Jul 202014

Before we left this area Terry wanted to make another trip to The Weaver’s Loft, her favorite fiber store in the country, which is in Guilford, only 10 or so miles away from the Indian Lakes Thousand Trails Preserve. So yesterday afternoon we drove over and spent some time with Barb Gallagher, who owns the shop.

Barb’s shop is in a small building across from her house at the end of a country lane and she stocks an amazing selection of yarns, looms, spinning wheels, and accessories. Barb obviously loves her business and is dedicated to helping her customers get the most out of their efforts and she has given Terry many helpful tips and ideas.

We visited with Barb for a couple of hours, and then drove thirteen miles south to Lawrenceburg and the neighboring town of Aurora, on the bank of the Ohio River. Settled in the early 1800s, Aurora is a cool town with a lot of history to it. It was here in 1781 that American Colonel Archibald Lochry and a force of 107 men were ambushed by Indians under Joseph Brant, a Mohawk leader allied with the British during the Revolutionary War. 37 of Lochry’s men were killed in the attack, and after they surrendered, the commander and many others were massacred by the Indians. Those who survived suffered torture and hardship before eventually being turned over to the British at Detroit.

Today things are a lot more mellow in Aurora, and even on a Saturday afternoon there wasn’t much going on downtown.

Auroa Main Street

We drove down by the river just in time to see this floatplane taxiing away from the dock and getting ready to take off. It is a 1946 Cessna 140 and is owned by a local company that takes passengers on flying tours along the river.

Float plane at dock 

Float plane taxi

A couple of blocks from the river we stumbled upon this beautiful mansion. Originally called Forest Hill, it was completed in 1855 and owned by Thomas Gaff, a wealthy steamboat owner who was influential in local politics and had many diverse business interests. Today the historic mansion is called Hillforest and has been declared a National Historic Landmark. The elegant fourteen room home is maintained by the Hillforest Historical Foundation and is open for tours.

Hillforest house

We took back roads through the countryside, passing farm country and a couple of one horse towns on the way back to the campground. A while after we got home Greg White came over with a plate of chocolate chip cookies Jan had made and his timing was perfect; I had just told Terry I wanted a snack. Thanks Jan, they were delicious.

Today is our last day at the Indian Lakes Thousand Trails and while I’ve enjoyed our stay here overall, I really wish management would do something about the pipeline workers staying here long term. Just like they did the last time we were here two years ago, last night they were partying and had music thumping so loud we could hear it inside our motorhome with the TV and air conditioning on. I guess since their company pays a lot of money for them to be here, the management has decided they are not required to follow the rules.

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  6 Responses to “Floatplanes And Mansions”

  1. I have always wanted to take a ride in a floatplane. I think that would be way beyond cool!

  2. I can guaranty you that if I wasn’t sleeping because of noise from the pipeliners, management wouldn’t be sleeping either, as I would be banging on their door, calling their phone or honking my horn in their driveway until they got off their butts and did something.
    Cheers, Tim

  3. Nick if you and Terry ever get the chance to take a sea plane ride do it, I am not a big fan of flying but one of the most exciting fun adventures I have ever taken was a seaplane ride. You get to see things you cannot see from the shore, we even landed so we could see the alligators. We also saw the destruction to the bayou that Katrina did the year before. I was sad when the tour was over. By the way I did not even feel the landing it was so smooth not big bump like you get on a airplane

  4. FYI. Did you know you can go on TTlistens.com and tell them what you think. I’ve been told that every time you leave a park you will receive an email from that park to take the survey and at the end there is a box to write your concerns. We have only received these emails 2 times and that web site is not really advertised so people know where they can voice there concerns. But I imagine this is about the only way word gets past the exit gate!

  5. I’ve never had an e-mail like that Sandy. I’ll check out the website you suggested. Thanks for the tip.

  6. Nick, we received an email from a 1000 Trails park we stayed at in Seaside, OR. Gave a couple of compliments but also a complaint about the weeds growing everywhere. In the reply from the manager he denied there wasn’t a problem with weeds. I replied that he should get out of his office and walk around his park more often.

    It has been our experience that park rules rarely apply to long term residents only to short term visitors. Like you said the park owners let long termers money talk louder that the visitors. Very short sighted in my opinion.

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