Wednesday, I went to a new friend’s house for dinner. We met through my hiking club. The food and company were excellent! I love her deck. She’s an artist and her ceramic feet are a great conversation piece. I had … Continue reading
My Memorial Day weekend
My memorial day weekend started with having a friend over, and I served a charcuterie board, my first ever. I was proud of it! On Saturday, two of my friends came over and we bicycled to an event in Cincinnati … Continue reading
My week so far
So far this week I’ve been biking from my place in Ludlow, Kentucky across the Roebling Bridge to Washington Park in Over the Rhine, Cincinnati, then across the purple people bridge into Newport, Kentucky and back home. I’ve also been … Continue reading
Biking, hiking, and Salsa dancing
A friend and I decided to take our e-bikes to the Little Miami bike trail on Wednesday. The weather was perfect! We rode 18 miles total. Our turnaround point was Loveland, Ohio where we celebrated his birthday. We each had … Continue reading
I went to a friend’s house Saturday evening. We played with his Mastiff dog Fred, and he is massive 🐾. For dinner we made my recipe for sea bass and a side dish with asparagus, peas, shallots, and honey. We … Continue reading
Hawk’s Nest Rail trail in Hawks Nest State Park, West Virginia
On our final day of the road trip, we hiked almost 4 mi on the Hawk’s Nest rail trail. It was a lovely mostly flat trail alongside a creek that had lots of waterfalls. At the turnaround point there was … Continue reading
Grandview National Park, Babcock State Park, and New River Gorge National Park, West Virginia
On Wednesday we drove two and a half hours from Westfield, North Carolina to Grandview National Park in West Virginia. We hiked the 1 mi Castle Rock loop trail. The views were outstanding! Next, we made a stop at Babcock … Continue reading
Hanging Rock State Park, North Carolina
The destination for our first full day of hiking/exploration was Hanging Rock State Park. We hiked the 1 mile Lower Cascades falls trail and the 7 mile Hanging Rock, Wolf Rock, and Cooks Wall trails. The scenery was beautiful! We … Continue reading
Road trip to North Carolina and West Virginia
My friend and I departed Monday from Northern Kentucky and drove to Pilot Mountain State Park in North Carolina. We hiked a 1 mile loop trail and did some tree hugging 😊 The Airbnb I reserved was located 30 minutes … Continue reading
Newborn photography of baby Charlotte
I took newborn photos of my friend’s grandchild on Friday. I haven’t done this type of photography in years. There was lots of prep work to do, looking at Pinterest for ideas, driving to a fellow photographers home to borrow … Continue reading
Driving balls and Date # 3
This past week I drove golf balls with my girlfriend and we ate at a restaurant that I hadn’t been to. It had been a couple of years since I went to a driving range and too many years since I’ve been golfing. I was surprised at how well I did.
I had dinner at my dates home, he made a delicious steak and I made a side dish. The red wine was tasty.
Here are some of the flowers I planted yesterday.
Today I’m doing a newborn photo shoot for my friend’s daughter. I have a fourth date this evening. Have a great weekend everyone!
Dates and dining out
I’ve had three dates in the past week. The first date was a second date with a gentleman. We dined at a Korean restaurant in Covington, the food was very good. Then we went axe throwing. It was the second time I’ve done this. It’s somewhat frustrating because it’s difficult, reminds me of golf because you have to do it a lot to get good at it.
My second date was with a friend I’ve known since December. We dined at the Knotty Pine on the Bayou. It was my first time here and the food was delicious! I love raw oysters. The restaurant has an outdoor seating area also.
My third date of the week was a third date with a gentleman. He’s Italian, and we had dinner at Mama’s on Main in Covington, I had never been there before. The food was excellent! We even split tiramisu for dessert. The decor, as you can see is very nice.
Last night my friend came over and I made a chicken dish with ancho chili, and a cucumber and avocado salsa on top. The weather was nice so we sat on my outdoor patio and had fun drinking wine and dancing!
Life has been good! Have a great weekend everyone!
Solo camping and hiking
I returned yesterday from a two night solo camping trip. I camped at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park in Kentucky. There was one other couple tent camping, they were very nice and helped me put the rain fly on my tent. I haven’t camped in 10 years and I haven’t solo camped for 16 years. I forgot how much work is involved. It was beautiful weather, it did get down to 46° the first night, but I slept better there than I did at home. I hiked 3 trails in 2 days, for a total of 11 mi. Cumberland Falls is called the Niagara of the South.
I prepared my dinner at home and had enough for both nights, it’s called black bean, zucchini and rice casserole. Of course I had to have some s’mores. I met another couple around my age who had a VW camper. I took my chair down to their area and we talked for an hour or two. It was nice to have company. Both couples thought it was brave of me to camp by myself.
One of the hikes is called Eagle Falls. It follows along the shoreline of Cumberland River with a beautiful view of Cumberland Falls on the way to Eagle Falls. I decided to dip my feet in the ice cold water, it was very refreshing.
One of the hikes was 5.5 mi and there was no one on it. There was no phone service, so it was a little creepy, but I only thought about the possibility of bears, snakes, and injuries for the first mile 😊
I drove 25 minutes to an area called the Natural Arch Scenic area (image above). It was pretty. When I got home yesterday, I unpacked, vacuumed my car, and ordered pizza. It’s good to be back.
Springtime activities in Cincinnati
Since I wrote last, I’ve gone to an event at the Cincinnati Zoo called Blooms and Tunes. The Zoo is filled with tulips and there’s live music.
I also led a hike and went on another hike at Spring Grove Cemetery and Devou Park.
I went bicycle riding with a friend and had a bite to eat afterwards. I went to another friend’s home for dinner one evening.
Last night I took my brother and his wife to Playhouse in the Park in Mount Adams, next to downtown Cincinnati. They have a brand new theater and we saw “A Chorus Line”. It was their Christmas gift.
I have a second date this evening for dinner and then to see the butterfly exhibition at Krohn Conservatory. Hope everyone is enjoying the spring weather.
Dates, Hiking, the Gym & Cooking
My activities for the past week have included meeting two new potential dates, hiking, working out at the gym, cooking, and meeting a new girlfriend for happy hour.
I drove an hour north to the historic Clifton Mill for my first date, had lunch, a short hike along the Clifton Gorge, and browsed the shops in a quaint town called Yellow Springs, Ohio.
There’s a weekly hike at Spring Grove Cemetery through a hiking group I belong to. As you can see from the photos below, it’s a beautiful place to walk. It’s mostly active people in their 60s.
I can tell my body is responding to my workout regimen at the gym. I’m getting some guns on me 😅. In my quest to eat healthy, I made homemade roasted minestrone soup, and then treated myself to a root beer float.
I had a first date (now I call them meet and greets) yesterday for a bite to eat in Covington, Kentucky and then a walk along the river front in the Licking Riverside Historic District. When you get to be in your 60s, many people don’t like to have their photo taken, but I always say today’s the youngest you’ll ever be, and in 10 years, if you’re still alive, you’ll think gosh I really looked good.
I met a new girlfriend through hiking. She’s a nurse. We met for happy hour and appetizers last night. It was nice getting to know her better. As we left, the setting sun was beautiful.
I have another meet and greet today. Tomorrow for Easter I’ll be spending it with my brother, his wife and others that are like family.
Hope everyone has a Happy Easter! 🐰