Summer as we know it is stretching its legs for its last little bit. These next few weeks and weekends are precious - the last lazy, hot moments before bags are packed and school bells start ringing. This past weekend, my family decided to take a last-minute day trip up to Lake Erie before everyone goes their separate ways here this fall. So, on Saturday at 7am, we were all in the car (snoozing) while Dad navigated us north.
We had never been, but I almost could not believe we were still in Ohio. Have you been to Lake Erie before? It is beautiful! Although, at one point, I told the car that we had driven three hours to look at the same scenery we had back home (corn, so much corn); but then, magic! The cornfields opened up and we were in a world of pastels and little wooden shutters and a lapping lake and sandy beaches and it just didn't feel like Ohio at all. We didn't have a plan, but ultimately decided to bop between Port Clinton and Lakeside. (Put-In-Bay, I'm coming for you another day!)
We picnicked under Marblehead Lighthouse and walked along the beach at a park down the road. Lake Erie is the shallowest of the lakes, and my sisters and I decided to walk out as far as we could - we got out to a little rocky island before we turned back, further than anyone in swimsuits! When the rain clouds popped up, we stopped by a local winery to sip, and then headed for dinner at a little joint that sold lake fish. I've been on a search for the best fish taco, so I tried the tacos at Jolly Roger's - were they the best? No. But, they were good. We sat on the patio and all through the meal my little sister had been eyeing the flock of seagulls swarming around the parking lot. As I left, she threw the pieces of her dinner roll at me and, for a brief moment, I lived the horror of a Hitchcock movie. Tippi Hedren, I got you girl. Birds are straight-up terrifying.
We drove home in the rain and listened to good music, which is the best way to end a day trip. Lake Erie, you guys. If you live in the Midwest, get thee to a lake and relax. Let me know how it goes. (you'll love it)