High Banks and the Short North

On Wednesday the kid had to go into work but since he didn’t have to go in until 1:30 in the afternoon, we decided to go down to the Short North in the morning.  Before going to the Short North market we visited Goodale Park.

Goodale Park

I loved the cherry blossom trees and all of the other trees which were just beginning to bloom.  Even though it was freakin freezing outside, it made it feel like spring.

Goodale Park Columbus

There was a little pond there as well and we were surprised there were geese everywhere.  The kid keeps reminding me not to touch them because it’s mating season and apparently they can get quite vicious when they are nesting.

the Pond at Goodale park

After a walk around the park we visited the Short North market.

the Short North

The Short North is a really cool place but I think it would be much cooler at night because there are a ton of restaurants and bars that look really fun.

Later in the afternoon I drove the kid to work and then I tried to find a park near his work.  Unfortunately they were doing construction and I couldn’t figure out how to get in.  I didn’t give up though, I googled another park and off I went to Highbanks.

I ran 2 of the trails but I loved the first one best.  It was the dripping rock trail I think.  Later the kid told me it’s his favorite too.

And I could see why, it was absolutely beautiful.  I bet in the late spring and summer when everything is in full bloom it’s mesmerizing.

I kept calling it Highlands on instagram and facebook because I’m an idiot but it’s actually called Highbanks Metro Park so Columbians, I’m sorry.  I stand corrected and it’s a beautiful park that I plan to visit many more times.

Have a happy Friday, I’ll be back soon with a bazillion more pictures.

Cleveland part two, does it ever get warm?

Yesterday kind of got away from me.  Mostly because the kid and I spent the morning at the Short North and then after a quick trip to Polaris, I dropped him off at work and went running at Highbanks, (it was awesome!)

But you’ll have to wait til tomorrow on that because first I need to finish telling you about Cleveland.


I’m in a top knot phase lately and also, I’m lazy.

We went to Cleveland right after visiting Lake Erie and we were freezing so we decided to visit the Arcade.  On the way there, we passed the House of Blues.

House of Blues

Obviously it wasn’t open but I’d love to go back sometime and see an awesome concert or two.

The first place that we went to is called The Arcade.

The Arcade Cleveland

The Arcade originally opened in 1890 and was the very first indoor shopping center in America so it was fitting that I should visit.

Seriously though, the architecture and detail in this building was the main reason the kid and I decided to check it out.  We both love architecture and the buildings in Cleveland did not disappoint.

Cleveland Arcade

Cleveland Arcade

Cleveland Arcade

What? No topknot?

After the Cleveland Arcade we checked out some of the older buildings in the city.


We fell in love with the church behind me.  The detail in that building was exquisite.

After walking around for a while in the extremely cold weather I realized I had forgotten my hat or anything to cover my ears and I was cold so, we walked over to Tower City Center to see if we could find something.

Tower City Center is also home to the Ritz Carlton and it was Monday and there was a rumor that a certain family was in town and staying there.  I believe they are known as the KarJenner’s.  We did not see any of them but that is how we heard about the ladies who’s reservations were cancelled.

Tower City Center Cleveland

Aaaand the top knot is back but only for a brief time…

My cousin had recommended the rock and roll hall of fame and we had planned on visiting but then we came across Jack’s.  If you don’t know Jack, you should get to know him.

Jack's Casino


Aw shit, we gonna be awhile….

After I calmed the kid down, we did pretty good.  It was his first time in a casino and good Lord, he got so amped up he kept leaving our bag and his jacket at random places and we had to go back and find them.  In the end, he won 100 bucks and I literally made him walk away which I’m sure he’ll appreciate later but at the time he was all ready to play some more.

It was already getting late so we decided to check out a local eatery and then head home.

The Winking Lizard

We went to the Winking Lizard.

They had a vast selection of craft beers to choose from so of course I chose the obvious, I went with the Pinot Grigio.

And then we wrapped it up.  The kid and I had visited Ikea on Sunday and we had a ton of stuff to put together.


