The Everyday Outdoor Adventurer


Hello!  I just had the most amazing weekend!  I hope you all did as well 🙂  My weekend was full of dancing, the beach and working out times 2!  I want to start a new segment on this blog titled The Everyday Outdoor Adventurer.  I love meeting new and inspiring people in and around my area!  But first let’s talk about Friday night!

Friday night…lol!  Some girls from work and myself headed out Friday night to go see That 80’s Band at Vosh in Lakewood.  This band tours locally around Ohio and will be back in the area soon so you can better believe we will be seeing them again! We walked into a semi-swanky night club to all of our favorite 80’s music blaring from the stage.  This band is GREAT!  They do the most amazing covers from Michael Jackson to The Bangles and they even did a great Journey cover (and that is hard to do!)  It didn’t take us long to order our drinks and head out onto the dance floor!  Now, I am NO great dancer but how did you really dance in the 80’s anyways?!  We danced ALL NIGHT LONG!  They even ended the night with one of my favorite songs, Cheap Trick’s I Want You To Want Me (which was actually released in the 70’s.).  I love dancing around my place when that song comes on!  It is so upbeat and catchy!  I do not have pictures from that night (probably better that way..lol!)  Sadly the last song of the night played and we had to head home.  😦  But I did have a little keepsake from our all night dance session… I woke up Saturday morning and my neck was soooo stiff!  I was dancing and whipping my head around way too much.  Really glad there aren’t any pics or videos 😉

After I was positive that I didn’t throw out my neck, I ventured down to the shore with a hot delicious cup of coffee from Erie Island Coffee Company.  I cannot express to you in words how blissfully happy I am to be living 1 minute from this amazing coffee joint!

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So after picking up my favorite local brew Saturday morning I headed down to the beach.  I don’t know of anything I love more than sitting on the warm sand, digging my toes in and gazing out at the water with a cup of coffee in hand.  The beach I went to is also my favorite beach to scope out driftwood.  I love the way the sun and water strip away layers and produces a soft weathered beautiful piece of wood.  I always wonder about the journey of the pieces I bring home.  Where did it come from, how long had it been in the water?  Here is one that I would have loved to bring home but it was WAY heavy!

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So I am sitting there sipping my coffee with the warm sun shining down on me just loving life at that moment when this guy comes trotting down the sand with his kayak.  Let me explain the water conditions that morning.  It seemed almost as if the earth had stopped rotating.  The water was as smooth as glass as far as my eyes could see.  I didn’t really see any movement and would have been unaware of any if not for the ever so gentle lapping of the water coming to say hi to the shore.  In other words it was perfect for kayaking.

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The guy who was nice enough to chat with me and let me take his picture is Marty.  We had a nice chat about kayaking and our love for being out on the water.  Him and his wife just launch their boats and go.  How fantastic?!  He also invited me to a drum circle 🙂

“In 1991, during testimony before the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging, Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart stated:

Typically, people gather to drum in drum “circles” with others from the surrounding community. The drum circle offers equality because there is no head or tail. It includes people of all ages. The main objective is to share rhythm and get in tune with each other and themselves. To form a group consciousness. To entrain and resonate. By entrainment, I mean that a new voice, a collective voice, emerges from the group as they drum together.”

~courtesy of Wikipedia

I have not been to a drum circle since Venice Beach.  I do enjoy them but I am not a devotee like most of the people who attend.  But still I will definitely have to check it out and see how ones in Ohio compare to ones in Venice Beach…lol.

I also met Eric!  I was gazing out at the water when this figure came slowly into focus.  I knew right away that I had to talk to this person.

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Eric is a stand up paddle boarder and a Lake Erie surfer.  Two things that I definitely want to try!  We talked for a little while about both sports and how he got involved in them.  I don’t know how much backpacking I will be doing this summer with SO many other cool things to get into!!!!!  Turns out Eric made his own board and paddle.  He doesn’t sell them but did give me a number to a person who does and it turns out the place is right down the street from me!

I love meeting The Everyday Outdoor Adventurer when I am out and about.  I love their stories of how they got involved with whatever it is they are doing at the moment.  That is also how I find out about other cool and different things to do in the Cleveland area.  I love people and find most to be very interesting when you get to chatting.  🙂  With that being said I could probably make friends and hold a conversation with an inanimate object too, that’s how much I love talking!  I find that 10 times out of 10 when I approach someone, they are totally cool with me snapping their pick.  It is all in how you ask 😉

After leaving that beach I went and picked up one nephew and two nieces and headed back down to the beach!  Seriously though, it was the perfect day to be there!

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We had such a good time!  We packed a lunch and some sand toys and were on our way 🙂  It was such a perfect day to be out at the shore.  Not too hot, not too cold.  Juuuust perfect!  I loved that they kept talking about how they love being out in nature and exploring.  They had so much fun out on the rocks and climbing in and out of the ones with little tide pools.  They buried each other.  And they dug holes in the sand so deep that when they went in they were up to their knees!  Of course we covered them in and packed them down so no one would be strolling along and fall into one.  After we packed up the toys and lunch we headed out to a local ice cream shop and topped off our afternoon with dessert.  Dairy Grove in North Ridgeville has some of the best custard I have ever had!

After two days of non stop fun it was time to get in a good sweaty workout on Sunday morning!  I led a small group of people on a cardio session out in Rocky River Reservation.  I have talked about this set of stairs before in a previous post.  Although this time instead of going up and down with 3 different types of stepping, we also included a 1/3 of a mile loop run in between each set of stairs climbing.  It was fun and hard and exhausting but it felt sooo good!  What felt really good was the brief slightly chilly rain that surprised us during our workout!  It was a nice happenstance 🙂

But the workout for me didn’t stop there!  I am starting to run with my niece Molly.  She is in track and asked me to run with her and I so totally gladly said I would!  So after a mile run and 5 sets of 134 stairs I went to pick up my niece and go run another couple of miles!  Hahaha..I am going to feel it over the next few days.  We ran and then did a bunch of running exercises and then concluded our workout with a good 20 minutes of stretching.  Ahhhhh….   Then we headed home to shower and go to my other niece and nephew’s track meet to watch them run and jump!

It was a jam packed friend and family filled weekend and I could not have asked for a better one!

I hope you all had a great weekend too!  Let me know what fun things you did this weekend in the comments section below!

Peace, love and lots of warm sunshine,

~Lori

“Give what you have.  To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.”

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

2 thoughts on “The Everyday Outdoor Adventurer

  1. we also had a weekend full of outdoor family and friend fun. My ears are filled with fluid so I had trouble having as much fun as everyone else, but it was great seeing my girls be so active.

    Glad you had a great weekend too!

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