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2016 Brings a Little Traveler & Future Coffee Drinker.

I hope everyone is having a great start to the New Year. Busy times here in Michigan taking photos and consuming coffee while continuing to roam and write for Awesome Mitten as well as writing another guest post for Pure Michigan.

The New Year has also brought getting ready for one of those milestone moments in life. My wife and I are expecting are first child in the coming weeks. Countless things to do to get ready!

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2016 will bring a precious little future traveler and coffee drinker in this world. Travel and coffee shops will still have their place, I will just be more selective on the places and times I go. I have a never endless stream of coffee gadgets at home to keep me awake in those initial weeks and to experiment with. Don’t you worry! Before you know it, there will be family and father-son time “Out on the Open Road” and it will put a big smile on my face when I introduce my son to the coffee shop haha. 🙂

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A great rest of the year lies ahead. I look forward to seeing what it brings in terms of coffee consumption, travel, writing, photography and most importantly my expanding family.

P.S. I’m not going to fill his baby bottle with coffee brew right away. We will phase that in.

See you “Out on the Open Road”.

Cheers,
Aaron

Back to My Detroit Area Winter Sunset Spot.

A few years back in the winter months I stopped at Kensington Metropark in the Detroit area to experience a Pure Michigan winter sunset. Since then it has become my go to spot around the Motor City to capture a winter sun going down below the horizon.

As usual I drove into the park at the Kent Lake Road entrance and then down to the docks at the East Boat Launch. I was immediately reunited with Kent Lake in the Milford, Michigan park. Being bitterly cold, with snow and ice on the ground once again made for a beautiful winter sunset experience. I will let the photos do the rest of the talking.

Winter Sunset - Kensington Park, Milford, Michigan

Winter Sunset - Kensington Park, Milford, Michigan

Winter Sunset - Kensington Park, Milford, Michigan

Winter Sunset - Kensington Park, Milford, Michigan

Winter Sunset - Kensington Park, Milford, Michigan

Winter Sunset - Kensington Park, Milford, Michigan

Winter Sunset - Kensington Park, Milford, Michigan

Winter Sunset - Kensington Park, Milford, Michigan

Winter Sunset - Kensington Park, Milford, Michigan

Winter Sunset - Kensington Park, Milford, Michigan

Winter Sunset - Kensington Park, Milford, Michigan

Winter Sunset - Kensington Park, Milford, Michigan

Winter Sunset - Kensington Park, Milford, Michigan

Winter Sunset - Kensington Park, Milford, Michigan

Where else in the Detroit area and in Michigan would you recommend going to capture a winter sunset?

2015: The Year in Travel, Instagram Style.

2015 is almost in the rear view mirror. Its been another fun year out on the open road.

It’s hard to believe, but I finally experienced Las Vegas this year. Lots of fun walking and hanging out along The Strip during the day and at night. During the same trip I loved stepping back-and-forth between Arizona and Nevada at Hoover Dam. Unfortunately I didn’t run into Clark Griswold on this trip.

The Strip, Las Vegas

Out on the open Las Vegas strip at night.

Hoover Dam in Nevada and Arizona

Hoover Dam crossing back-and-forth between Nevada and Arizona.

April was a busy travel month providing experiences in Atlanta, Southern California, and the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. I’m always drawn to the Pacific Ocean when in California, this time checking it out in San Diego.

Atlanta, Georgia skyline

Out on the Midtown Atlanta, Georgia open road. Skyline straight ahead.

Seal Rock, La Jolla, San Diego, California, Pacific Ocean

Seal Rock along the Pacific in La Jolla, San Diego, California.

Out on the open Grapefine, Texas road

Out on the Grapevine, Texas open road.

There is one spot within driving distance of home that I try to get to once a season. I made it back to Edgewater Park along Lake Erie in Cleveland in winter and summer this year.

Winter, Edgewater Park in Cleveland, Ohio

Edgewater Park in winter. Cleveland skyline and Lake Erie straight ahead.

Lake Erie, Edgewater Park in Summer, Cleveland, Ohio

Edgewater Park in summer. Cleveland skyline and Lake Erie straight ahead.

