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Are you ready for tourist season?

Kathy Lilje • Apr 23, 2014 at 3:00 PM

This morning a parade of boats passed my office window on their journey from winter storage to Sandusky Bay. This was the winter when I started to doubt we would ever see boating weather again.

Warmer weather brings out the toys — boats, campers, motorcycles, 4-wheelers, bicycles, skateboards and baby strollers.

Through the years, my family has had all those toys and enjoyed every one of them. OK, maybe not the camper, but that’s a story for another day.

It’s a gradual awakening of all the pastimes that make living here in northern Ohio well worth the bother of winter.

Soon the inroads to our area will be alive with visitors from all over — carloads of people who have planned their vacations, saved their money and excitedly anticipated their time spent here, right in our backyards.

Bike Week is only a little more than a month away.

Cedar Point opens in a few weeks. The islands are gearing up for the influx of revelers and the ferries are ready to deliver them.

The dragstrip in Norwalk and the racetrack in Sandusky will soon have their stands full of racing fans for whom the earth-shaking sound of high-performance engines is music to their ears.

There’s plenty to do in this area and we’re all about fun here. Here’s a few things to remember to ensure a great summer.

Kathy Lilje’s Rules for a Happy Summer

•First and foremost, be kind to tourists. Their stay here keeps the wheels turning on all the summer fun that we enjoy, too. Their visits are great for our economy and their impressions of our friendliness will help dictate whether they will be back. Remember, we are tourists sometimes, too. Treat them like you would want the Florida people to treat us.

•Get out and enjoy some of the attractions that draw people to this area. Take a ferry ride, watch the sunset over Lake Erie, visit Seneca Caverns, spend a day at the Point, check out the animals at African Wildlife Safari. Be a tourist in your own territory. The fun is out there. Grab it.

•Above all, be safe. Lake Erie has already claimed some lives this year — people just out for a good time. Make use of all the safety equipment your particular pastime offers; be aware at all times of motorcyclists and bicyclists on the road; use sunscreen; and keep your tempers under wraps.

It’s going to be a great summer and we deserve it. See you out and about.

And another thing...

Thanks to Chris at Bud’s Place on Tiffin Avenue for the Tennessee Sunshine Hot Sauce. I’m told it’s a big favorite at the bar and I can see why. Stop by and try it out. Tell Jim and Chris I sent you.

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