Series of Dates

I’ve been out and about these past few months. During those travels, I met this amazing person and I wanted to get to know more of this individual. I wanted to woo this human being so, I’m seeing this person and we always went out. We had series of dates and now, he is someone dear to my heart.

We’ve been exploring most of the restaurants in Canton, Ohio. It’s been our gastronomic adventure together to try the dishes in every business establishment serving food and drinks.

These are the restaurants we’ve dined in:
1. Table Six Kitchen + Bar

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Table Six Kitchen + Bar

It is a gastropub where they serve traditional, made-from-scratch comfort food which are perfect for sharing. They also offer wide array of drinks from cocktails to spirits, beers and wines. Table Six Kitchen + Bar is an independent restaurant group with four locations and every location has its own unique personality and tradition good of taste.

I ordered fish + chips that is craft beer battered cod with fresh cut fries, house slaw, tarter and Sriracha ketchup for appetizer. For entrée, I chose Teriyaki Salmon which is a pan seared, Teriyaki glazed, Verlasso salmon with Asian sesame stir fry and a meal won’t be a meal without dessert. I got warm molten brownie which is a chocolate lover’s heaven with warm brownie, Amy’s chocolate icing and vanilla ice cream. The whole dining experience in Table Six Kitchen + Bar was 4/5. Foods were delicious, ambience was good and a little crowded but the space was a little bit small and congested.

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Fish + Chips

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Teriyaki Salmon

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Warm Molten Brownie

For menus and more information, check at www.table6canton.com/home or visit them at:
Table Six Kitchen + Bar
6113 Whipple Ave NW
North Canton, OH 44720
Phone No. 330-305-1666

2. Gervasi Vineyard Restaurant

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Gervasi Vineyard Restaurant

Gervasi Vineyard Restaurant is a premier winery and vineyard located in Canton, Ohio that provides guests with fine dining experience. It offers a memorable destination for wine lovers, diners, families, businesses, and tourists. The restaurant is designed for adults seeking an affordable, fresh and romantic dining experience, for families seeking outdoor beauty, fun and great food, and corporate team for business meetings. Gervasi Vineyard Restaurant has among the best wine varieties in Ohio which are produced by wine experts and hand selected seasonally by local farmers.

We went to Crush House since Gervasi Vineyard has more than one dining options. I started the ball rolling with an appetizer of pork wings which were marinated and glazed with red wine vinegar, blue cheese emulsion, scallions and crumbled blue cheese paired with a glass of zin zin, a zinfandel wine. I got shrimp and sausage linguini with sauteed zucchini and squash with vodka sauce paired with a glass of velluto, a pinot noir wine for my entrée while he ordered crush house steak which was the chef’s entrée feature of the day. To end the night, we both chose chocolate crème brulee with blackberry and raspberry and cream for dessert. Dining experience in Gervasi Vineyard Restaurant was 5/5. Everything was perfect.

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Pork Wings

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Shrimp and Sausage Linguini

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Crush House Steak

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Chocolate Crème Brulee

For more information, visit their site at www.gervasivineyard.com or visit them physically at:
Gervasi Vineyard Restaurant
1700 55th St NE
Canton, OH 44721
Phone No. 330-497-1000

3. Hog Heaven Open Blame BBQ

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Hog Heaven Open Flame BBQ

It is a fun laid back atmosphere restaurant that provides southern BBQ meals  and cold beers. Not only that the Hog Heaven also tries to help the community by fundraising and scholarship through motorcycle runs.

We both ordered full rack barbeque ribs which is a famous St. Louis style ribs, tender and tasty that falls right off the bone, basted with Hog Heaven southern style barbeque sauce. I chose the macaroni and cheese and baked beans as the 2 sides. My gastronomic experience is at 4/5. We’ve dined in the restaurant for 3 times and ordered the same ribs but the food was inconsistent.

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Full Rack BBQ Ribs with mac&cheese and baked beans

For additional information, check their site by clicking here or visit them at:
Hog Heaven
2730 Cleveland Avenue NW
Canton, OH 44709
Phone No. 330-458-0904

4. George’s Lounge

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George’s Lounge

George’s Lounge has been a favored establishment since 1959. It’s the best place to gather with friends and enjoy local grass-fed gourmet burgers, fresh-cut fries, and more. It has the best environment with open and live music with wide selections of drinks from cola products to hard liquors.

