What a busy and adventurous day we had on the island! In the morning, Justin was nice enough to volunteer to rent the golf cart bright and early in the morning at 8:00am. At the Bayshore Resort, they are first come, first serve, and we wanted to make sure that we could reserve one for the day. There are plenty of places to rent carts from around the island, but we found it would be most convenient to rent it from our hotel. At 9:00am, Shannon, Justin and I took the golf cart out to see the entire island together.
First things first – we had to get some breakfast! We drove down to Delaware Street from our hotel to a popular breakfast place in the downtown area, Pasquales. I must mention that it was scorching hot outside that day already that early in the morning – it had to be over 100 degrees! The air was very thick and the weather was humid. Next, it is difficult maintaining a vegan diet at a traditional American breakfast place, but we tried our best. We ordered bowls of fruit, bagels with peanut butter, English muffins, and hash browns. Essentially, it was a collection of side dishes. We ordered so many plates of hash browns as you can see from the pictures above. We couldn’t resist taking pictures of all of the tiny plates! It definitely did the job of filling us up before an action-packed day!
We walked back towards the cart. I thought it was neat that Put-in-Bay cars had their own special Ohio license plates!
Justin started driving the cart and I sat in the passenger side (Shannon sat in the back). The back of the cart was a fun place to ride since it was facing out towards the road, so you end up riding facing backwards (I rode back there later). We drove the golf cart from Pasquales to the end of Delaware and turned left on Catawba Ave.
We drove past Mojito Bay, where we had a few drinks the night before. It looked a bit different during the day! It looked like it would be a fun place to hang out during the afternoon, too!
From there, we drove the golf cart all over the main part of the island, south of Put-in-Bay village. We drove past many touristy sights including mini golf, caves, wineries, and more. After a little driving, we found the South Bass Island State Park. We walked down to a pier and had a great view of the lake, some neighboring islands, and the edge of a small ciff lined with trees and a campground. There was a very rocky “beach” that was not very sandy, but it was nice to stick our feet in the water on such a hot day.
We continued our drive and despite the weather being so toasty warm, we had a lovely breeze from riding along in the cart! As we continued along the coast, we came across the South Bass Island Lighthouse.
We walked around the property of this historic home that had a pretty garden and a great view of the lake. I think you can do tours of the lighthouse, although we didn’t look into it. It is currently owned by Ohio State University and the lighthouse is on the National Register of Historic Places.
We continued along our journey down some side streets and the paved road started to get a little bumpier. I was riding in the back of the cart at this point and Justin was still driving. As we were driving along, all of a sudden we heard a loud BOOM! Justin said he got hit in the face with something and a second later, there was a loud cracking sound, like a gunshot! We thought..could he have been hit with a cherry bomb? There really was no one else around besides us. Did a bug hit him in the face and immediately after, the golf cart back-fired? I guess we will never know what really happened (though if I had to guess, I’m going with the second story)! The paved roads there also got really uneven which made for a bouncy ride!
Coming up next…our stop at Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial and our trip up to the top of the monument!
Here is also a short video of part of our golf cart ride! This video was taken after the loud booming sound we heard from our golf cart when the road got really bumpy!
Read more about our trip to Put-in-Bay, Ohio:
Driving to Port Clinton towards Put-in-Bay
Traveling to Put-in-Bay on the Miller Ferry
Staying at Bayshore Resort, Put-in-Bay
Put-in-Bay Nightlife, Day 1
A Golf Cart Tour of the Island
Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial Tower
Perry’s Cave and Joe’s Bar
Segway Excursion Around Put-in-Bay
Kayaking to Gibraltar Island
Our Last Evening in Put-in-Bay
Leaving Put-in-Bay on the Miller Ferry