Come on a little trip with me, ok?
I left my house Friday around 2:30 to head up to the Cleve.
I was attending this BGSU alumni event. My old grad school coordinator said there were a few people he’d like me to meet, plus this was a well connected group of alumni. In my plan for world domination, networking with the good alum is an important step. The host of our evening was the CFO of the Cleveland Port Authority. As part of his hosting, he gave us a presentation on what the Port Authority does, what they’re responsible for, how they operate and it was really interesting.
After the alumni event, I took myself out to dinner. I’m such a good date. I was thinking about going to one of the ole Cleveland standbys, Greenhouse Tavern or Lolita, but it’s time to try new things. I found a restaurant that looked right up my alley – Spice Kitchen & Bar. I had a delicious homemade pappardelle pasta and a blood orange cocktail. I had dinner at the bar, and towards the middle of my dinner a man sat next to me. Turns out he’s on the board of this restaurant (which also does catering and has a farm) and he was waxing poetic about this new kind of liqueur that was in out of a distillery here in Columbus. It’s an after dinner drink, a black walnut liqueur called Nocino. He asked the bartender to give me a sample too. It’s always fun to talk food and cocktails with people who love food and cocktails. And local ones at that! He left shortly after and I continued to enjoy my dinner.
I headed back to my hotel after that to get a good night sleep because I had plans for the next morning. I was planning to get up kind of early and go for a run in downtown Cleveland before heading to Mill Creek Park for hiking. I had a path all mapped out that took me by all the stadiums. Then I woke up at 2:30am and didn’t get back to sleep until sometime after 5:30am. I watched an entire movie and several tv episodes. When I woke up again at 8:45am, I regrouped on the plan.
After so many recommendations to try Lucky’s Cafe, I finally got there. It did not disappoint. I had the Lucky Latte which is sweetened with honey and it was awesome. I would have never thought about honey in coffee. Mmmm. I was intending to order some kind of pancake dish, but they still had gingerbread pancakes. That was not going to work with my spring focus. So, I went outside my standard order and got these amazing biscuits and gravy.
Cheddar biscuits, soft scrambled eggs, sausage gravy. I could barely eat half of it. It was incredibly delicious.
That breakfast provided plenty of fuel for the next part of the day – hiking!
Months ago I started following this Facebook page called Only in Ohio. There was a picture of this mill around Christmas. It was all covered in snow. I decided I wanted to visit that mill. When I decided to go to Cleveland for this alumni event, it seemed like the right time to make the trip over. Mill Creek park is pretty big, I found the closest parking lot to the actual Mill and set off on my way.
You see the mill almost immediately.
It isn’t open to touring until summer, but you can walk around. Then I headed off on the trail in search of the Cinderella suspension bridge, which I knew was about a mile from the mill.
I walked the wrong way for about half a mile. But it was beautiful, so no big deal. I turned around and headed back past the mill in the other direction.
I was just starting to worry maybe I had gotten directions wrong again – when I saw it!
Nicknamed the Cinderella Bridge because of the spires and scrolls.
On the other side of the bridge were these stairs to nowhere. Just mossy rocks. But they were fun to climb!
In front of mossy rocks.
When I crossed the bridge I thought I’d take the trail on the other side of the creek back to the mill and my car. This turns out to be a bad idea.
Much of that (narrow) trail is covered in ice.
And the trail doesn’t have any space between it and the edge of the cliff leading down to the creek. This led for some very perilous walking for a while. When I could I stayed as far as I could to the outside edge, but that wasn’t always an option. Eventually, the trail (still icy) veers further away from the edge and I start to relax. I even say outloud to myself, okay – now you can fall.
30 steps later I fell. Landed hard on my right hip/thigh. I can’t even be mad about it because I’m just so grateful I didn’t fall into the creek.
Once I was in the clear, I enjoyed the rest of the trail back and got in the car.
And then I came home. I listened to an audio book so the drive time was well spent. My hip and knee are kind of sore, so I’m icing those. The sun just came out and it’s a pretty night in Columbus. Overall, a very good 26 hours in Northeast Ohio.