It appears that the special person’s hangout place is the George’s Lounge and knows everything in the menu. I got their Gorgeous George burger which has double burger with bacon, sautéed onion and mushroom, egg, kamikaze sauce on egg bun. The whole dining experience was at 4/5. The food may not be as great as other restaurants I’ve been to but the environment is magnificent and the service is amazing.

To contact them, check the website here or travel to:
George’s Lounge
229 Cleveland Ave NW
Canton, OH 44702
Phone No. 330-452-0029

5. Boathouse BBQ

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Boathouse BBQ of Marietta

It is one of my favorite restaurants in Marietta. When the special person visited me, we went to boathouse BBQ  and ordered grilled pork BBQ ribs. It was the best and I always chose that. It so happened that he loved it too. Dining experience is 3/5. Food is amazing but inconsistent, service is a little slow but ambience is great.

Visit them at Boathouse BBQ of Marietta at 218 Virginia St, Marietta, OH 45750 with phone no. 740-373-3006.

6. The Winking Lizard Tavern and Restaurant

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The Winking Lizard Tavern and Restaurant

We had dinner at this restaurant and we both ordered grilled pork BBQ ribs with mac&cheese and steak fries for my side dishes. Dining experience is at 3/5. I’ve been tasting and ordering BBQ ribs in every restaurants I’ve been to and the Winking Lizard Tavern and Restaurant’s BBQ ribs somehow fails it.

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Pork BBQ ribs with mac&cheese and steak fries

Check them at www.winkinglizard.com or visit them at this address:
The Winking Lizard Tavern and Restaurant
5710 Fulton Drive NW
Canton, OH 44718
Phone No. 330-497-1133

7. Scrambler Marie’s Restaurant

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Scrambler Marie’s Restaurant

We also had breakfast in Scrambler Marie’s Breakfast Bistro. I picked the American breakfast since I have weakness for sunnyside up eggs. It was one of the best breakfast meals I had. Dining experience meter is at 5/5. It was perfect.

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American Breakfast with Sausage, sunnyside up eggs, white toast, strawberry yogurt

For menus, check their website at scramblersrestaurants.com or visit them at:
Scrambler Marie’s Restaurant at Canton-Belden Village Mall
4345 Belden Village Mall
Canton, OH 44718
Phone No. 330-493-4800

I’ll also add the list of restaurants I have dined in. I’ve been to food tasting and I’ve been reviewing them for the last year. Here are the list:

8. Ruby Tuesday

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Ruby Tuesday

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Pork BBQ Ribs with mac&cheese and baked potato with sour cream and butter

9. Applebee’s

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Applebee’s Grill and Bar cr: Applebee’s

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Shrimp and Parmesan Sirloin Steak medium well with mac&cheese and french fries

10. Lori’s Family Restaurant

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Lori’s Family Restaurant cr: Tripadvisor

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American Breakfast with sausage patties, hash puppies, white toast, sunnyside up eggs

11. Outback Steakhouse

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Outback Steakhouse cr: Outback

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Alice Spring’s Chicken with mac&cheese

12. Tlaquepaque Mexican Restaurant

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Tlaquepaque Mexican Restaurant

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Mar Y Tierra with cajun rice, shrimps and steak

If you love food like me and my boo, better start exploring the nearest restaurants and see which serves the best meal and dishes. What better to do that with your special someone dear to your heart and have a series of dates. I had my fair share done, now, it’s your turn. Bon appetit! 😉

Back to Blogging

It has been quite a cold and lazy winter for me. I haven’t written or done anything at all and never in my life thought that I can be this non-productive. I felt like I hibernated for a couple of months. But anyway, I am back to blogging which is good. I finally dragged my chair, sat down and wrote a blog post for the year.

To start off, I eventually had some road trips while I was being lazy. I just didn’t have the motivation to write about it. I was all over the southeastern and northeastern part of the state of Ohio. I confessed that I am a traveler and you can’t keep a traveler in one area. Here are the road trips I had gone through during the winter season.

