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The Blue Shoes and I Finding Solitude Out on the Open Road.

When out on the open road the blue shoes and I make sure to soak in all the scenery. While staring at all the beauty this world has to offer, lots of solitude has been enjoyed in summer and winter, in big cities and small-towns, inside a coffee shop and outside in nature and in the desert, on the lake and more. Who knows where and when that next minute of alone time to reflect will occur when traveling?

The inspiration for this post is #FriFotos on Twitter whose theme this week is “Solitude”.

Frifotos - Solitude - BleakHouse Coffee in Toledo, Ohio

BleakHouse Coffee in Toledo, Ohio

Frifotos - Solitude - Rowster Coffee in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Rowster Coffee in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Frifotos - Solitude - Buon Giorno Coffee in Grapevine, Texas

Buon Giorno Coffee in Grapevine, Texas

Frifotos - Solitude - South Haven Lighthouse in Michigan

South Haven Lighthouse in Michigan

Frifotos - Solitude - Ren Cen and Downtown Detroit

Ren Cen and Downtown Detroit straight ahead

Frifotos - Solitude - The wintry Findlay, Ohio country open road

The wintry Findlay, Ohio country open road

Frifotos - Solitude - Solitude in a Kalamazoo, Michigan blizzard

Solitude in a Kalamazoo, Michigan blizzard

Frifotos - Solitude - The Findlay Reservoir in Ohio

The Findlay Reservoir in Ohio

Frifotos - Solitude - Pere Marquette Park Beach in Muskegon, Michigan

Pere Marquette Park Beach in Muskegon, Michigan

Frifotos - Solitude - Appleton Lake near Brighton, Michigan

Appleton Lake near Brighton, Michigan

Frifotos - Solitude - Runyan Lake in Fenton, Michigan

Runyan Lake in Fenton, Michigan

Frifotos - Solitude - Seven Lakes State Park, Michigan

Seven Lakes State Park in Michigan

Frifotos - Solitude - Hanging alongside Jiffy Mix in Chelsea, Michigan

Hanging alongside Jiffy Mix in Chelsea, Michigan

Frifotos - Solitude - Wawatam Lighthouse in St. Ignace, Michigan

Wawatam Lighthouse in St. Ignace, Michigan

Frifotos - Solitude - Nickels Arcade in Ann Arbor, Michigan

The first ever blue shoe shot at Nickels Arcade in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Frifotos - Solitude - San Dieguito River Park in San Diego, California

San Dieguito River Park in San Diego, California

Frifotos - Solitude - Lake Hodges in San Diego, California

Lake Hodges in San Diego, California

Frifotos - Solitude - Lake Mead Recreation Area in the Nevada desert

Lake Mead Recreation Area in the Nevada desert

Frifotos - Solitude - Hanging amongst the Georgia flowers

Hanging amongst the Georgia flowers

Frifotos - Solitude - Midtown Atlanta Skyline from Piedmont Park

Midtown Atlanta Skyline from Piedmont Park

Frifotos - Solitude - Cleveland skyline, Lake Erie from Edgewater Park

Cleveland skyline, Lake Erie from Edgewater Park

Frifotos - Solitude - Beachside along Lake Shore Drive in Chicago

Beachside along Lake Shore Drive in Chicago

Frifotos - Solitude - Up-top Vertigo Sky Lounge In Chicago

Up-top Vertigo Sky Lounge in Chicago

What kinds of places do you usually find solitude in when traveling?

Edgewater Park In Cleveland is My Skyline Viewing Template.

What do I always seem to be looking for when viewing and capturing a city skyline? This past weekend at Edgewater Park in Cleveland, I realized my skyline viewing and capturing template was right in front of me.

Head to the western entrance of the Cleveland Metropark, where you will find the upper area and Perkins Beach. Once in the park you will head up-top by taking Upper Edgewater Drive that veers off to the right.

Upon parking walk into the park, head towards the shoreline and the Cleveland skyline will quickly come into view. I’m up-top check.

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, skyline

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, skyline

There is a romantic park bench and/or picnic table up-top to soak in the views. Check.

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, skyline

The body of water the city sits along is easily in view. Check. In this case how could you miss the vast Lake Erie.

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, skyline

Lots of sand and beachfront straight ahead, check.

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, skyline

Blue sky aplenty along with trees and other objects to capture unique views of the city. Check.

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, skyline

The ability to head down from up-top and get a closer look. The final check. In this case you are able to walk on the beach, along the shoreline and on the dirt trails that run alongside.

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, skyline

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, skyline

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, skyline

While at the park make sure to take the time to capture the Great Lake. It is beautiful no matter the season and time of year.

