Saturday, October 25, 2014

A Trip to Cuyahoga River Valley

Lee and I just returned from a trip to the Akron area where our youngest daughter and her kitty live.  She's in the Air Force, and has to leave home for a few weeks at a time (usually 4-6), leaving her kitty, Stemi, behind.  Stemi spent a hard life in a shelter's cage for several months before Katie adopted her 2 years ago, and none of us have the heart to put her in another cage at a vet's office while Katie has to leave town.  So, Lee and I have traveled up to Akron to stay with Stemi for a couple of weeks during these duty-assignments from time to time through this past year.  (While we aren't there, neighbors and friends stop by to visit Stemi, so she's not totally alone.)

Stemi snuggles with Lee
This last time, we were fortunate to find the Autumn leaves at their peak, and the whole area was just beautiful.  We spent most days out driving someplace, just to see the leaves.  One of the brochures Katie had laying around the house was for the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.  One of it's tours travels along the Valley from downtown Akron northward to a stop just south of Cleveland, and we decided to take that tour with Katie the weekend she came home..

Approach 2

Approach 3

Approach 4
The train runs through the Cuyahoga River Valley following along the old Erie Canal towpath.  All along the ride, you can see families biking and walking along the adjacent bike trails.  Whole industries and towns sprung up along the canals and you can see remnants of the old locks and towns.  There are also ponds and farm markets and city views along the way, but mostly the River and the Valley views.
grasses near the tracks from window on the other side of the aisle

Hwy bridge across the Valley
bike path along the canal

Thinking of snacktime, Lee and Katie
After the train ride, we stopped by a "designer sandwich shop" a few blocks away.  We shared 2 specialty Grilled Cheese sandwiches and 3 bowls of homemade tomato soup....yum.  Then, we went back home to pick up a few apples for baking an apple tart.

After dinner in downtown Akron, Angry skies...approaching rain from the West
Shopping at Krieger's Market in Cuyahoga Falls
-Pendant lamp at Grandpa's Cheese Barn deli, Ashland, Ohio along I-71
Of course, Grandpa's Cheese Barn is a must for Lee and me.  Earlier in the week, we took a trip to Amish Country that I talked about here.  We started our impromptu journey after shopping all morning.  We bought all sorts of goodies....jams, trail bologna, maple lollipops, and assorted cheeses.  The nice thing about Grandpa's is that you can sample almost everything before buying.  Great marketing ploy, because the choices are all yummy and limiting your purchases is quite a difficult task.

Hope you are having a lovely weekend.  I'm off to go outside on this gorgeous day.....

Until next time.....  ~~Karen~~

4 comments:

  1. grilled cheese and tomato soup - in autumn! yum! and how sweet are you to take care of your daughter's cat. :)

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  2. Hi Karen, what great scenery and the bike path looks fabulous. I love your daughter's kitty.
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  3. Aw sweet kitty!!! So glad she's not in a cage. What a lovely trip that was - I LOVE trains - the scenery is so pretty!!

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  4. What a beautiful cat!! You are good grandparents to sit with your grand-furchild. Lucky kitty!

    Lovely photos and the train ride sounds great!! All the goodies you got while shopping...yummy indeed!

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