We’ve lived in Ohio a year now.
It was rather a shock coming back to the States from Germany.
The Best of Wright-Patterson AFB
It’s kinda halfway between Chicago and Atlanta, where our respective families live.
It’s a good jumping off point to travel. It’s not far to the east coast or Great Lakes areas.
Lots of outdoorsy stuff to explore
We love the MetroParks and all the wetlands and hiking areas and state parks.
We cannot get enough of this place. Great monthly homeschool days and summer camps!
It takes a week to see it all! And they have the Memphis Belle now.
Native American history
We love Sunwatch, Fort Ancient, the Great Serpent Mound, Miamisburg Mound. It’s great being able to see Native American sites as we learn about Indigenous Peoples.
Lots of medical facilities
There is a great children’s hospital network. Lots of varied medical specialties if needed.
The Worst of Wright-Patterson AFB
Yes, I realize there’s a big lake up north. There are lots of lakes, rivers, and wetlands. I prefer the ocean. It’s about 10-12 hours away.
We have the craziest weather I’ve ever seen. Torrential rain, hail, hot and cold, high winds – at the drop of a hat. It’s weird. I have to always be prepared for anything.
I figure we may have chosen the wrong township, but there is very little diversity here and lots of racism and bigotry. Perhaps we were insulated in Germany, but it seems more pervasive now that we’re back in the States and so very obvious to us now.