My name, Karin, was pretty common when I was growing up...just not the spelling. Unless you are of German heritage like I am. So, I have spent my entire life answering the question, "What is your name"?... With, "Karin...with an "i"! Who knew it would come in handy all these years later when I went to name my blog.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Here is Your Moment of Autumn...

Hi Everyone,

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 :)

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 :)


Lindsey said...

Looks like a perfect"staycation", Karin!

Cheryl said...

It looks like fun! Thank you for sharing the photos and video clip. Mmmm, I'm hungry for some lunch now. :)

pinky said...

Stunning photographs Karin, loving the autumn colours. We gets lots of that here of course:) especially the oranges. Sounds like your life is positively brilliant at the minute. Just enjoy it and don't worry about the pounds lol. Happy Birthday to your hubby for tomorrow.

melissac said...

Thanks for the reminder of all the beautiful places in my hometown!! Have a blessed day!

Donna Ellis said...

thanks for letting me ride piggy back during your hike! Amazing views - so clam and beautiful. I live in FL, and we only have a few weeks of some colors changing.

Angelica Carballo said...

HOla!! Karin

Que bonitas fotografías.
Tienes mucha razón con tu consejo de conocer nuestros alrededores tengo un año viviendo en MIssissauga y todavía no conosco ningun parque =(
Por cierto me gusto mucho la cascada de "el Velo de la NOvia" esta muy bella. Gracias por compartir tus fotos.

Amanda R said...

I love autumn here too, went to the Autumn leaf festival in Clarion last weekend. But sounds like you ate a lot better than I did!

Lynn's Place said...

Fantabulous photos looks so peaceful and the colors rock...sounds like you had a great time...

TannyP said...

Wow - those are some awesome shots, Karin! Looks like an amazing staycation =) You two sure know how to live it up at home - I love it!

Emily Leiphart said...

Gorgeous photos, Karin! I can smell the fresh autumn air through my monitor!

Pam said...

Are you telling me I should skip NYC next time and go to Cleveland, cuz from the clips and travelogue that is sure what it looks like (and you can send this comment to the tourist board who I am sure you are working for ;)!?!

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