The Suburban Park: Cuyahoga Valley National Park

The Suburban Park: Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Between Cleveland and Akron, OH lies one of the newest National Parks in the US, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park (est. 2000). We meandered through it on our way south after leaving Cleveland. Honestly, the vibe is a bit odd. I grew up just outside Milwaukee, …

Trial and Error in Cleveland, OH

Trial and Error in Cleveland, OH

Traveling with four people is hard when things don’t go as planned. If it’s just Paul and me, we’ll seek shelter in a library or hotel when hit with a series of cold, rainy days. But for a few days, we were traveling with my …

Harvesting the Wild Ramp (aka Wild Leek)

Harvesting the Wild Ramp (aka Wild Leek)

Walking through the woods on Kelleys Island, Paul has his eyes on the ground. Paul always has his eyes on the ground when we’re walking through the woods in the spring. He’s looking for morels. We found one morel once, a big one, but we …

Another Look at the Lake Erie Islands

Another Look at the Lake Erie Islands

I love it when my expectations are exceeded. Kelleys Island, north of Sandusky in the middle of Lake Erie, was an amazing, unique place. Quiet, peaceful, old. Perfect ratio of restaurants/bars to residents (not that any of the restaurants/bars were open yet, but…). Cute houses, …

A Tale of Two Islands: Exploring Ohio’s Coast

A Tale of Two Islands: Exploring Ohio’s Coast

So, Ohio has Islands. Yep. Islands. Along its coast. Yeah, the coast of Lake Erie north of Sandusky. We visited two. Just watch out, there are snakes. Kelleys Island Kelleys Island feels like a sleepy old colonial island off Connecticut. Or maybe off Door County, …

Detroit’s Coney Dog

Detroit’s Coney Dog

In Detroit, you don’t eat hot dogs, you eat Coney Dogs — hot dogs topped with bean-free, all-meat chili and chopped onions and mustard. Dip into the Ohio-area and they’ll put cheese on it too. Yum. Note: This ain’t a New York thing.

Dear Ohio, It’s Not You, It’s Us (OK, It’s a Little Bit You)

Dear Ohio, It’s Not You, It’s Us (OK, It’s a Little Bit You)

Look, you’re a great state.  Everybody knows that.  You have three cities that start with the same letter — C — that’s amazing.  And it confuses everybody.  Cleveland rocks, Cincinnati has chili (with cinnamon, another C!), and Columbus … well Columbus has a Honda campus on the edge …