Tunnel Tours and Cleveland Adventures

Sorry about the delay in postings, but life kind of got in the way of posting some blogs, but here I am!  Now, without further adieu, let me tell you of what I got up to last weekend.

Last weekend, my friend Brandy and I went into Downtown Cleveland to tour the tunnels underneath the Soldiers and Sailors Monument.  They only open up the tunnels once a year and for one day only, and since I’ve wanted to see them ever since I learned about them, I was determined to go.  Once I told Brandy, she was excited to see it as well!

Let me just start by saying that I HATE driving in Cleveland.  Besidses, why drive when you can take the RTA in and make it so much easier?  So, Brandy and I hopped on the RTA and rode it into Cleveland and got out at Tower City.  Once there, Brandy snagged a coffee and since another friend told me he’d be there in a bit, we decided to go up to the top of the Terminal Tower.  She had never been and I hadn’t been in a few years.  It was a beautiful day to do it, too!

I just loved the 360 degree view from the top!

After we came back down to the lobby, I took my time looking up at the ceiling.  So many people don’t look up anymore, let alone pay attention to their surroundings.  There’s so much beauty all around you!

After that, my other friend finally arrived, so we went and checked out the tunnels under the Soldiers and Sailors monument.  The monument was designed and built buy a veteran of the Civil War and pays homage to the civil war veterans of Cuyahoga county.  All of the statues were also designed by him, but one set actually has names associated with them because they were of his unit and died in the war.  He modeled them after his lost group.  It is also said that his wife was the model for the lady at the very top of the monument.

Everything in the monument is significant.  Everything from the holes on the side (which are to represent cannons facing you) to the designs on the side (the symbols of the battalions) were created with the civil war veterans in mind.  It’s so incredibly interesting to hear the stories and history of the place.

We waited in line for close to an hour to get our chance to tour the tunnels, but it was totally worth it!  There are even tiny stalactites growing under it.  They say it is haunted by it’s creator and wandering spirits of the civil war.  I will openly admit, it is very creepy down there, but I loved every second of it. 🙂

Here are some photos from inside the tunnels and then inside the monument itself, which is open every day of the year.  The only thing that is open only one day a year are the tunnels.  I highly suggest going to check out the outside and inside of the monument sometime!

After exploring the tunnels and the monument, we decided to roam around and have some fun.  Fun was had by all!

Let me just say that the giant colorful plastic critters were a blast to climb on!  However, Brandy and I, due to our short nature, had some issues.  I was able to get on top of the littler snail without too much trouble.  Brandy is a few inches shorter than me and it was hilarious watching her try.  In the end, she needed help.  We also kept hoping that she wouldn’t slide backward off the snail shells because if she did, I would have been laughing too hard to help her up.  In fact, I probably would have fallen over from laughing !  My other friend, however, was a climbing genius and got on top of the giant red snail.  Me?  Nope.  Brandy?  No way.  We spent a good 45 minutes climbing on things and laughing like lunatics and I wouldn’t have had it any other way!

After all of the walking and exploring (all 4 miles worth), we went back to tower city and hopped on the RTA to head home.  Brandy was excited both times we rode the RTA and would do quiet little Woo Woo‘s as we were moving.  I laughed so hard I cried!  In fact, she even did a few woo woo’s as we were waiting for our train.  She even got a thrill from the horns when they were blown.

All in all, it was a fantastic time and I can’t wait for the next big adventure!



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