Active U.S. Military and American Veterans get free passage on Miller Ferry to Put-in-Bay Saturday, May 23 thru Monday, May 25. 
  • Permanent Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial plaque to be dedicated by international team.
  • Tall Ship Brig Niagara will offer deck tours.
  • Gala showcasing new Battle of Lake Erie movie to be held at Niagara Conference Center.Miller Ferry is offering free tickets to active military personnel and veterans looking to visit Put-in-Bay for the Memorial Day bicentennial celebration.
This Memorial Day the island of Put-in-Bay will see visitors flock to its shores for a final bicentennial celebration honoring the brave 557 sailors who served in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. While the bicentennial of the Battle of Lake Erie was celebrated two years ago, 2015 marks 200 years since the historic signing of the Treaty of Ghent, the parchment that officially ended the war and restored relations between the United States and Great Britain.

On Monday, May 25, at noon on the steps of Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, representatives from the US Navy, Coast Guard, Great Britain, Canada and the Flagship Niagara will give a short speech followed by the unveiling of a permanent plaque commemorating all who served in the battle.

A 21-gun salute with cannon fire will cap the day’s celebrations, honoring the memory of those who fought so bravely in the historic turning point in the war.

Sunday, May 24, at 7 p.m., a public gala will take place at the Niagara Event Center including entertainment, music and light food along with the showcase of the new Battle of Lake Erie documentary. Tickets are $25 and are available at BattleofLakeErie-Bicentennial.com. The following day will also see the Flagship Niagara in port and open to the public with deck tours from 1-7 p.m. Tickets are $7.

For more information visit www.millerferry.com or www.BattleOfLakeErie-Bicentennial.com.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

88 Counties In Ohio = 88 Things To Do! (Regional)


The 88 counties in Ohio carve out special parts of the state that are each unique in their own way. The state is incredibly diverse, with the lakeside counties spanning from Lucas to Ashtabula; the "great plains" of Northwest Ohio, including counties like Williams, Henry, and Wood; the hilly Appalachian region with Washington, Athens, and Belmont Counties (to name a few), and of course the heartland including the counties of Franklin, Delaware, Pickaway, and more. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.

If it's your goal to visit all 88 counties in Ohio, then this list is for you! Many of these links take you straight to our very own OHventures experiences. But, truth be told, even we haven't made it to each county - yet! So, start your engines and check out this list of one cool thing to do in each of Ohio's 88 counties!

NORTHEAST
Ashland – Get cheesy at Grandpa’s Cheesebarn – the name says it all! (Ashland)
Ashtabula – Stay the night at The Lodge at Geneva-On-The-Lake – gorgeous views
Carroll – Saddle up for some Horseback Riding at Faith Ranch (Jewett)
Columbiana – Spend the night at the haunted Spread Eagle Tavern (Hanoverton)
Coshocton – Depart on the Three Rivers Wine Trail, including Yellow Butterfly Winery
Cuyahoga – See all of Cleveland from atop Terminal Tower (and take a Day Trip to Cleveland)
Geauga – Give yourself a sugar rush at the Geauga County Maple Festival
Harrison - Paddle through Southeast Ohio thanks to Green Acres Canoe & Kayak Rental
Holmes – Embrace yourself in Amish culture with Der Dutchmann Restaurants
Jefferson - Step back 200 years to the Ohio frontier at Fort Steuben (Steubenville)
Lake - Have a night of luxury at Quail Hollow Resort (Painesville)
Lorain – Take your pups on a jaunt with the Dirty 5K, Walk & Wash (Avon Lake)
Mahoning – Trek the trails of Mill Creek Park to Lanterman’s Mill (and take a Day Trip to Youngstown)
Medina - Celebrate Christmas all year 'round at Castle Noel (Medina)
Portage - Imbibe at Viking Vineyards & Winery (and take a Day Trip to Kent)
Stark  - Run the stairs of the McKinley Monument (and take a Day Trip to Canton)
Summit  - Zoom down the hill of the All American Soap Box Derby (and take a Day Trip to Akron)
Trumbull – Plunge into the waters of Mosquito Lake (and take a Day Trip to Hubbard)
Tuscawaras – Travel back in time by seeing the historic village of Zoar
Richland - Tour the Mansfield Reformatory (where they filmed Shawshank Redemption)
Wayne - Engage in discussion while eating & drinking at First Amendment Public House (Wooster)

