Summer in the City- Random Tidbits About Summer 2015

 

I’ve been at the beach several times. The best beach for clear water has been Mentor Headlands State Park. The drawback? You have to walk across about 10 feet of baseball sized rocks to the water’s edge then another six feet of rocks underwater, then sand! By then you are up to your neck and the waves are rolling into your face. Still you don’t have the rocks and debris at water’s edge at Edgewater Park.

Greg in front of sand sculpture

Greg in front of sand sculpture

 

With my joints wearing out, I’ve gone to a more upright position on my bike. I took my Cannondale road bike to Joy Machine Bikes and got a handlebar that is closer to my body and allows me to sit more upright. This is perfectly fine for the riding I do on the towpath in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

 

Walnut Wednesdays are still popular. There are about 20 food trucks that pull up along 3 sides of Ralph Perk Plaza . You can sit on the grass under the shade to eat your burger or burrito. We’ve had a mild summer so far and being outdoors has been a pleasure despite more bugs in the woods.

Slide the City came to Akron. It missed Cleveland due to bad weather. This is a giant water slide with 3 lanes. Participants must register ahead of time and get a backpack with a blow up float ring and a mouth guard. In Akron the slide started at Broadway and went downhill two blocks to Main Street. Most people signed up to slide 3 times. It was a perfect day to be wet. It was 88 degrees.

Slide the City Akron

Slide the City Akron

 

For our 15h anniversary Dave and I hosted 15 friends and family on the Cleveland Cycle Tours. It was a two mile trip that lasted 2 hours and had 3 stops at restaurants in Ohio City. You can read about that in my Neighborhood Series. It’s a really fun activity for those sunny days but be sure to reserve ahead of time.

Trainwreck

Trainwreck

Summer movies are a favorite type of escapism for me. We’ve seen Mad Max, Fury Road, Jurassic World, Trainwreck, and The Young and Prodigious TS Spivet. Another escape: reading. I’ve read and listened to lots of books this summer and I recommend  Euphoria by Lily King, Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee, and In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette by Hampton Sides.

Night Market

Night Market

We added a new venue to our summer festival spots. It is only one block away on Rockwell. It’s called the Night Market and features LOTS of food, favoring Asian flavors. It happens once a month on the first Friday night.

 

There is still lots of summer left. I still haven’t been to a ball game yet. Hummmmm. Maybe that will be next.