  1. Fort Laurens Museum and Park

I was hyped to do some history tracing so, I have decided to start by exploring some museum and park. Fort Laurens Museum and Park is located in Tuscarawas county near the town of Bolivar. It was an American revolutionary war fort. This fort was built by Gen. Lachlan McIntosh  in 1778 on the west bank of the Tuscarawas River as a staging point for an attack against the British garrison at Detroit. But due to the conditions at the fort were harsh during the winter, they have decided to remove most of the American forces to another fort. Fort Laurens was the only fort built in the state of Ohio during the Revolutionary War and the museum has been added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

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Wooden Cottage

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Stone Cottage

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Information scattered around the museum

The whole museum is equipped with information related to the past and history of the fort. Not only that, it is also a park with cottages where you can have picnics, a hiking and bike trail.

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Then I went to another park but this time it was in Massillon. I was in Jackson Community Park. The park has a Blue Star Memorial as a tribute to the Armed Forces who have defended the country.

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Blue Star Memorial

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Gazebo

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The Lake

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On the way to the baseball court

The park is amazing. There are a lot of activities for people of all ages. The park has an excellent run and walk path, an accessible playground for the kids, restrooms and water fountains. It has spacious parking lots, gazebos to rest, sport courts such as baseball and soccer, a beautiful lake and a friendly neighborhood.

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I decided to try and go to a country club. I stopped by at Portage Country Club in Akron. Portage Country Club is rich in tradition and has been established in 1894. The club has a lot of facilities for members. Facilities and services such as golf, tennis, swimming and dining experiences even catering.

4. Silver Springs Parkimg_5833Next to my destination was at Silver Springs Park. Silver Springs Park is located in Stow. The City has been providing outdoor recreational activities to visitors.

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Picnic Shelter

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Park Lodge

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Soccer Field near Parking Lot

The park has a spacious lodge parking, a swimming area, picnic shelters and area, and playground. It also has a wide soccer field near the parking area.

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I was still in Stow when I got side tracked and drove to Hudson Springs Park. It is a large park with a huge lake for fishing, with walking path and pavilions.img_5840

Hudson Springs Park provides a wide range of activities. The huge lake is inhabited with bass and bluegill fishes. The meadows and woods have wildlife that include geese, ducks, deers, owls, hawks, herons and even foxes. It has 3 picnic pavilions, volleyball, a playground, and a hedge maze for kids.

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It is located at North Coast Harbor in downtown Cleveland. Great Lakes Science Center is a museum and an educational facility for people of all ages. The museum features many exhibits and supports STEM (science, technology, engineering, math).

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View infront of the Science Center, the Cleveland skyline

The facility includes signature and traveling exhibits, meeting space, a cafe, and an IMAX Dome theatre. The Science Center is home to the NASA  Glenn Visitor Center, one of the 11 such visitor centers in the United States. The facility provides science tours to students and guests.

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Right beside the Great Lakes Science Center is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. It is located in the shore of Lake Erie. It has been established to recognise and archive the history of the best-known and most influential artists, producers, engineers, and other notable figures who have major influence on rock and roll development.

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Different view of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

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Different view of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

It has different levels in the building. Most of the exhibits in every levels feature the roots of rock and roll and its major impact to cities around the world. After my visit in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I headed back home since it was getting late and the drive from downtown Cleveland to my place is about 2 hours and a half.

To top it all off, now that I’m back to blogging. It’s time for me to travel the world again. Due to blogging, it has put my life in constant move. Making it a little less stressful is a way for me to survive my stay here alone and from this view taken at work in Marietta.img_5793

Last Road Trips For 2016

I’m back in the state of Ohio and I got no schedules to fly to other states since winter is here. I have decided to do road trips within the Buckeye state or neighboring states such as West Virginia, Kentucky, and Michigan. Thus, I made up an article about my last road trips for 2016. I know this is way overdue but I’ve been busy recently prepping for new opportunities.

