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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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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?

The Fallen Autumn Goodness of Findlay, Ohio.

Early November in Ohio and the Midwest means the temperatures are more winter than summer-like. The clouds seem to be taking over more than the sun. It’s getting dark way to early and lasting way to long. The peak Autumn color has passed, with more leaves having fallen to the ground then left on the trees.

Keeping that last point in mind my Findlay park exploration started out on the leafy open road along the Findlay Reservoir…

Findlay, Ohio, Autumn Colors

…and onto the leaf covered bike paths, bridges and horse trails of Riverbend Recreation Area. You’ll find floodplain, forest, corn stalks and farmland as you make your way through the park.

Findlay, Ohio, Autumn Colors

Findlay, Ohio, Autumn Colors

Findlay, Ohio, Autumn Colors

Surprise, surprise. If you roam around long enough, good things will happen. ๐Ÿ™‚ I found full color still up in the air of a few trees.

Findlay, Ohio, Autumn Colors

Findlay, Ohio, Autumn Colors

Findlay, Ohio, Autumn Colors

Findlay, Ohio, Autumn Colors

It was windy that morning, so leaves were flying off, though still keeping their beauty as they sit on the ground.

Findlay, Ohio, Autumn Colors

The red leafed tree with all its leaves quickly falling to the ground really caught the eye. What immediately came into to my head being a traveler was the red colors that make up the Office of TourismOhio logo.

Findlay, Ohio, Autumn Colors

I put my thinking cap on, kneeled to the ground and became for moment in time an Autumn artist. Hi Ohio! Hi DiscoverOhio! ๐Ÿ™‚

Findlay, Ohio, Autumn Colors

Findlay, Ohio, Autumn Colors, Discover Ohio

The open road brought me next to Riverside Park, the oldest park in the area. It was time to hang out along the Blanchard River which flows through the heart of Findlay.

Findlay, Ohio, Autumn Colors

Findlay, Ohio, Autumn Colors

A different park brought different colors on the ground, mainly bright yellow and orange.

Findlay, Ohio, Autumn Colors

Findlay, Ohio, Autumn Colors

I felt like a kid working my way through huge pile after huge pile of leaves.

Findlay, Ohio, Autumn Colors

The piles are going to get even bigger with these trees really fighting the temperatures and changing of the seasons.

Findlay, Ohio, Autumn Colors

In general this time of year is a photographers dream even when there is just a speck of color left like here further along the Blanchard River.

Findlay, Ohio, Autumn Colors

Findlay, Ohio, Autumn Colors

Now roaming around the countryside of Hancock County just west of Findlay, I randomly came up to Litzenberg Memorial Woods and its 110 acres of wooded forest preserve and meadow. More bike paths, horse trails and bridges covered in fallen Autumn goodness…

Findlay, Ohio, Autumn Colors

Findlay, Ohio, Autumn Colors

Findlay, Ohio, Autumn Colors

…along with my favorite romantic park bench spot of the season.

Findlay, Ohio, Autumn Colors

Findlay, Ohio, Autumn Colors

Findlay, Ohio, Autumn Colors

Findlay, Ohio, Autumn Colors

Findlay, Ohio, Autumn Colors

Findlay, Ohio, Autumn Colors

The early darkness of the season ended my late Autumn day exploration. The leaves of the Midwest, Ohio and Findlay are holding onto the trees with everything they have. Even if they are not on the trees anymore there is always the fallen Autumn goodness you can still check out.

The parks in-and-around Findlay and Hancock County are definitely worth a walk in Autumn or any time of the year if your ever driving along I-75 in northern Ohio.

Are there any spots around home or in your travels that you would recommend checking out the late Autumn and leaf scene?

A First Taste of Autumn Color in Ohio.

The calendar has flipped to October. Cooler air has definitely taken hold in Ohio, the Midwest and around the Great Lakes. With that the color green is being replaced all around by red, yellow, orange and the other colors of Fall.

My first taste of Autumn color came while walking the meadow trails of Wildwood Preserve Metropark in Toledo.

