I vacationed at home this past week. I really recommend doing that. Be a tourist in your own city and do the things that you normally wouldn't do, or get the chance to do when you are busy living your everyday life.
If you live in a place that doesn't get the fall colors, let me be your guide to Autumn in northern Ohio. Weather permitting, each year we head out to the Cuyahoga Valley National Park for a hike during mid October.
Along the way are a couple of ponds. We make this one our first stop each time.
Then we move on...
This is Sylvan Pond, and it's one of our favorite places in the whole world... I wish it wasn't so cloudy the day we went.
I love the way the trees reflect in the water. So beautiful :)
A couple of shots of the wildlife. Frog!
Wooly Bear...This is what these caterpillars are called here. There's a town about an hour from where I live that has a Wooly Bear Festival every year. Kids and pets get dressed up, parades, wooly bear races, etc. Small town fun. I've never been, but every year we say that we will go next year to see what the fuss is about.
Very bad photo of a blue heron. I really have to learn how to use that zoom.
Next up we went to the Metroparks to see the falls. I know they aren't massive like some, but pretty none the less.
Then to Tinkers Creek Gorge. They say it's one of the prettiest views in the entire county where I live.
Gosh, I really wish Autumn lasted longer. Sigh.
All the outdoor time made us hungry so we had to eat out all over the place.
We had brunch at Lucky's Cafe. This segment from Diners, Drive-In's and Dives shows off the place way better than I ever could. Let's just say it TOTALLY lived up to the hype!
Another highlight was a trip downtown to NoodleCat. RIDICULOUS! I wish I could adequately describe the aroma wafting from our delicious bowls of goodness :)
Rod's Tempura Soba Dori
We also had salads, but devoured those before I took a photo :) Specifically the Kim Chee Salad and the Old School Salad.
There was also a trip to Melt. A new location just opened close to where we live. We actually tried to go to the original location a couple of years ago. It was 2:30pm on a Saturday and we thought while there may be a slight wait, surely at this off hour it couldn't be too bad. It was 2 hrs long! So we left. I don't wait for two hours for a sandwich, I don't care how good it is. Anyway, short wait at the new place and it was an awesome gooey indulgence! Here is Guy again, eating the sandwich named after my home town! (I had the Blackened Chicken though)
We also went Bowling, to the movies to see 50/50, and got carry out from Sittoo's. And, tomorrow we celebrate the hubby's birthday with the family, so now you are all caught up on my life. I'm just not listing how many pounds I gained over this week...lol!
I'll be back in blogland soon...Thanks for stopping by :)