Off to Menard’s for some tools. This will work right?

Based on the weather so far, I think I’m gonna need to borrow the kids hat.

cold weather hat

Bring on the trails, momma’s ready!

Tomorrow I’ll tell you about the trail I ran and I’ll get the name right for a change.  And I’ll tell you about some other really cool and fun stuff.

Have you ever been to a casino?

Did you win big or lose it all?

Congrats Desi, Visiting Cleveland and no sign of Khloe

Good morning and oh my gosh, a big congrats to Desi Linden!

Desi Linden

Not only is Desi a great athlete, she’s also a supportive one and I can’t think of anyone who  deserved this more.  I might have cried a little watching her cross that finish line.  Amazing.

I tried to live stream the entire race while we were in the car driving to Cleveland but it was nearly impossible so I relied on twitter feeds until the very end I was able to watch the end though.  I have mad respect for anyone who ran that race as the conditions were insane. Some of the pictures and video feeds I saw were just crazy.

The following tweet is not entirely accurate but it cracked me up.


Totally wins my award for the best tweet during the marathon!

And now, let’s talk about my trip.  On Sunday, the kid and I braved the rain and went down to the Scioto River and took a few pictures.

Scioto River

We also drove around some of his favorite parts of the city and this was one of my favorite areas.


That creek ran along the side of the road for a few miles and it was so pretty.

We decided that no matter what the weather decided to do we were going to Cleveland on Monday and that’s just what we did.  As luck would have it, the snow flurries started about an hour into the trip.


Obviously I was excited

Before we entered the city of Cleveland the kid and I drove down to see Lake Erie.  It was seriously cold and now I totally understand ‘Lake Effect’.

Lake Erie

I seriously froze my ass off.

There was a gazebo in this little area that we went to and the kid told me to go over there and he would take a picture.  Once I got up in the gazebo I looked down on the ground and there were random roses thrown on the ground.

abanded roses

Who just leaves beautiful roses on the ground?

Interesting fact: I have found random roses in the weirdest places on several occasions.  Once I even found them down in the keys on a beach in Key Largo.  It was a little hidden area that not many people go to so it was extremely strange to find roses there.

See, I’ve got hidden talent!

The place we went to had a little viewer that you could look through to see Lake Erie.

Lake Erie Viewer

The kid checked it out but it practically froze my face off, plus, you couldn’t really see Canada and we were going in to Cleveland so there wasn’t much point.  If it had been sunny and over 65 degrees, I’d have been all over that!

I don’t think I dressed warm enough but the kid has lived here for a while so he had on thermals under his jeans and a big warm jacket with a fur lined hood.  That’s probably why he was all like, ‘hey let’s walk the whole path around the lake’ and I was like, ‘uh, no!’

He was already on his way though.

the Kid walking in the cold

Off he goes

He was able to get some pretty cool pictures for me.  There are some really beautiful houses on the cliff overlooking the lake.  I couldn’t imagine living there.  I’d be afraid my house would fall off into the water but apparently that’s not really a thing here so people build beautiful houses on the cliff.

houses on lake erie

I wish it would have been sunnier so you could see them better but you’ll just have to trust me.

After about an hour I was so cold I wanted to head out so we decided to take one last picture before we left.

me on lake Erie

You are going to start to notice a trend soon because apparently I can only pose whilst throwing my arms out to the side.

lake erie


And then we were off.

A few minutes later and we landed here:


I don’t want to spoil it for you but we spent the whole day there and I didn’t see Khloe Kardashian once!  We did meet a couple of ladies and while we were talking with them they told us that some of their friends had reservations at the Ritz because they were going to see a concert but the Ritz called them and told them they had to cancel their reservations due to some very important guest who were coming to town.  They surmised it was the Jenner/Kardashian clan.

We’ll never know because we didn’t see them.  I took a shit ton of pictures in Cleveland but I’ll save those for tomorrow because you probably have a life to get to.

Have you ever been to a great Lake?  Which one?

Have you ever been to Cleveland?