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, skyline

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, skyline

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, skyline

It was a fun afternoon at Edgewater Park in Cleveland. The realization of what my skyline viewing template is became more clear. Oh yeah! There is one more piece to that puzzle. It has to be a place where the blue shoes can easily lay down and soak everything in. 🙂

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, skyline

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, skyline

We will see which of the things I said check to will apply at my next skyline viewing endeavor. I’ve set a standard for myself.

What things do you look for when viewing and capturing a city skyline?

An Ohio and Midwest Winter Scene.

A few months back I captured the Autumn colors of Findlay and Hancock County right in the heart of Ohio and the Midwest. This past weekend it was time to capture some of the snow and winter scene. It might not be as colorful, but it is just as beautiful.

Downtown Findlay, Ohio, winter

Main Street, Downtown Findlay, Ohio

Findlay Reservoir, Ohio, winter

Romantic park bench enjoying the Findlay Reservoir scene.

Findlay Reservoir, Ohio, winter

Out on the open wintry trail along the Findlay Reservoir.

Findlay Reservoir, Ohio, winter

Romantic park bench enjoying the Findlay Reservoir scene.

Findlay Reservoir, Ohio, winter

Romantic park bench enjoying the Findlay Reservoir scene.

Findlay Reservoir, Ohio, winter

Out on the open wintry Ohio country road.

Hancock County, Findlay, Ohio, winter road trip

Out on the open road between Findlay and Tiffin, Ohio.

Hancock County, Findlay, Ohio, winter road trip

Out on the Ohio open road!

Findlay, Ohio, winter, Blanchard River, Riverside Park

The Blanchard River in Riverside Park

Findlay, Ohio, winter, Blanchard River, Riverside Park

The Blanchard River in Riverside Park

Findlay, Ohio, winter, Blanchard River, Riverside Park

The Blanchard River in Riverside Park

Findlay, Ohio, winter, Blanchard River, Riverside Park

I’m not the only one enjoying winter in Findlay

Downtown Findlay, Ohio, winter

Park Bench overlooking the Hancock County Courthouse

Downtown Findlay, Ohio, winter

Fire hydrant enjoying the snow in Downtown Findlay

Litzenberg Memorial Woods, winter, Findlay, Ohio

The trails of Litzenberg Memorial Woods

Litzenberg Memorial Woods, winter, Findlay, Ohio

The trails of Litzenberg Memorial Woods

Litzenberg Memorial Woods, winter, Findlay, Ohio

The trails of Litzenberg Memorial Woods

2014: The Year in Travel, Instagram Style.

It’s hard to believe the end of 2014 is already upon us. A great year it has been with lots of time out on the open road. I’m going to highlight the year in travel by picking my favorite Instagram photo from each month.

Winter in Michigan brings snow, cold temperatures and way to early in the day sunsets. Those sunsets though with snow and ice in the foreground never seem to disappoint as on this January evening roaming around Kensington Park in Milford.

Kensington Park, Michigan, sunset

There are many places I try to get to once a season to capture photographs. Edgewater Park just west of Downtown Cleveland is one of those spots. The camera is always directed back to the east and the Cleveland skyline, with February usually bringing piles upon piles of lake effect snow.

Edgewater Park, Cleveland, Ohio skyline

College town Ann Arbor offers many architectural marvels on-and-off the University of Michigan campus. One such place, a favorite of mine to walk through, is Nickels Arcade. On this March day, I hung out on the ground to get a different feel of this gem.

Nickels Arcade, Ann Arbor, Michigan

The end of April brought lots of time out on the Michigan open road along Lake Michigan. Hoffmaster State Park near Muskegon brought picturesque views, a remote beach and made me feel like I was hanging out along the Pacific. My hand in the photo was showing off that I was indeed in The Mitten (Michigan’s Lower Peninsula). I was also up to something else in that photo. 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Hoffmaster State Park, Muskegon, Michigan

May brought lots of time in Niagara Falls and not just a trip or a vacation, but also my honeymoon. The Ontario, Canada tourist town served as the first place I got to experience with my wife. While there we passed by scores of flowers, including these yellow daffodils which were guarding the American and Bridal Veil Falls.

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

The beginning of summer and June brought me to the Windy City. One of my favorite spots to walk when in Chicago is Grant Park because of the greenery and skyline views.

Grant Park, Chicago, Illinois skyline

Another month, another honeymoon. Niagara Falls wasn’t enough, so my wife and I decided to take another trip, this time to St. Pete Beach, Florida. Every evening it didn’t matter what we were doing, as long as it involved being on or along the beach at sunset. Watching the sun go down into the Gulf of Mexico night after night was one of the more beautiful scenes I have seen.

