Day 329 – Richard’s First Day in Northern Ohio

November 25, 2009

My friend Richard Amos came home with me for Thanksgiving, and since it was his first time in Northern Ohio, I showed him around. After we took Aaron Mortier to the airport so he could fly to Virginia, we started exploring. First we went to Crocker Park, which was closed still since it was only 8 a.m. So, from there we drove along Lake Erie from Avon Lake to Amherst, stopping along the way. We stopped twice in Avon Lake, then at the Lorain pier and Black River Landing. Even though it was kind of chilly, it was a pretty nice day, and the lake was as smooth as glass. Luckily, the rain held off until late afternoon, so we had clear skies for our adventures.

After wandering along the lake, we made a quick stop at the high school, then went to the new Perk Avenue Coffee Shop in uptown (downtown) Amherst. I am impressed with how nice it looks! Amherst needed a modern coffee shop. Then, we visited Mr. Strohm and Ms. Alexander for a while. It was nice to see and talk to them for a while. Lunch with Sean soon followed. We ate at Ziggy’s, another recently renovated Amherst restaurant, then went back to Sean’s house for a few minutes. We decided then to go to Target to pick up something for Richard. We did not find what we were looking for, but we did find Amanda and her mom, who were also shopping! It was very nice to see the two of them, even if for a minute.

From that point, since we had been up since 6:15 a.m., we were pretty tired, so we came home and took a nap until dinner. The rest of the night was uneventful, except for my grandparents from Tennessee, aunt, and uncle came to visit for a little while. My grandparents are in town for Thanksgiving, and it is always very nice to see them.

I am very grateful to have had a day to take time to relax and spend time with family and friends!