First on my last road trips for this year was in southern Ohio in a city called Portsmouth with side trip in West Portsmouth. It was almost 3 hours drive from Caldwell where I live. The reason why I traveled to Portsmouth was I wanted to meet a friend whom I haven’t seen for months. It was a smooth trip driving through US50 West with a speed limit of 65mph which I am not used to since I77, which is the interstate route I always drive to, has a speed limit of 70mph. Anyway, I got to Portsmouth at 1330H.

Portsmouth is a city and the county seat of Scioto county. It lies in far southern Ohio, just east of the mouth of Scioto River at the Ohio River, and across from Kentucky.

The city has some tourist attractions to boast. A few of the spots I’ve visited were:

1. The Flood Wall Murals

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Flood Wall Murals

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Portsmouth

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Flood Wall Murals and its Story in Portsmouth, Ohio

The flood wall murals clearly visualise the creativity of the locals and the history of the city. It was educational and informative. It is a half-mile long with colorful scenes and is located in Front Street.

2. U.S Grant Bridge

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U.S Grant Bridge

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U.S Grant Bridge connecting Ohio and Kentucky

This is the bridge that connects Portsmouth, Ohio to South Portsmouth, Kentucky. U.S Grant Bridge is a cable-stayed bridge which replaced the suspension bridge which was demolished back 2001.

3. Carl Perkins Bridge

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Carl Perkins Bridge

It is a cantilever bridge that spans the Ohio river between Ohio and Kentucky too like the U.S Grant bridge. This bridge was the only highway back in 2001 when the U.S Grant bridge was demolished. Carl Perkins bridge still serves as a detour connecting two states. The bridge was named after the late congressman of the 7th District in Kentucky.

4. Shawnee State Park

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Shawnee State Park

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It is a state park in Scioto county in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains near the Ohio river. It is surrounded by the state forest and was once a hunting ground  for the Shawnee Indians. The park can host a wide range of outdoor activities such as golfing, swimming, hiking, fishing, and boating. Visitors can stay overnight in Shawnee State Park Lodge.

5. Holy Redeemer Church

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Holy Redeemer Catholic Church

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It is a catholic church which was built in 1905-06 and founded by the Holy Redeemer congregation and it has been a landmark building in Portsmouth back in 1905. Holy Redeemer Catholic Church is located in 1325 Gallia St. in Portsmouth, Ohio.

Few weeks after Portsmouth, I went further south and traveled to West Virginia to catch a glimpse of the famous New River Gorge Bridge in Fayetteville. But road trips won’t be good if you don’t have side trips. Thus, I visited some places while I was in West Virginia. For the full story, visit my blog article titled West Virginia, Wild and Wonderful by clicking here.

  1. New River Gorge Bridge
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    New River Gorge Bridge

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    New River Gorge Bridge Overlook

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    View of the bridge from the Visitor Center

    2. Kanawha Falls

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    Kanawha Falls

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    Local fishing in Kanawha River

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    Kanawha Falls

    3. Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences

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    Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences

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    Hallelujah sculpture by Parley

    4. Supreme Court of Appeals in Charleston, WV

After in West Virginia, a family friend invited me to visit him and his family in northwest Ohio. His daughter has been living in Perrysburg for almost have a decade now. So since I haven’t gone that far, I have decided to come over and drove all the way to Perrysburg. I also have planned of seeing some other cities within that area and even have thought of going to Michigan. The drive from my location to Perrysburg is about 4 hours passing through Columbus.

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I passed through this stunning Toledo Mosque in Perrysburg.               photo cr: Pinterest

Perrysburg is a city in Wood county just along the south side of the Maumee River. It is about 12 miles south of Toledo and less than hour drive to Michigan. I have arrived in the city at exactly 12ooH. I met the family and had lunch with them. I, then, passed out after eating and woke up already at 1600H which was not the plan. I was planning to go to Michigan after taking a quick nap from lunch but the nap ended to be a sleep. So the family just brought me to shop in Maumee.

