A few days in Hocking Hills – in pictures

Instead of trying to capture a recent trip to the beautiful Hocking Hills in words, I am letting the photos speak for themselves! Plus I just don’t feel like writing much ☺️. If you are in the Ohio/ PA/ NY/ WV area, I cannot recommend this park enough for a quick weekend getaway. Also to note, all these pics were taken on my iPhone, but I wish I had brought my camera.

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A painting? Or just one of many stunning views.
Unbelievable! Walking into the gorge.
Inside the gorge!
Ash Cave
Here you can see the waterfall.
Beautiful fall foliage at Conkle’s Hollow
The top pic is edited with a grainy filter.
Here’s the full size edit ☺️
Beautiful scene.
A different image – turned the exposure down.
Cliffs and sandstone formations were everywhere throughout the park.
Lovely setting for a picnic!
Wagons…. East!
Me and my mom- great light in a cave, who knew!

Weekend in Washington, D.C.

Hey everyone –

It’s been a while since my last post. I just haven’t really felt the motivation to blog much since it kind of seems like my life revolves around work and doing dishes at this point. The dishes… I just cannot deal with the endless pile of dishes! I am really not trying to complain, but I just don’t have that exciting *content* to share right now. So, while I do feel like a blob (#jabbathehuttvibes) a lot of days, today, I am sharing a post from the archives I meant to write about months ago.

Back in November of last year (2019, lest we start forgetting the years soon), I went to DC to visit some wonderful friends (and humans in general) from high school. It was such a fun reunion weekend. I hadn’t seen both friends together in probably ten years, but it felt like no time had passed at all! Nellie (who has lived in DC for years now) and her adorable family graciously hosted Laura and I at her stunning Capitol Hill home, which was the perfect location for exploring. We walked along the mall, went to a birthday party, ate delicious food, visited an amazing museum (the Hirshhorn), and strolled the charming cobblestone streets of Georgetown, all in a few days. Most importantly, we were able to relax and connect with each other after years apart.

I’ve been feeling nostalgic for human interaction, weekend getaways, and sharing tapas with friends, so this post will have to tide me over until that day is possible again.

If you are in the Cleveland area, and have a free weekend, I highly recommend visiting DC (post pandemic). I have been there half a dozen times and it never disappoints. It’s an easy drive and has so many amazing highlights I won’t begin to list them here. Since all of us had been to DC several times, we had no agenda which was awesome and made for a stress free and relaxing weekend.

Laura in the middle and Nellie on the right- they are the best!
Beautiful fall foliage!
We had perfect weather and even enjoyed brunch outside in the sunshine (in Mid November).
The cutest, tiniest house I have ever seen.
Said brunch outside! I’ll take it 🙂
Walking around Capitol Hill.
This is a favorite- not perfect, but I love the trees and the little water spot- it was cloudy and some water dripped from the tree branch onto my lens.
Beautiful townhomes in Georgetown.
Visiting the Hirshhorn Museum. Amazing exhibit by Pat Steir that spanned the entire (circular) floor. Their largest installation to date!
We also saw a Marcel Duchamp exhibit while we were there. Both were amazing.
Capitol Building at night.
Doorways in Georgetown dressed up for fall!
This pic is from 2017 when I was last in DC for a wedding. I got see Nellie then but it was so fun to see my two best friends from high school together for a whole weekend!

That about sums up an amazing trip! Nellie, Laura and I are already talking about our next get together, whenever that may be! At least we have virtual hang outs for now. Back to #jabbathehut life for the rest of the evening/ year. Side note, Ryan and I have decided to watch the entire Star Wars series on Disney+, hence why Jabba is top of mind. If anyone has any other TV or movie recommendations, feel free to leave them in the comments below. Hope everyone is staying healthy and sane!

Photo credit: Starwars.com

Fall Things

Hi everyone! It’s been a while since I posted. Fall is upon us, and I wanted to post a few pics from our walk with Maggie today. I’ve probably taken 250+ pics of the foliage over the past few weeks and today was a typical fall day in Northeast Ohio- blustery, overcast, and beautiful foliage around every turn! So I finally grabbed my camera for the first time in a few weeks and Ryan and I walked around the Shaker Lakes area.

I love this kind of weather and fall in general- it’s easily my favorite season.

Maggie ❤️

Ryan and Maggie patiently waiting.

I love this part of the path- lined with old oaks on either side.

This scene was so beautiful, it’s hard to capture in a picture. It was very bright (although overcast) for a lot of the walk, but the colors really popped along this bend in the road. I’m glad I turned around to look behind me!

Hope everyone is doing great and enjoying all the seasonal things!

PS I am hoping to do an Italy post soon. Ryan and I got back from an incredible trip and I have so many photos to share!