NORTHWEST
Allen – Pig out at Kewpee Burger – the oldest hamburger fast food chain in the world (Lima)
Auglaize - Honor Ohio native Neil Armstrong at Wapakoneta's Summer Moon Festival
Crawford - Gorge on brats & take the "wurst" bike ride at the Bucyrus Bratwurst Festival in August
Defiance - See the reconstructed historic town of Auglaize Village, with a military museum 
Erie – Ride the world’s largest roller coasters at Cedar Point (Sandusky)
Fulton - Check out the arboretum & ATV, hiking, & horseback riding trails of Maumee State Forest
Hancock - Go up, up, and away on a Findlay Hot Air Balloon Ride
Hardin - Build Your Own Tour of historic, architectural, and natural attractions in Hardin
Henry - Grab a photo op with the giant can of Campbell's Tomato Soup (Napoleon)
Huron - Gawk at the Christmas lights at the annual Light Up Norwalk Festival 
Lucas – Gorge on hot dogs at the famous Tony Packo’s (and take a Day Trip to Toledo)
Mercer - Tackle the Mad Run - a muddy obstacle run in Fort Recovery
Ottawa – Kayak the waters of Put-In-Bay (and explore the whole island while you’re at it)!
Paulding - Visit the Paulding County Carnegie Library, on the US National Registrar of Historic Places
Putnam - Scuba dive at Gilboa Quarry - the Midwest's Premier Dive Site (Ottawa)
Sandusky - Learn about one of our presidents at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center
Seneca - See Ohio's Greatest Underground Adventure, Seneca Caverns
Shelby -  Do a nighttime zipline at VanDemark Farm (Sidney)
Van Wert - Hop aboard a plane for a flying tour at the Van Wert Airport
Williams - Check out the Bryan Theatre, local parks, and other fun things in the City of Bryan
Wood - Visit Bowling Green State University and the surrounding area!
Wyandot - Birdwatch at Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area, where you can see bald eagles!

CENTRAL
Delaware – Take advantage of the state’s largest inland beach at Alum Creek State Park
Fairfield – Zipline over 100 feet off the ground at Valley Zipline Tours (Lancaster)
Franklin – Visit the Ohio Statehouse (and see 100 more things to do in Columbus)
Knox – Stay the night in the Mohican Tree House Cabins (Loudonville)
Licking – Say hello to the Longaberger Basket Building – the world’s largest basket
Logan – Ski the day away at Mad River Mountain (Zanesfield)
Madison  Fish, hike, picnic, and more at Prairie Oaks Metro Park (West Jefferson)
Marion – Visit the epic tomb found at the President Warren G. Harding Memorial
Morrow – Shoot ‘em up at SplatterPark Paintball (Mount Gilead)
Pickaway - Attend the Circleville Pumpkin Show and see the pumpkin water tower!
Union - Scale the steep hiking trails of Clear Creek Metro Park

SOUTHEAST
Athens – Taste some local beers at Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery – a locavore’s delight (Athens)
Gallia - Head "down on the farm" to the Bob Evans Farm Homestead Museum (Bidwell)
Guernsey – Embark on an Open Air Safari at The Wilds (Cumberland)
Hocking – Hike your heart out at Hocking Hills State Park, including Old Man’s Cave
Jackson - Go apple picking and celebrate at the Jackson Apple Festival each year
Lawrence - Spend a day at Lake Vesuvius
Meigs - "Milk" your time in Meigs County by visiting the famous Snowville Creamery
Monroe - Drive along the Covered Bridge Byway on a self-guided scenic tour 
Morgan – Camp at the Wayne National Forest (the only National Forest in Ohio)
Muskingum – Pig out on pasta at Adornetto’s Selected Italian Foods (Zanesville)
Noble - Dine at the Dockside Restaurant overlooking the beautiful Seneca Lake Marina
Perry - Eat breakfast at Dodson's On Broadway (New Lexington)
Scioto - Embark on a journey to Scioto County's Shawnee State Park
Vinton – Immerse yourself in Zaleski State Forest (second-largest state forest in the U.S)
Washington – Hop aboard the Sternwheeler and drink some Marietta beer!

