This past weekend I spent some time out on the open road in rural Ohio between Findlay and Tiffin. It was cold and wintery and the road was pretty quiet as I drove past farms and fields. It was the calm before the storm, as another major snow event was descending on the Midwestern US. I stopped alongside the road and even on the road, as there was no traffic, at various points to capture some of the scene. Another day, another fun road trip!
A while back while hanging out in the Sumner Beach part of Christchurch, New Zealand I stopped in at a Coffee Culture (local chain) and had a mocha that hit the spot. Was enough coffee for two, let alone one!
I’ve never had been a strong proponent of selfies, but as time has gone on I’ve started taking more such photos. Even if the photos will never be seen by anyone else, it makes me remember a given place and the moment somewhere even more. One I will share is from up-top Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga, Tennessee. I can still picture the views of the city and beyond.
On this early Saturday morning I started hanging out in Astro Coffee in Detroit right after it opened its doors. Quite empty.
Barely a few minutes later all the seats were taken and there was a line out the door at this Corktown neighborhood hot spot. So great to see’
The latte was enjoying the morning at the counter…
…and on a stool waiting for what’s about to happen.
What’s about to happen is lots of people enjoying the neighborhood, conversation, atmosphere, treats and service that Astro Coffee provides. Oh yeah and delicious, hand-crafted lattes and other coffee drinks.
Checkout #ElCafeDe2013 Coffee tip of the week: Choose Your Clothes Wisely for more of the great times I’ve had at Astro Coffee. Back to the latte drinking and people watching!
Broadway, Grant, Columbus, Jackson, Kearny… those are just some of the streets I walked along or crossed as I got closer and closer to the iconic Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco. The Transamerica is the tallest and most well-known part of San Fran’s skyline. It sits 850 feet tall and is 48 stories, but there is no public access except for the first level. It’
Hi Transamerica! I got as close as possible without actually going in the four-sided pyramid, looking straight up at this point.
Heading into the heart of Seattle from the south on the Alaskan Way Viaduct (State Route 99) you’ll see the sprawling skyline front-and-center. Captured from a local shuttle bus.
Every time I’m in Cleveland, usually once a season, I gravitate towards Edgewater Park which sits just west of downtown. This week was no exception. I made a stop there right before sunset on a cold, wintry day. Lake Erie, one of the Great Lakes, was there to greet me front and center. No land as far as the eye can see.
The pier was closed, but makes for a great spot for hanging out, chasing pigeons and soaking in the views in the warmer months. More on this in a moment.
I slowly starting walking along the frozen lake, changing my view-point from due north to east. Two things were starting to come into view.
Straight ahead now was an open snowy path and the Cleveland skyline! I was out on the open trail towards downtown.
Due to the amount of snow in the Midwest this season I didn’t get very far as the snow pack was deep. That didn’t stop me from just standing there and taking the scenery in though.
After a little bit it was getting closer to sunset so I turned to the west and was greeted with something beautiful.
Back to the pier, this park makes me smile even more, because it’s where I fell in love with the love of my life. A few years back we were in the initial dating stage, hanging out at the park. She was busy chasing some of the aforementioned pigeons off the pier. I was watching her in action and I thought to myself for the first time, “I am falling in love with this girl”.
Now wonder I keep coming back here. It’s not all about travel and scenery at this spot along Lake Erie, but romance too. Happy Valentine’s Day to all!
Are there any memorable parks, trails or spots along the water that you have spent time in around home or in your travels?
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