Photo(s) of the Week: It’s Ann Arbor Foodie Time at Frita Batidos.

Frita Batidos in Ann Arbor, Michigan offers Cuban inspired street food. My go-to there is the Chicken Frita topped with a sunny side up egg and shoestring fries. You can never have enough fries there so you’ll always find in front of me garlic cilantro fries alongside for the ride. It’s definitely Ann Arbor foodie time now!

Frtia Batidos, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Cuban food

Frtia Batidos, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Cuban food

Frtia Batidos, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Cuban food

Frtia Batidos, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Cuban food

Driving into the Ohio Covered Bridges Scene.

Spending so much time in the Midwest, it’s kind of remarkable that covered bridges and I have never crossed paths. That changed recently as I drived (dived) into the covered bridges scene while roaming around the extremely rural roads of north-central Ohio.

My first stop was the Parker Covered Bridge just north of Upper Sandusky. Getting there involved going onto one remote county and township road after another, each one usually less kept up than the last. I actually didn’t see another car or person either to or from the bridge once I got off the main highway.

Wyandot County, Ohio, rural country road

Upon arriving at the bridge I quickly realized many were one way and built back in the 1800′s and early 1900′s.

The Parker Covered Bridge, a part of Township Road 40, was originally built-in 1873 by J.C. Davis and spans 172-feet over the Sandusky River. It is one of two bridges in the county on the National Register of Historic Places.

Parker Covered Bridge, Ohio

Parker Covered Bridge, Ohio

I turned around to look back at the countryside route that brought me here and then walked through the wooden bridge to checkout the other side. Some say these bridges were built and covered so that horses wouldn’t here the river underneath and be scared to cross.

Parker Covered Bridge, Ohio

Parker Covered Bridge, Ohio

Parker Covered Bridge, Ohio

About fifteen miles away sits the other covered bridge in Wyandot County that is historically registered, the Swartz Covered Bridge. I was out on the open road approaching the bridge along County Road 130A.

Swartz Covered Bridge, Ohio

Swartz Covered Bridge, Ohio

This covered bridge also sits over the Sandusky River, being originally built-in 1878 by Moses Weymouth. The average daily traffic in the 1970′s was just over hundred. The fact that no cars went by while I was there leads me to believe that the people passing through is still minimal.

Swartz Covered Bridge, Ohio

Shot overlooking the Sandusky River. Due to the recent snow meltage, lots of rain, the muddy waters and nothing blooming yet, didn’t really check out the riverfront at either stop. :)

Swartz Covered Bridge, Ohio, Sandusky River

Covered bridges definitely bleed romance. I don’t know if it’s the river that flows underneath, the history behind them, the remoteness and privacy of the timber built structures or the surrounding colors of Spring and Autumn (which I need to see), it’s just a beautiful scene up close. Besides romance, back in the day they were also used for meetings, rallies and dances.

Swartz Covered Bridge, Ohio

Swartz Covered Bridge, Ohio

This covered bridge, like the one before, naturally has a weight limit due to how it’s constructed.

Swartz Covered Bridge, Ohio

I look forward to uncovering more historic covered bridges in the future. Look how many this map of Ohio highlights! The Buckeye State is only second to Pennsylvania.

Any recommendations on covered bridges to checkout in Ohio, the Midwest and beyond?

Photo of the Week: A Coca-Cola Flavored Atlanta Skyline.

The Downtown Atlanta skyline serves as the perfect backdrop to the World of Coca-Cola museum within Pemberton Place. Lots of people are hanging out within the park and waiting to see some Coca-Cola history on this summer day. It’s one of my favorite scenes in the ATL.

The World of Coca-Cola, Atlanta, ATL, skyline, Pemberton Place

Photo of the Week: Finding Those Small Town Railroad Tracks, Michigan Style.

I’m always on the lookout for the railroad when in a small-town. While in the village of Milford in Michigan look what I came cross. Another opportunity to be out on the open railroad tracks with nothing but travel possibilities straight ahead!

Milford, Michigan, railroad tracks

Photo of the Week: Road Tripping Southbound I-75 Style!

What being out on the open road on southbound I-75 between Cincinnati, Ohio and Lexington, Kentucky looks like. Well sort of. I was actually parked alongside the interstate and out of the car when I captured this. :)

Kentucky, Southbound I-75, roadtrip

Photo of the Week: Out on the Open Path to Sydney Harbour Bridge.

The view when your out on the open path heading towards the Sydney Harbour Bridge. You’ll see lots of ferries coming and going as your walking alongside the west end of Sydney Cove in Australia. A romantic park bench to be sure sits empty waiting for someone sit down. Hmmm. :)

Sydney, Australia, Sydney Cove

A Lavender Latte Here, There and Everywhere in Detroit.

Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company in the heart of Midtown Detroit has become my-go coffice (a coffee shop turned office) when in the city. Over the course of time I’ve gravitated towards always ordering their Lavender Latte. During my time there the Lavender Latte has…

Lavender Latte - Great Lakes Coffee - Detroit, Michigan coffeeshop

…hung out at various desks and tables throughout the coffee shop…

Lavender Latte - Great Lakes Coffee - Detroit, Michigan coffeeshop

Lavender Latte - Great Lakes Coffee - Detroit, Michigan coffeeshop

Lavender Latte - Great Lakes Coffee - Detroit, Michigan coffeeshop

…and been alongside for the ride while working…

Lavender Latte - Great Lakes Coffee - Detroit, Michigan coffeeshop

…and hung out with its beer friends…

Lavender Latte - Great Lakes Coffee - Detroit, Michigan coffeeshop

…and rested on a stool…

Lavender Latte - Great Lakes Coffee - Detroit, Michigan coffeeshop

…and checked out the wintery Midtown and Woodward Avenue…

Lavender Latte - Great Lakes Coffee - Detroit, Michigan coffeeshop

Lavender Latte - Great Lakes Coffee - Detroit, Michigan coffeeshop

Lavender Latte - Great Lakes Coffee - Detroit, Michigan coffeeshop

…and been visited by pastry treats like the chocolate chai bread…

Lavender Latte - Great Lakes Coffee - Detroit, Michigan coffeeshop

…and hung out on ledges…

Lavender Latte - Great Lakes Coffee - Detroit, Michigan coffeeshop

…and spent a lot of time hanging out at the bar…

Lavender Latte - Great Lakes Coffee - Detroit, Michigan coffeeshop

Lavender Latte - Great Lakes Coffee - Detroit, Michigan coffeeshop

Lavender Latte - Great Lakes Coffee - Detroit, Michigan coffeeshop

Lavender Latte - Great Lakes Coffee - Detroit, Michigan coffeeshop

…and basically parked itself where ever a scenic coffee shop view presented itself.

Lavender Latte - Great Lakes Coffee - Detroit, Michigan coffeeshop

To the Lavender Latte, Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company and Midtown Detroit! Well got to go. Have to go find out where the latte will be hanging out next! :)

Lavender Latte - Great Lakes Coffee - Detroit, Michigan coffeeshop