SOUTHWEST
Adams – Sightsee at the Great Serpent Mound – the longest serpent effigy in the US
Belmont - Rock out at the "Superbowl of country music festivals - Jamboree In The Hills
Brown - Soak in the Ohio River at Eagle Creek Landings Marina (Georgetown)
Butler – Plan a trip to Jungle Jim's International Market - more than a grocery store (Fairfield)
Champaign – Explore the deep caves of Ohio Caverns (West Liberty)
Clark - Hike your way through Buck Creek State Park in Springfield
Clermont – Bike the trail corridor of Little Miami Scenic Trail along the Little Miami River
Clinton – Immerse yourself in Pioneer Village at Caesar Creek State Park
Darke - Watch the stock cars race by at the world famous Eldora Speedway (New Weston)
Fayette - Shop the day away at the Tanger Outlets right off of I-71 (Jeffersonville)
Greene - Trek along the Old Woods Trail located at Caesar Creek State Park
Hamilton –  Meet an elephant at Cincinnati Zoo (and take a Day Trip to Cincinnati)
Highland - Mountain bike in Paint Creek Lake State Park (Hillsboro)
Miami – Take a Day Trip to the quaint town of Piqua
Montgomery – Eat at Olive, An Urban Dive (and take a Day Trip to Dayton)
Pike - Travel Pike's Patches Quilt Barn Trail to see all of the quilt barns in the area!
Preble - Go ghost hunting and on other spirited adventures
Ross - Take a day trip to the Ross County seat, Chillicothe (Ohio's first capital)
Warren – Zipline at Ozone Zipline Adventures (Lebanon)!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

88 Counties In Ohio = 88 Things To Do! (Alphabetical)


The 88 counties in Ohio carve out special parts of the state that are each unique in their own way. The state is incredibly diverse, with the lakeside counties spanning from Lucas to Ashtabula; the "great plains" of Northwest Ohio, including counties like Williams, Henry, and Wood; the hilly Appalachian region with Washington, Athens, and Belmont Counties (to name a few), and of course the heartland including the counties of Franklin, Delaware, Pickaway, and more. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.

If it's your goal to visit all 88 counties in Ohio, then this list is for you! Many of these links take you straight to our very own OHventures experiences. But, truth be told, even we haven't made it to each county - yet! So, start your engines and check out this list of one cool thing to do in each of Ohio's 88 counties!

Adams – Sightsee at the Great Serpent Mound – the longest serpent effigy in the US
Allen – Pig out at Kewpee Burger – the oldest hamburger fast food chain in the world (Lima)
Ashland – Get cheesy at Grandpa’s Cheesebarn – the name says it all! (Ashland)
Ashtabula – Stay the night at The Lodge at Geneva-On-The-Lake – gorgeous views
Athens – Taste some local beers at Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery – a locavore’s delight (Athens)
Auglaize - Honor Ohio native Neil Armstrong at Wapakoneta's Summer Moon Festival
Belmont - Rock out at the "Superbowl of country music festivals - Jamboree In The Hills
Brown - Soak in the Ohio River at Eagle Creek Landings Marina (Georgetown)
Butler – Plan a trip to Jungle Jim's International Market - more than a grocery store (Fairfield)
Carroll – Saddle up for some Horseback Riding at Faith Ranch (Jewett)
Champaign – Explore the deep caves of Ohio Caverns (West Liberty)
Clark - Hike your way through Buck Creek State Park in Springfield
Clermont – Bike the trail corridor of Little Miami Scenic Trail along the Little Miami River
Clinton – Immerse yourself in Pioneer Village at Caesar Creek State Park
Columbiana – Spend the night at the haunted Spread Eagle Tavern (Hanoverton)
Coshocton – Depart on the Three Rivers Wine Trail, including Yellow Butterfly Winery
Crawford - Gorge on brats & take the "wurst" bike ride at the Bucyrus Bratwurst Festival in August
Cuyahoga – See all of Cleveland from atop Terminal Tower (and take a Day Trip to Cleveland)
Darke - Watch the stock cars race by at the world famous Eldora Speedway (New Weston)

Defiance - See the reconstructed historic town of Auglaize Village, with a military museum 