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The Shops at Fallen Timbers in Maumee

Maumee is a city in Lucas county located along the Maumee river. It is a suburb 10 miles southwest of Toledo. The city is one of the largest business centers in Northwest Ohio. Since it was already dark that time so, the family just took me to the malls.img_5209img_5211

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Christmas in Maumee

Then, the recent trip I had was a location of a popular movie that is shown in television every Christmas for a whole day. A friend and her family invited me to come along with them and go to Christmas Story House in Cleveland.

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Christmas Story House

A Christmas Story House is a museum located in Cleveland in Tremont neighborhood. The house is a 19th century Victorian which was used in the exterior scenes in the 1983 film with the same title. The museum contains some of the props from the movie including Randy’s snow suit, the Higbee’s window toys, and hundreds of behind the scenes photos. The house to the left of the museum features a gift shop with movie memorabilia. The house is open to the public year-round. For more information, check their website here.

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General Admission ticket for US$11

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Gift Shop

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The Famous Leg Lamp in the Living Room

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Flat Board Iron in the Second Floor

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1941 Calendar

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The Old Laundry/ Washing Machine

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Dining Table

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The Museum and Memorabilia

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Fire Truck

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Old Car

As a summary, my last road trips were within Ohio and West Virginia. I was planning of going out to Michigan and Kentucky but it didn’t come to reality in 2016. 2016 has been really good year to me and I’ve been able to travel a lot of places in the United States as well  as Canada. I am just hoping that for 2017, there will be more road trips to come.

IATA Code: CAK – Akron-Canton Regional Airport

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CAK or known as Akron-Canton Airport is a regional airport located in Ohio. It is a regional commercial airport in the city of Green which is southern area of Summit county. The airport is just off interstate 77, which is southeast of Akron and northwest of Canton thus, the name of the airport.

The airport has only two runways and yet it is one of the fastest growing airports in the Midwest. It only serves local or domestic flights bringing passengers to major hubs like O’Hare International Airport in Chicago to get connecting flights to international destinations.

I arrived in CAK at noon from driving almost an hour and a half from Caldwell. CAK has short and long term parking areas. I parked my  car in Long Term Parking ‘B’ lot since it will only charge me of US$48 for a weekly rate. If you want to check their rates, click here. I was trying to park my car and the airport’s shuttle bus was just right behind me to pick me up to bring me to the airport counter gates. It was really convenient because I don’t have to wait for the bus anymore. I got a yellow ticket from the shuttle bus driver and he said to keep it and to give it when I come back for the driver to drop me off where I left the car. That was so cool since a lot of times whenever I leave my vehicle on a big parking area, I always forget where I parked it. Funny but it happened to me almost all the time when I’m in Walmart Marietta ;).

I was then dropped off in Terminal Gate of the airport. I proceeded directly to the airline counter to get my boarding pass since I can’t do it using the kiosk. It was fast and I got my boarding pass in a jiffy.img_4934

I got spare time to wander around the airport’s departure area and got these.

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Stores in CAK Airport while waiting for your flight

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On my way to the boarding gate

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CAK Airport

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Waiting Area

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Arbys and Great Lakes Brewery

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Free Wi-Fi connection while waiting for boarding

I got to see the departure area of the airport and when I got back from my trip, I got the chance to take some photos in the arrival area.

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Welcome sign

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Baggage Pickup Area

CAK maybe considered a small regional airport but thru this airport, I got easy access to go and travel to other famous and big destinations within the country  and outside. The airport is for travelers like me who live closer to it. It only has few services and facilities offered but definitely beneficial to all flyers.

Meeting People Through One Common Interest

Gotta catch ’em all! Yes, you got it right. I am talking about a hit mobile game. Through the game, Pokémon Go, I am meeting a lot of people and I’ve been traveling quite a distance. I used to travel for one common purpose and that is to explore what the destination has to offer. But recently, I got a new reason to travel. That reason is to meeting people through one common interest, to get stronger in the game, Pokémon Go.

