Happy Saturday lovelies! I hope you have all had a wonderful week. For me, the week seemed to drag AND it was a short work week for me. That is one things that I love about my day job. Working for the county I never have to work a weekend and I get all the federal holidays off! It still can be stressful and one way I love to de-stress is to get outside and just take in nature. That can be going for a walk, or just sitting quietly and listening to all of the sounds and enjoy the sun and breeze. Seeing the fall foliage, and taking in the colors relaxes me too so the hubby and I took a little trip through Ohio to do just that.
Right before this little trip, the hubby had been gone for damn near a consecutive three weeks on different trips for work. This trip is something I think we both needed and benefited from. Looking back, I don’t think we had spent that much time with each other, alone, since our daughter was born.
Living in Ohio, the fall foliage is one of my favorite things to experience. We are lucky to get some really great color. It is still on my bucket list to experience New England in the fall. If I do say so, we don’t do too shabby. One of things about living in NE Ohio, you never know what the weather is going to do in the fall. Last Saturday, for example, it was 80 degrees! We can go anywhere from low 60’s to upper 70’s and 80’s this time of the year and rain. Lots and lots of rain.
The colors, for the most part, were still on the green side. Even though there wasn’t a lot of reds and oranges, it was still so relaxing to drive through the country side. Having the sun shining down and the windows open was so relaxing. Hubby even said that if I was the one driving, he would have fallen asleep halfway through our drive back he was so relaxed.
We started our morning pretty earlier. First we had to take the car for an oil change and this gave me the opportunity to get some pretty shots of the area by where we live with the sun rising. I love this time of morning casts this gorgeous golden glow on everything it touches. Once the car was done we headed down the highway south to Marietta. The first part of the trip took up about two hours.
We got in to Marietta a little after 11, so we went to find something to eat. Hubby had been to Marietta Brewing Company a few years back and enjoyed it so we went in. For lunch I went with the portobella gouda burger and was very happy with it. Personally, I could have gone with more gouda (mmmmm cheese) and more of the red pepper pesto. There just wasn’t enough of the pesto to taste it against the gouda and portobella. Oh, and the waffle fries were amazing of course!
After we ate, we walked about a block and took in some of the Ohio River. It was such a beautiful day to sit on the benches and just watch the river move. We saw a few speed boats go by, and I admit, I wish I could have been on one.
Across the river, in West Virginia, there were some amazing three story mansions. These houses have a gorgeous view of the river in their back yard. If it wasn’t for fear of the river flooding, I would love to have this in my backyard.
After spending a few minutes taking in the water we headed back to the car for the drive home. Since the plan was to take mostly back roads home, the drive back took us about three hours. I have more photos below of some of the fall foliage we got to see. We also passed a couple covered bridges on our trip. One of these bridges, Knowlton Covered Bridge, was built back in 1887. Unfortunately, because of the ailing structure you are no longer able to go on the bridge.
The trip made for a long day, but it was nice to be able to spend some time together. What are some of your favorite places to visit to see all the fall foliage nature has to offer us?