Delaware – Take advantage of the state’s largest inland beach at Alum Creek State Park
Erie – Ride the world’s largest roller coasters at Cedar Point (Sandusky)
Fairfield – Zipline over 100 feet off the ground at Valley Zipline Tours (Lancaster)
Fayette - Shop the day away at the Tanger Outlets right off of I-71 (Jeffersonville)
Franklin – Visit the Ohio Statehouse (and see 100 more things to do in Columbus)
Fulton - Check out the arboretum & ATV, hiking, & horseback riding trails of Maumee State Forest
Gallia - Head "down on the farm" to the Bob Evans Farm Homestead Museum (Bidwell)
Geauga – Give yourself a sugar rush at the Geauga County Maple Festival
Greene - Trek along the Old Woods Trail located at Caesar Creek State Park
Guernsey – Embark on an Open Air Safari at The Wilds (Cumberland)
Hamilton –  Meet an elephant at Cincinnati Zoo (and take a Day Trip to Cincinnati)
Hancock - Go up, up, and away on a Findlay Hot Air Balloon Ride
Hardin - Build Your Own Tour of historic, architectural, and natural attractions in Hardin
Harrison - Paddle through Southeast Ohio thanks to Green Acres Canoe & Kayak Rental
Henry - Grab a photo op with the giant can of Campbell's Tomato Soup (Napoleon)
Highland - Mountain bike in Paint Creek Lake State Park (Hillsboro)
Hocking – Hike your heart out at Hocking Hills State Park, including Old Man’s Cave
Holmes – Embrace yourself in Amish culture with Der Dutchmann Restaurants
Huron - Gawk at the Christmas lights at the annual Light Up Norwalk Festival 
Jackson - Go apple picking and celebrate at the Jackson Apple Festival each year
Jefferson - Step back 200 years to the Ohio frontier at Fort Steuben (Steubenville)
Knox – Stay the night in the Mohican Tree House Cabins (Loudonville)
Lake - Have a night of luxury at Quail Hollow Resort (Painesville)
Lawrence - Spend a day at Lake Vesuvius
Licking – Say hello to the Longaberger Basket Building – the world’s largest basket
Logan – Ski the day away at Mad River Mountain (Zanesfield)
Lorain – Take your pups on a jaunt with the Dirty 5K, Walk & Wash (Avon Lake)
Lucas – Gorge on hot dogs at the famous Tony Packo’s (and take a Day Trip to Toledo)

Madison – Fish, hike, picnic, and more at Prairie Oaks Metro Park (West Jefferson)

Mahoning – Trek the trails of Mill Creek Park to Lanterman’s Mill (and take a Day Trip to Youngstown)
Marion – Visit the epic tomb found at the President Warren G. Harding Memorial

Medina - Celebrate Christmas all year 'round at Castle Noel (Medina)

Meigs - "Milk" your time in Meigs County by visiting the famous Snowville Creamery
Mercer - Tackle the Mad Run - a muddy obstacle run in Fort Recovery
Miami – Take a Day Trip to the quaint town of Piqua
Monroe - Drive along the Covered Bridge Byway on a self-guided scenic tour 
Montgomery – Eat at Olive, An Urban Dive (and take a Day Trip to Dayton)
Morgan – Camp at the Wayne National Forest (the only National Forest in Ohio)
Morrow – Shoot ‘em up at SplatterPark Paintball (Mount Gilead)
Muskingum – Pig out on pasta at Adornetto’s Selected Italian Foods (Zanesville)
Noble - Dine at the Dockside Restaurant overlooking the beautiful Seneca Lake Marina
Ottawa – Kayak the waters of Put-In-Bay (and explore the whole island while you’re at it)!
Paulding - Visit the Paulding County Carnegie Library, on the US National Registrar of Historic Places
Perry - Eat breakfast at Dodson's On Broadway (New Lexington)
Pickaway - Attend the Circleville Pumpkin Show and see the pumpkin water tower!
Pike - Travel Pike's Patches Quilt Barn Trail to see all of the quilt barns in the area!
Portage - Imbibe at Viking Vineyards & Winery (and take a Day Trip to Kent)
Preble - Go ghost hunting and on other spirited adventures
Putnam - Scuba dive at Gilboa Quarry - the Midwest's Premier Dive Site (Ottawa)
Richland - Tour the Mansfield Reformatory (where they filmed Shawshank Redemption)
Ross - Take a day trip to the Ross County seat, Chillicothe (Ohio's first capital)
Sandusky - Learn about one of our presidents at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center

Scioto - Embark on a journey to Scioto County's Shawnee State Park

Seneca - See Ohio's Greatest Underground Adventure, Seneca Caverns
Shelby -  Do a nighttime zipline at VanDemark Farm (Sidney)
Stark  - Run the stairs of the McKinley Monument (and take a Day Trip to Canton)

Summit  - Zoom down the hill of the All American Soap Box Derby (and take a Day Trip to Akron)

Trumbull – Plunge into the waters of Mosquito Lake (and take a Day Trip to Hubbard)
Tuscawaras – Travel back in time by seeing the historic village of Zoar
Union - Scale the steep hiking trails of Clear Creek Metro Park
Van Wert - Hop aboard a plane for a flying tour at the Van Wert Airport
Vinton – Immerse yourself in Zaleski State Forest (second-largest state forest in the U.S)

Warren – Zipline at Ozone Zipline Adventures (Lebanon)!

Washington – Hop aboard the Sternwheeler and drink some Marietta beer!
Wayne - Engage in discussion while eating & drinking at First Amendment Public House (Wooster)
Williams - Check out the Bryan Theatre, local parks, and other fun things in the City of Bryan
Wood - Visit Bowling Green State University and the surrounding area!
Wyandot - Birdwatch at Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area, where you can see bald eagles!