Where to go in Ohio for a great weekend getaway

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The American West has cowboys; New York has the Statue of Liberty. While, there’s no iconic symbol that defines the Buckeye State, O-H-I-O does have pride in what it does have: idyllic Great Lakes beaches, professional sports teams, top-rated amusement parks, urban adventures in the three Cs (Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati) and the world’s largestRead more

Far-Flung Travels Wins 8 Awards for Travel Writing and Photography

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Far-Flung Travels has won eight awards in the 2014 Society of American Travel Writers’ Central States Writing and Photography Contest, including Best Travel Blog or Website for the second year in a row. “I love my job, so I am grateful when my work resonates with others,” says Laura Watilo Blake, the CEO (Chief ExplorationRead more

Invasive plant threatens summer fun

Two weeks ago, my friend and I packed a picnic and made plans to take her kids to Wallace Lake in Berea, Ohio, for a day at the beach, complete with paddleboat rides on the water. When we got there, the boats were chained up on the shore — apparently grounded until further notice. “NoRead more

Making waves: bringing fresh water to those without

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It’s my turn to give back. In a month’s time, I will be leaving for Uganda to help a local organization bring fresh water facilities to a rural community that has none, and I hope you follow Far-flung Travels throughout the journey. While on vacation last fall, I spent my last few days in WestRead more

Ice-covered lighthouse wows the world

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You don’t have to travel far to see some amazing sites. But this amazing site in Cleveland has traveled the world over in just a few days. The Cleveland Harbor West Pierhead Lighthouse made world news after waves from Lake Erie, propelled by high winds, turned it into an ice structure. After a local photographerRead more

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