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photo cr: Pokémon Go

I started to get hooked in the game when it was launched and made available to all mobile users. I downloaded it last July 7th when I was still in Los Angeles, CA. My cousin’s son who is also a Pokémon follower told me about the game being online. We downloaded the game and went out to the streets to find and catch the Pokémons. Sad to say since it was just recently launched, the server kept on crashing that we have to close and re-open the app for quite a lot of times. Even though it closes several times, we got to catch some Pokémons. We were overwhelmed of the game and almost got into an accident. So, it is better to follow what the game says when you run it. That is to always look on your surroundings.img_4692A couple days after it was launched in L.A, we got to Long Beach to try to catch some water pokémons but to our surprise, we only caught Pidgeys and mostly flying Pokémons. We also went to Manhattan Beach but still failed to catch rare monsters. Even though we didn’t get what we were expecting, I still got the added benefit of playing the game. I got to see Queen Mary in Long Beach and enjoyed watching people playing beach volleyball in Manhattan Beach. Yet, I haven’t met people since the game was just released. I went back to Cleveland and drove all the way to Caldwell, my hometown. To this moment, I am still playing the game and through this game, I get acquainted to some of my neighbors who are also playing the game. I’ve talked to players online and met another trainer in Fairlawn after telling me that the cemetery is a Pokéstop heaven.

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Fairlawn’s Pokéstop Heaven

I have visited the mall in Zanesville due to a Pikachu sighting and I did capture one.

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The Most Famous Pokémon character, Pikachu

I also have gone to Athens that along the riverside in the OU school campus, you can capture most water pokémons and I did capture goldeens, squirtle and more. I’ve traveled to Marietta to see what monsters they have and got to explore the city.

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The streets of Marietta

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Marietta Park

I even went to Vienna/ Parkersburg in WV just to catch ’em all and I did wander in Julia-Ann Square Historical District.

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Julia-Ann Square Historical District

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Old Homes

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St. Marys, WV

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Middle Island in St. Marys, WV

img_4622All those places I have gone to, I met a lot of pokémon players. They were battling the gym, capturing some wild monsters but even though we were just looking on our mobile, we still got time to say hello and give information and advices on how to get stronger. I don’t socialise to people most of the time but through this game, I got to talk and meet these cool people.

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My current Pokémons

There maybe a lot of negative rumors about the game but it totally depends on how the person look at it. I find it advantageous for my case since I travel a lot and I got to do my daily walking or jogging exercise because of the game for me to hatch my poké eggs. I got to see the benefits of the game and I hope others will find it too. Yes, it is addictive but a gamer needs also to have self control.

PS: Poké trainers I met don’t want their faces showed for personal and safety reasons.

Fireman’s Festival 2016

It’s the time of the year again when all of Noble County gather in one place and that is in Caldwell which is the county seat of Noble. This festival usually takes during the end week of the month of July when the sun is up during summer season. They called it the Fireman’s Festival with one simple reason and that is to show appreciation to the people volunteering to put out fires. This would be my second Fireman’s Festival in this small town of Caldwell.

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photo cr: Caldwell Fire Dept.

 

The festival started Thursday with a parade showing some of the products, businesses, and groups of local workers. It might not be as grandiose as I used to witness some of the festivities I’ve seen back in the Philippines but somehow, Americans know how to have fun despite of being in a village. The day commenced not so good when the sky started to turn dark and in the morning, it rained heavily. The good thing about it since it rained in the morning, the sky in the afternoon was all clear. The parade started at 1830H and the town square was filled with rides. Second day of the festival was an annual 5K run. It was used to raise donations for the firefighters for the whole Noble county. A lot of runners were there with prizes to those who came first and so on.

 
The last and big day of the festival started with a matinee ride and an Allbritain’s Alignment and Repair Car Show. Old cars from 1920s aligned in the town square. Most of the cars were having historical license plates and as an audience, it was indeed amusing. Vintage cars that I haven’t seen before were right infront of me.


At exactly 1800H, the big parade took place. Almost everyone were out on the streets to witness the last day of the festival. Fire trucks from Belle Valley, Byesville, Caldwell, and etc were lining up for the parade with their sirens on. It was fun with lots of companies locally in the county to show off and give tribute to the people who made this possible, the volunteer firefighters. It was awesome and memorable.

As a conclusion of the whole festival, it was indeed a great success. With this great hit, everybody is looking forward for next year’s Fireman’s Festival. Again, the people of Noble county would like to thank the firefighters who are always there to help.