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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?

A Third Wave Coffee Shop Dream Coming True.

I’m always on the lookout for new, independent coffee shops to checkout. While working in a Toledo, Ohio area coffee shop a while back I struck up a conversation with Ben Vollmar. I could immediately tell of his knowledge and passion for everything coffee. While talking he mentioned that he was in the process of opening up a coffee shop in the area.

Well Ben and his wife Cassy, who is also passionate about coffee, are seeing their dreams getting closer to reality! They have selected Bowling Green, Ohio as the place to open Flatlands Coffee. Their goal is to bring an authentic, 3rd wave coffee experience to the community and northwestern Ohio.

They are currently in the process of gaining the last part of their initial total startup costs through Kickstarter.

You can find them on Facebook and Twiiter. Also, checkout their Kickstarter page to see more of what they are all about and how you can help.

I’m looking forward to experiencing the coffee, atmosphere and everything else that Flatlands Coffee will have to offer. 🙂 To more great coffee!

Photo of the Week: A Toledo Skyline and Cocktail.

While hanging out at Forrester’s on the River along the Maumee River in Toledo, Ohio I enjoyed both a cocktail and the skyline. A Crown and Coke got to enjoy the scenery too.

Toledo, Ohio skyline and cocktail

Don’t forget about Toledo.

Toledo, Ohio skyline from Maumee RiverWhen people think about Ohio, what do they think of? Midwesterners would say Cedar Point, Lake Erie and The Ohio State University. People outside the Midwest would think Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus.

But there is a another city, a hidden gem if you will in Toledo. Located in northwestern Ohio, with Michigan bordering to the north and sitting along the Maumee River which flows into Lake Erie right to the east, the Toledo area offers a great zoo, riverfront, parks and a whole bunch more.
Side Cut Metropark - Maumee River Rapids

I started my trip this past Friday evening in Waterville, just southwest of the Toledo area along the Maumee River and worked my way northeast, always with the water in sight of course. My first stop was at Side Cut Metropark. Alongside all the usual hiking trails, barbecue pits and wildlife I noticed that the river was moving more briskly. Why I asked? The answer: I stumbled upon the Maumee River Rapids. Lot’s of wildlife and fisherman hanging out in the water as well as unusual rock formations.
Downtown Perrysburg Ohio

After leaving the park I quickly came upon historic Perrysburg. There were tons of people out and about in the 1816 Historic District. Why? Because it was First Friday. During the warmer months, merchants stay open late and there are rides and music for the kids in the streets the first Friday of each month. All the restaurants and their outdoor seating was packed too. A great atmosphere.
Highway 65 along Maumee River

From there, I took Ohio Highway 65 through Rossford and into Toledo. I was on the opposite side of the Maumee River from downtown when I noticed International Park. I said to myself, perfecto. The river, the Toledo skyline, flags everywhere, outdoor restaurants, lot’s of photo opportunity. After taking some amazing water shots and laying down on a bench for a spell, taking the fresh air in, I went to Cousino Navy Bistro. An outdoor bar with music, a cool breeze, the riverfront, the downtown skyline and a tequilla sunshine, what could be better than that? Very relaxing. Afterwards I walked the riverfront taking some night photos before leaving.
Toledo skyline at dusk

Check out my Toledo area photos to see all the sights I came across. So next time you are driving east-west on the Ohio Turnpike or north-south on I-75, make a stop in Toledo, it surely won’t disappoint.