St. Pete Beach, Florida sunset

August brought me back to roaming Michigan, this time the Lake Huron coastline. It’s not just sunsets with me. Getting up and on the road super early leads to scenes like down below. The beautiful sunrise near Tawas City opened a new day of travel possibilities!

Lake Huron sunrise, Michigan

I have spent a lot of time in small-town Findlay, Ohio over the years, but it took until this September to visit the Findlay Reservoir just outside of town. So close to civilization, yet this gem gives off the feel of being far away from everything. I climbed the stairs to reach its vast body of water. It was a relaxing morning with just me and reservoir hanging out.

Findlay Reservoir, Ohio

It being October in Michigan and the Midwest meant I was out roaming and capturing as much Autumn color as possible. The most memorable spot I found was Parker Mill County Park in Ann Arbor. The variety of colors, along with the piles of leaves decorating the ground made for a great place to relax and enjoy the season.

Parker Mill County Park, Ann Arbor, Michigan

I gravitated to Atlanta, Georgia in November, where the Autumn color was still in full swing. That meant going to my favorite place in the city to walk around, Piedmont Park. Right in the heart of Midtown beautiful color and ATL skyline views awaited me at every turn.

Piedmont Park, Atlanta, Georgia, Autumn skyline

In December I figured to finish the year out right by visiting arguably my favorite spot in Michigan. I climbed up the sand dunes at Grand Haven State Park along Lake Michigan to checkout the lighthouses, catwalk, pier and vast body of water. A romantic spot and view if there was one. 🙂

Grand Haven State Park, Michigan, Lake Michigan

2014 brought lots of roadtripping and being out on the open road but ultimately when I think back on the year travel won’t be the first thing that comes to mind. That special day in the Spring when I married the love of my life, Erin, will always be front-and-center! 🙂 My favorite Instagram shot of the year, look The Mitten now has a ring. The picture earlier was taken a week before, my last trip as a single guy.

elATLboy Wedding, Wedding Day

The elATLboy is wishing everyone a safe and happy start to the holiday season. Almost time to get Instagram and my camera ready for some 2015 travel adventures. 🙂

Cheers!
Aaron

At Peace Along the Findlay Reservoir.

Just outside of Findlay, Ohio in the summertime you’re out on the deserted, country open road amongst the corn on one side and on the other…

Findlay Reservoir, Findlay, Ohio

Findlay Reservoir, Findlay, Ohio

Findlay Reservoir, Findlay, Ohio

Findlay Reservoir, Findlay, Ohio

you’ll see a big hill, with staircases leading up to the top from time-to-time.

Findlay Reservoir, Findlay, Ohio

Heading up the stairs, with the corn behind you, upon reaching the top…

Findlay Reservoir, Findlay, Ohio

Findlay Reservoir, Findlay, Ohio

…you’ll be at peace immediately, with the vast Findlay Reservoir #2 right in front of you.

Findlay Reservoir, Findlay, Ohio

You’ll find five miles of shoreline walking opportunities along both of the reservoirs (the other being Findlay Reservoir #1) that supply water to the city of Findlay, Hancock County and the surrounding area.

Findlay Reservoir, Findlay, Ohio

Findlay Reservoir, Findlay, Ohio

The reason you climb up is because they are upground reservoirs with water coming in from the nearly wells and Blanchard River. The two reservoirs will built-in 1950 and 1968 respectively and range for the most part in-depth between 20 and 30 feet.

Findlay Reservoir, Findlay, Ohio

Findlay Reservoir, Findlay, Ohio

Despite being manmade there are fishing and boating opportunities available for visitors, along with the lengthy walking trail option. 🙂

Findlay Reservoir, Findlay, Ohio

A couple of months later in late Fall I returned. The tall corn stalks were missing, the first signs of winter hung along the wooden posts and rails, the cold wind was howling off the water and there wasn’t a person to be found.

Findlay Reservoir, Findlay, Ohio

Findlay Reservoir, Findlay, Ohio

Findlay Reservoir, Findlay, Ohio

Findlay Reservoir, Findlay, Ohio

Once at the top, the same beauty was in place though. I’ll let the rest of pictures tell the story. 🙂

Findlay Reservoir, Findlay, Ohio

Findlay Reservoir, Findlay, Ohio

Findlay Reservoir, Findlay, Ohio

Findlay Reservoir, Findlay, Ohio

Findlay Reservoir, Findlay, Ohio

Findlay Reservoir, Findlay, Ohio

Back to the park bench I go and being at peace along the Findlay Reservoir.

Findlay Reservoir, Findlay, Ohio

Tip: While you’re visiting the Findlay Reservoir, visit the Riverbend Recreation Area right next door for walking trails and lots of greenery in the summer and majestic colors in Autumn.

Have you ever visited a vast reservoir in your travels or around home?