Every year brings lots of Pure Michigan adventure writing for the Awesome Mitten and also for my own personal exploration. This year the Michigan open road took me from Detroit to Lake Superior and Sault Ste Marie and from Lake Michigan, Ludington and Grand Rapids to Port Huron.

South Haven Lighthouse, Lake Michigan, Michigan

South Haven Lighthouse along Lake Michigan during the heart of winter.

North Pier Lighthouse, St. Joseph, Michigan, Lake Michigan

North Pier Lighthouse in St. Joseph, Michigan during the heart of winter.

Awesome Mitten Selfie, Soo Locks, Sault Ste Marie, Michigan

Selfie from the Soo Locks in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan.

The 2015 Tulip Time Festival - Holland, Michigan

You’ll find many tulips as part of the annual Tulip Time Festival in Holland, Michigan.

Russell St, Eastern Market in Detroit

Russell St. goes through the heart of the historic Eastern Market in Detroit.

Autumn at Hidden Lake Gardens, Michigan

Autumn is taking over at Hidden Lake Gardens in Mid-Michigan.

Grand Rapids, Michigan downtown architecture

The colorful Downtown architecture of Grand Rapids, Michigan

Out on the Open Road on M-22 in Arcadia, Michigan

Out on the open Michigan M-22 road in Arcadia, Michigan.

Frankfort Light, Michigan

Sailing past the Frankfort Light in northern Michigan.

Flint Farmers' Market, Michigan

Flint Farmers’ Market, a foodie haven in Mid-Michigan.

Buckham Alley, Flint, Michigan

Buckham Alley, a part of the revitalization of downtown Flint, Michigan.

Every year brings more and new experiences in Ohio and Chicago and this past year was no exception.

Marblehead Lighthouse, Lake Erie, Ohio

Marblehead Lighthouse along Lake Erie in Ohio.

Ohio road trip, Tiffin and Findlay

Out on the winter, countryside Ohio open road.

Chicago skyline, up-top the Pump Room

You could say there are Chicago skyline views from up-top the Pump Room.

What a great year in travel it was. I would like to wish everyone a safe and happy New Years and start to the new year. Instagram and my camera will be roaring to go for more travel adventures and to help feed my everlasting wanderlust in 2016.

Cheers! 🙂
Aaron & The Adventures of elATLboy

#FriFotos: Urban Immediately Makes Me Think City Skyline.

This weeks #FriFotos theme on Twitter is Urban. When I think urban, I immediately think big city. When I think big city, the first thing that comes to mind is the skyline. From up the hills, across the water, straight on from across town or up in the air I’m always looking to capture a tall cluster of buildings. Some of my favorites are below.

Frifotos, urban skyline, Toronto, Canada

The Toronto Skyline standing tall from Centre Island at dusk.

Frifotos, urban skyline, Toledo, Ohio

The Toledo, Ohio skyline sits across the Maumee River at dusk.

Frifotos, urban skyline, Tampa, Florida

Heading towards the Tampa skyline during a helicopter tour.

Frifotos, urban skyline, Sydney, Australia

Capturing the Sydney, Australia skyline from along Sydney Cove.

Frifotos, urban skyline, Seattle

On a tour bus approaching the Seattle skyline.

Frifotos, urban skyline, San Francisco

San Francisco skyline from up-top Coit Tower.

Frifotos, urban skyline, San Diego

San Diego skyline from across the way on Coronado Island.

Frifotos, urban skyline, Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh skyline from up-top the Duquesne Incline.

Frifotos, urban skyline, Phoenix

Phoenix, Arizona skyline from up in the friendly skies.

Frifotos, urban skyline, Niagara Falls

The Niagara River flowing towards the Niagara Falls skyline.

Frifotos, urban skyline, Detroit, Windsor

Two skylines in one. Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, Canada from Belle Isle.

Frifotos, urban skyline, Detroit, Michigan

Detroit skyline from across the Detroit River in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

Frifotos, urban skyline, Columbus, Ohio

Columbus, Ohio skyline from the Rich Street Bridge.

Frifotos, urban skyline, Cleveland

The Cleveland skyline and Lake Erie from Edgewater Park.

