And we’re back!

We’re home from our week out in the Outer Banks. We stayed in the little town of Duck again. We really like it out there in the Outer Banks, and Duck in particular…

The house we stayed in was so nice…

It was just a short walk from the house down the street to the beach…

We woke up to watch the sunrise every morning…

Then we’d drive to get coffees from Duck Cottage…

We’d sit on the patio on and drink our coffee…

We’d walk down and sit on the beach…

We’d go find something amazing to eat for lunch…

Then we were back on the patio or we’d hang out inside and watch TV…

And we’d watch the sunset…

There were so many stars at night…

It was so wonderful and relaxing and low-key. And we got to repeat that routine all pretty much week. There were a few variations. One morning, we got breakfast from Treehouse Coffee. We drove up to Corolla one afternoon to see the Currituck Lighthouse and Whalebone House. We got some espresso milkshakes from Sunset Ice Cream. The weather was really beautiful all week. It only rained on our last day but that gave us the perfect opportunity to check out some of the local gift shops. And we found some great treasure and souvenirs.

It was a really wonderful week. And now we feel ready for what looks like a very long, cold COVID-19 winter. ๐Ÿ˜€๐ŸŒ…๐Ÿ—บ๏ธ๐Ÿฆ†โค๏ธ

Click to see all of our photos from our trip and a handful of little videos too.

After these messages…

We’ll be right back. We’re heading back out to Duck, North Carolina in the Outer Banks. We love it out there and we had such a fun time in August that we wanted to go sit on the beach again before we lock ourselves inside our house for the winter.

Follow along on our Flickr, our YouTube and maybe our our Instagrams if we can get back into it. But I wouldn’t hold your breath. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ—บ๏ธโค๏ธ

Good morning from Northside.

Good morning from Northside…

We’re swapping our normal morning view for a beach view next week. And we’re pretty excited about it. ๐Ÿ˜€๐ŸŒ„โค๏ธ

Pure Michigan.

We drove up north for a long weekend in Michigan to visit my parents…

Even though we’re still firmly in the grips of the COVID-19 pandemic, we still managed to get out to do a surprising amount of stuff…

We sampled some terrific beers that my parents gathered on their travels like New Belgium’s Atomic Pumpkin. We went out to VerHage Fruit Farm and Cider Mill for donuts and fresh apple cider. We had lunch at Bell’s Eccentric Cafe and Presidential Brewing and COVID Carryout dinner from Four Rose’s in Plainwell. We also got Biggby Coffees and Sweetwater’s Donuts. And most importantly, we got to hang out with my parents because it’s been way too long since we’ve seen them. It was a great weekend. We hope the powers that be can curtail the pandemic soon and we can get up to Michigan more often next year. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ—บ๏ธโฌ†๏ธโค๏ธ

Click to see all the photos we took on our long weekend in Michigan.

After these messages…

We’ll be right back. We’re heading up north to visit my parents for a long weekend in Kalamazoo. It’s been way too long since we’ve seen them.

Follow along on our pandemic Pure Michigan adventure on our Flickr. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ—บ๏ธโค๏ธ

Good morning from Indy.

Good morning from downtown Indianapolis…

Across the street from our hotel was Cafe Patachou

I ordered a Belgian waffle with fruit…

It was delicious. But Genifer completely out-ordered me with her incredible croissant french toast…

Cafe Patachou had some amazing coffees. When we were done with our breakfast, we got coffees to go and some snacks for later…

Thanks, Indianapolis! We had a blast!

And then it was back to Cincinnati…

On the way home, we stopped to pick up Mack from The Pet Spot

We’ll get Oscar and Bear from Geri’s after our fence is done. I think Mack was pretty happy to be home…

And we were really excited to try these guys later…

It was a great, really quick little adventure. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ—บ๏ธ๐Ÿง‡โค๏ธ

Road trip to Indianapolis.

ROAD TRIP! This afternoon we drove over to Indianapolis. Before we left to go to North Carolina, we bought tickets on one of those ticket resale sites for the USL soccer match between Indy 11 and our favorite USL squad, Louisville City…

We dropped Mack at Pet Spot for the night and we dropped Oscar at Geri’s before heading over to Indianapolis…

Compared to all the driving we did last weekend, the drive over to Indianapolis really seemed like nothing. It went by so fast…

We stayed at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Indianapolis…

It was a really nice hotel with a beautiful open air atrium…

Our room was very nice as well…

Before the match, we shared a BBQ burger and pepperjack cheese bites at Loughmiller’s Pub…

Amazing burger. And then it was on to Lucas Oil Stadium…

Indy 11 pulled back a goal from a penalty kick just the before the halftime whistle. And that made the score 3-1 to Lou City at the half.

