So, I don’t usually have “things” I want for my birthday. My husband and I plan these little adventures. My favorite, of course, is going somewhere interesting that I’ll want to take pictures. Should be no surprise there.
I also love strange and unusual things. So when we stumbled upon the Weird Ohio book at Barnes & Noble, we bought it. It was an early gift for me and gave me lots of ideas for what kind of an adventure we could go on for my birthday. Visit some abandoned parks, find an old prison, or any of the other interesting things that book showed us were in Ohio.
After skimming through the book, we saw there were quite a few things around Boston Township, OH, otherwise known as Helltown in the book. There was an old orphanage, called Gore Orphanage. The name alone makes it sound like the kind of place I want to find. The book also talked of an old town where the road was closed off to houses that were abandoned due to a chemical spill. There supposedly was even satanic church with an upside down cross.
Of course, our adventures never work out to plan. That’s part of the adventure!
En route to “Helltown” we found a pretty cute, small metropark. We stopped to stretch our legs and check it out. The way the water carved out of the earth made me feel like we weren’t in Ohio for a moment. We also found a spooky hollowed out tree & I saw blue bonnet flowers (which I had been hearing about in one of my photography groups online but never seen in real life).
We left from the park and looked for the old abandoned houses. There were none. We stopped in town and got on our phones to make sure we were in the right place. We were in the right place but the abandoned houses were only folklore. Oh well. The orphanage was a real thing! We went to look for that next. We scoured for any sign of old foundation on Gore Orphanage Road and found nothing. Nothing at all that we were looking for anyway. Still some pretty interesting things in the area & lots of graffiti on the bridge & signs to read and we found a neat building (old church or school) on the way out of town.
Wrapping up our Boston Township tour, I remembered Brandywine Falls was kind of in that area. We looked that up and decided to go there. On the drive over it started to rain. There had to be a rainbow. Then the adventure turned into a rainbow hunt….and we found one!
After all of that we made it to Brandywine Falls for the first time in our lives. We have hiked treachorous paths before to see some pretty disappointing falls before ::ahem::Rainbow Falls in Smokey Mountains::ahem:: but husband was impressed with these falls. We relaxed and enjoyed the view and sounds a bit before heading to eat.
Did I mention my birthday is May 1st? So Melt Bar & Grilled has these special Star Wars themed grilled cheeses that weekend (May the Fourth be with you). We, being tattoo family members and receiving 25% off for life, went to indulge in some Obi Wan Cannoli. Ohmygod. Amazing! We couldn’t even eat it all. Maybe it seems a little off topic to talk about, but grilled cheese is one of my favorite foods.
Boom! That is the story of my birthday adventure.