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Really haven’t had much time lately to write a column. You know I have been chasing Bigfoot and all…


That really was an interesting program the Brown County Public Library put on at the Gaslight Theater. Just shy of 200 people showed up to hear all about the hairy, smelly creature.


There’s a story in the Thursday News Democrat if you want to read about what happened.


I know, you want to know what I think about Bigfoot.


Well, I have been all over Shawnee State Forrest and never saw anything that remotely looked like Sasquatch except for my cousin who is really tall. He’s maybe not as hairy, but he’s got the head for the gig.


I am like Barry Hauser in Levanna, I’ll believe it when I see it. I’ll respect other opinions until I do.


A Brown County Sasquatch could explain the missing port-a-let from the Ripley area campground. A case that even the best county investigators have failed yet to solve on the sly. Maybe Sasquatch got tired of going in the woods and needs some TP and a place to go. He’s probably got it hid up in the hills behind Levanna somewhere.


Or, maybe the port-a-let was abducted by aliens. There’s a good chance of that too.


Like I said if the port-a-let made it across the state line to Kentucky, then it is their problem. Next thing you know there will be wanted posters in Ripley with Sasquatch’s face plastered over it, “reward for port-a-let thief.”


I really have been getting around since my last writing. We entertained Don and Ruth Macon from Miamisburg recently. They traveled to Blue Licks State Park Lodge with a group called the Happy Travelers. This group from Dayton has traversed the universe together for many years. Through their united interests in travel they have been to many places. This trip just happened to be in our neck of the woods and we were invited.


The group stayed at the lodge for four days, we joined them for two. By the time we got there they were out of things to do. Blue Licks is kind of out there, Bigfoot country.


They had done the Augusta scene and had saved Maysville and Old Washington for Saturday. There really wasn’t much going on in Old Washington Saturday, so we decided with the Macons to go to a location in Maysville and then across the Ohio River to Ripley.


So we get to Ripley and it’s time for a very late lunch and we stop down at the Boat Club. Really all of Ripley’s restaurants along the river are great stops. The Boat Club, however, puts you in the water. This was late so we didn’t want a lot of food.


While eating I met up with an old acquaintance (businessman) who I was surprised to find out spends his summer weekends camped at Whiteoak Campground. Says he loves it. We chatted for a while and then our party departed for Rankin Hill and his party took off in their boat.


Now this was a little disappointing because the Rankin House was still under construction in preparation for a rededication Aug. 23. The tour guide was a little worried I might touch something, but hey, I’ve been around a few historical landmarks under construction in my time. I know what chairs to sit in and to not touch the newly painted walls.


What I will say about this … after the dedication, go and see what the Rankin House looks like now. It’s a lot different. There’s some interesting stuff that was done in there. I am amazed how they can peel all that paint and wallpaper back and find what colors the walls were back in that time period. Amazing story.


Next stop? The Parker House.


Docent Dewey Scott gives just an outstanding presentation. The Macons enjoyed hearing about John Parker and complimented Dewey on his talk. A thunderstorm is rolling through about quitting time for Dewey but he sits and talks to us while we all wait out the storm.


Several years ago I was involved in travel and tourism in the area. I remember the speeches or lectures given to educate local people about tourists. When we were at the lodge someone asked the person at the desk what there is to do in the area, she really couldn’t think of anything. She said, “There’s an open house going on at the school.”


Our area offers a lot for tourists - sometimes you just need to take them by the arm and go there. They will enjoy it and you will too!


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