After seeing four goals in the first half, we broke camp in the 60th minute. We didn’t want to wait around to see if Indy 11 could mount a pretty epic comeback.

Lucas Oil Stadium sure is a beautiful place to watch a game. We were so happy we got to see it with the roof open and without many people inside. The announced attendance was just 6,700.

And the final score of the match was Lou City 3-1 over Indy 11. We saw all the goals. Plus, we were sitting behind the goal where Lousiville scored all three of their goals and then we moved to the other end and were sitting behind the goal when Indy 11 scored their PK. Pretty neat stuff.

We stopped for a postgame drink at Brothers…

And then we meandered through downtown back to our hotel…

We ordered pizza and called it a night…

And good night from Indianapolis. It was a really fun day! ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ—บ๏ธโšฝ๏ธ๐Ÿบโค๏ธ

Click to see all the photos we took on our road trip to Indianapolis.

And we’re back.

We’re back from our road trip to Duck, North Carolina in the Outer Banks. We were really happy that we had the chance to getaway for a few days. And we had a really wonderful time…

The house we stayed in was really nice, a little older but it had plenty of space and a terrific salt water pool. It was also in a great location just outside out of downtown Duck with just a short walk down Seahawk Drive West and then to the beach. We spent a lot of time at the beach and in the pool

We got up to watch the sunrise on the beach one morning, and got coffees from three different coffee shops… Sweet T’s, Duck Cottage and Treehouse Coffee. We also got espresso milkshakes from Sunset Ice Cream. We had some really great meals at Rundown Cafe (Bloody Marys and coconut shrimps), Duck Duck Burgers (mmmmburgers), Treehouse Coffee (chicken biscuit), Coastal Cravings (crab cakes, shrimps, clams and hush puppies) and Aqua (Mahi tacos and fish & chips with bang shrimps and the banana pudding cheesecake). So much good stuff. And we got to wander through some of the many souvenir shops.

This trip marked two years in a row for us at the Outer Banks. We really liked Duck. We liked it a lot more than when we were out in Nags Head last year. Duck was very walkable. It just seemed like there was more to do and everything was a lot closer.

We really hope to make a trip to the Outer Banks an every year event. It’s really wonderful out there. And we just really like it a lot. We’re already thinking about our next trip out to the Outer Banks. Did I mention we like it out there?

We drove out to Outer Banks through Ohio through West Virginia. It was really pretty driving through West Virginia but the Google Maps took us on these twisting, turning little two lane roads through the mountains that were pretty white knuckle at times. It turns out that we had the “avoid toll roads” option turned ON in Google Maps. And it took us on some of the most narrow winding roads through the mountains of West Virginia from Charleston to Lewisburg. We stopped in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday night. And we found a Krispy Kreme right by our hotel Sunday morning. And we coasted the rest of the way into Duck on Sunday afternoon.

After relaxing in Duck for the week, we dropped down the coast to Surf City on Top Sail Island. We had lunch at Surf Dog (I got my delicious Carolina BBQ) and had a beer at Salty Turtle Beer Co. before staying at North Top Sail Beach. We swam in their pool, watched Goonies in our room and drank a crowler from Salty Turtle.

We drove back home through North Carolina to avoid the treacherous West Virginia mountain roads but the roads on the way back got a little dicey too. Not nearly as bad a West Virginia but there was a 20 mile stretch that wasn’t a cake walk. But we also got to go through a tunnel. So, it all evens out. We eventually made it and we stopped in Knoxville and had pizza before heading home the next day.

We took a bunch of photos during our adventure. We didn’t do a lot with Instagram this trip. I think we’ve kind of lost interest in the ‘grams. I might go and #Latergram some photos. But our Flickr album from this trip has over 1000 photos. There were just a lot of great memories made on this trip.

It was a great trip. We had a wonderful time. But itโ€™s really nice to be home.๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ—บ๏ธ๐Ÿ–๏ธโค๏ธ

After these messages…

We’ll be right back. We’re heading to Duck, North Carolina in the Outer Banks with Genifer’s family. We’re really excited to be leaving the house to go someplace other than the grocery store or Taft’s Brewpourium.

Follow along on our Instagrams, our Flickr, and our YouTube. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ—บ๏ธโค๏ธ

Timehopping.

Three years ago, we were celebrating our anniversary in Dominican Republic…

And four years ago, we were still in Jamaica…

Good times. Thanks for all the wonderful memories, Timehop. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿฆ•โค๏ธ

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