Wildwood Preserve Metro Park, Toledo, Ohio, Autumn, fall colors

Wildwood Preserve Metro Park, Toledo, Ohio, Autumn, fall colors

Wildwood Preserve Metro Park, Toledo, Ohio, Autumn, fall colors

Wildwood Preserve Metro Park, Toledo, Ohio, Autumn, fall colors

Wildwood Preserve Metro Park, Toledo, Ohio, Autumn, fall colors

Wildwood Preserve Metro Park, Toledo, Ohio, Autumn, fall colors

Wildwood Preserve Metro Park, Toledo, Ohio, Autumn, fall colors

Wildwood Preserve Metro Park, Toledo, Ohio, Autumn, fall colors

Wildwood Preserve Metro Park, Toledo, Ohio, Autumn, fall colors

The colors of Autumn also started dotting the landscape as I walked in Side Cut Metropark and along the Maumee River in Maumee.

Side Cut Metropark, Maumee, Ohio, Autumn, fall colors

Side Cut Metropark, Maumee, Ohio, Autumn, fall colors

Side Cut Metropark, Maumee, Ohio, Autumn, fall colors

A couple of small waterfalls and the colors of the season make for a scenic backdrop. It looks like I stumbled upon an upcoming wedding.

Side Cut Metropark, Maumee, Ohio, Autumn, fall colors

Side Cut Metropark, Maumee, Ohio, Autumn, fall colors

Side Cut Metropark, Maumee, Ohio, Autumn, fall colors

Side Cut Metropark, Maumee, Ohio, Autumn, fall colors

Have you gotten that first taste of Autumn color yet? Where are your favorite places to see the colors of Fall?

Scoping Out the Future Flatlands Coffee.

While driving and hanging out in northwestern Ohio recently, I decided to walk around downtown Bowling Green and checkout the future home of a third-wave coffee shop.

Downtown Bowling Green, Ohio

Right on Main Street in-between a gaming store and a tattoo parlor in the heart of a college town…

Flatlands Coffee, Bowling Green, Ohio

…will sit Flatlands Coffee.

Flatlands Coffee, Bowling Green, Ohio

As I have chronicled before, they are right in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign. I am backing Flatlands Coffee because I see the passion and knowledge Ben and Crissy have for coffee, a unique coffee shop design and experience and for helping to bring a welcoming and warm spot to their hometown.

Flatlands Coffee, Bowling Green, Ohio

Photo courtesy of Flatlands Coffee

I was getting goosebumps approaching the vacant building, where no coffee is even being served yet.

Flatlands Coffee, Bowling Green, Ohio

They will be offering up coffee from several brewing methods, at the same time staying away from the specialty drinks you see in a lot of coffee shops. A monthly “specialty” drink will be offered designed to complement a coffees flavor, not hide it. As an example they could serve a fruity Ethiopian as espresso and add sparkling water, cherry juice and a strawberry slice. My mouth is watering just writing this.

Flatlands Coffee, Bowling Green, Ohio

Photo courtesy of Flatlands Coffee

Another thing that raised my eyebrows is that they will offer the customer coffee from numerous roasters along with seasonal offerings. You’ll also be able to buy and take home co-branded, wonderfully designed packages of your favorites, something you don’t see everyday.

Flatlands Coffee, Bowling Green, Ohio

Photo courtesy of Flatlands Coffee

Checkout their Kickstarter campaign, video and my previous post and if you like what you see they are offering some pretty cool, coffeelicious rewards for helping. Next time I walk by that building in Bowling Green I will be going inside. ๐Ÿ™‚

You can also find Flatlands Coffee on Twitter and Facebook.

A Flatlands Coffee Experience Is On Its Way.

Previous, I wrote aboutย Flatlands Coffee and their Kickstarter campaignย to open up a third wave coffee shop in downtown Bowling Green, Ohio.

They didn’t quite reach their goal, but by no means was that the end. Ben and his wife Cassy share a passion and knowledge of coffee and along with some re-marketing, branding and the experience they gained the first time, they just relaunched theirย campaign.

Their goal is to open up a multi-roaster coffee shop, hand-crafting each cup of coffee, along with participating in the coffee industry through on-site brewing competitions and more.

You can find them onย Facebookย andย Twitter. Also, checkout their newย Kickstarterย page to see more of what they are all about and how you can help.

Iโ€™m looking forward to getting out on the open road to Bowling Green and experiencing the coffee, atmosphere and everything else that Flatlands Coffee will have to offer. ๐Ÿ™‚ To more great coffee! Go get em guys!