Frifotos, urban skyline, Cincinnati

Cincinnati skyline from Devou Park in Covington, Kentucky.

Frifotos, urban skyline, Chicago

Chicago skyline from up-top Willis Tower.

Frifotos, urban skyline, Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland, New Zealand skyline from up-top Mount Eden.

Frifotos, urban skyline, Atlanta

The Midtown Atlanta skyline sits straight ahead from Sun Dial.

What has been your favorite city skyline to capture so far in your travels?

#FriFotos: Some Entrances to Coffee Shops.

Today’s #FriFotos theme on Twitter is “Entrances”. It got me thinking about the many, many, many coffee shops I have entered over time. The entrance can play a factor in whether I go into the coffee shop or not, especially if it’s a random find. Below are some of my favorites starting with the most colorful.

Frifotos - Entrances, Garden View Coffee Mill, Oscoda, Michigan

Garden View Coffee Mill, Oscoda, Michigan

Frifotos - Entrances, Zingerman's Next Door, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Zingerman’s Next Door, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Frifotos - Entrances, Astro Coffee, Corktown, Detroit, Michigan

Astro Coffee, Corktown, Detroit, Michigan

Frifotos - Entrances, We Serve. Coffee, Findlay, Ohio

We Serve. Coffee, Findlay, Ohio

Frifotos - Entrances, Third Street Stuff, Lexington, Kentucky

Third Street Stuff, Lexington, Kentucky

Nothing like walking into a coffee shop that sits right on the corner in a city neighborhood.

Frifotos - Entrances, Julius Meinl, Lincoln Square, Chicago

Julius Meinl, Lincoln Square, Chicago

Basic frontage, yet easy on the eyes and that backdrop! The Alaskan mountains in the background make it a very inviting place to enter.

Frifotos - Entrances, Glacial Smoothies & Espresso, Skagway, Alaska

Glacial Smoothies & Espresso, Skagway, Alaska

The original Starbucks within Pike Place Market in Seattle. Of course seeing this shops entrance is going to give me goosebumps.

Frifotos - Entrances, The Original Starbucks in Seattle

The Original Starbucks in Seattle

Some coffee shops are carved into historical buildings, which are usually very colorful and architecturally friendly.

Frifotos - Entrances, MadCap Coffee Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan

MadCap Coffee Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Frifotos - Entrances, The Sparrows, Grand Rapids, Michigan

The Sparrows, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Frifotos - Entrances, Rising Star Coffee Roasters, Cleveland, Ohio

Rising Star Coffee Roasters, Cleveland, Ohio

Frifotos - Entrances, Common Grounds Coffee, Flowery Branch, Georgia

Common Grounds Coffee, Flowery Branch, Georgia

Others are completely open to the outside. You don’t need to enter, you’re already within the coffee shop!

Frifotos - Entrances, Bird Rock Coffee Roasters, La Jolla, San Diego

Bird Rock Coffee Roasters, La Jolla, San Diego

Frifotos - Entrances, Good Coffee Company, Ketchikan, Alaska

Good Coffee Company, Ketchikan, Alaska

Frifotos - Entrances, Blue Bottle Coffee Kiosk, San Francisco, California

Blue Bottle Coffee Kiosk, San Francisco, California

Frifotos - Entrances, Ritual Coffee Roasters, San Francisco, California

Ritual Coffee Roasters, San Francisco, California

Bike racks, especially if supplied by the coffee shop, out in the front make it a very inviting place to enter.

Frifotos - Entrances, Four Barrel Coffee, San Francisco, California

Four Barrel Coffee, San Francisco, California

Frifotos - Entrances, Ipsento Coffee, Bucktown, Chicago

Ipsento Coffee, Bucktown, Chicago

At it’s most basic, if the entrance to a coffee shop has the word “COFFEE” in big letters, that will get me to go in haha! 🙂

Frifotos - Entrances, Star Provisions, Westside, Atlanta, Georgia

Star Provisions, Westside, Atlanta, Georgia

Frifotos - Entrances, Yeah, Me Too coffee, Columbus, Ohio

Yeah, Me Too coffee, Columbus, Ohio