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A Day Drive During Quarantine Life

Hey friends!  It’s been awhile.  If you follow me on facebook or instagram (please do), I have mentioned that one of our favorite quarantine activities is getting in the Jeep and taking long drives.  Our drives range from three hours to eight hours, all within the state of Ohio. For those of you concerned, we are being super careful. We pack drinks, snacks, and hand sanitizer while we explore the back roads of this state. Sometimes we find a local ice cream shop, a local coffee shop, or a local restaurant to support.  Sometimes, we find all of the above!  These are sweet finds that make each trip richer.  

A breve from Luckman’s drive-thru to start our last road trip.

I love soft serve (that’s a medium cone)!

This last trip we took all backroads which led us to Yellow Springs, John Bryant State Park, and Caesar’s Creek State Park. We had lunch at Young’s Jersey Dairy, a place very dear to my heart. We enjoyed burgers, cheese curds, and ice cream while sitting in the safety of our car. Speaking of safety, I was super impressed with the safety and efficiency of Young’s makeshift drive-thru. I love seeing how people and businesses are adapting to the times we are living in right now.  It’s always been important for me to support locally owned businesses so we make a point to find those as we go.   

Young’s Dairy

This burger and cheese curds . . so good!

Strawberry ice cream!

The parks we visited were so impressive.  I remember visiting John Bryant State Park a couple times while I was in college, but I don’t remember exploring many of the trails. And there are many trails jetting off to various scenic spots from various locations in the area. I’m looking forward to going back when it’s warmer to do some hiking. If you want to go now, I suggest going on a weekday so that you encounter less people. Remember to keep your distance and wear a mask. To this point, the people I saw hiking were wearing masks and stepping off to the side to let others pass at a super safe distance. There were a couple people playing tennis and no one came around them. I saw a family playing volleyball, and again, no one else approached them.  I do know that staying in the house is the best way to avoid getting sick right now or passing that sickness on, but I also believe in the restorative power of nature. So while I’m not advocating that you go out, I personally need these drives for my own well-being.  

I love a scenic drive.

Photo Credit: Korie Frost; John Bryant Park

Our backroad travels also took us through little towns like Corwin, Clifton, Roxanna, Waynesville, Spring Valley, and Harveysburg. Our drive from Yellow Springs to Caesar’s Creek took us past horse farms, goat farms, cow farms, and llama farms– so many farms and I loved it.  I also realize that even though we live pretty close to Caesar’s Creek State Park, I’ve never been. As we cruised the country roads around and through the park, we saw so many creeks, a couple lakes, and lots of rolling hills.

Caesar Creek State Park. Isn’t my driver so handsome?!

Caesar Creek.

Photo Credit: Korie Frost; John Bryant – a trail.

Any bikers out there?  And by bikers I mean cyclists.  And by cyclists I mean people who ride bicycles for fun.  If so, take your bike on this day drive because the Little Miami Scenic Trail goes through some of the very places I’m referring to such as  Spring valley, Corwin, and Yellow Springs. 

Photo Credit: Elyse Burk Wells; Bike Trail.

Photo Credit: Elyse Burk Wells; Bike Trail.

All of our quarantine drives have just made me more excited about warmer days and no more sickness.  I’m eagerly anticipating where all of our scouting will take us.  We have so places to go back to, to explore further, and to support!

P.S.- Thanks to my friends Elyse and Korie for offering up some photos.  We were not at these locations together; I just knew these two had, on separate occasions, visited some of these sights recently.

GO THERE (take a scenic drive)!  TRY THAT (explore your state)!

 

Trivia Nights of All Kinds!

I’m a game player.  Always have been.  Well, at least since my grandfather taught me to play poker at a very young age.  He was competitive and did not hesitate to take my change if I lost a hand.  Board games, card games, trivia games . . . I love it all.  Do I possibly get a little too competitive at times?  Maybe.  Do I possibly get a little annoyed when those playing with me don’t take the game seriously?  Maybe.  But, no matter what, I still love game play.  In fact, when I’m with my family, that’s pretty much what we do.  We play everything from Shanghai Rummy to Dominoes, from Sequence to Sorry, and everything in between. It’s no surprise that I’m attracted to trivia nights!

Trivia Night at Anderson Pub and Grill

I think they know everything! – Anderson Pub & Grill

I never realized there were so many games happening around the city.  Honestly, I can’t name them all so I will focus on a few I’ve frequented and enjoyed.  While many of these trivia nights are happening all year long, I think in the winter, when the doldrums set in, the weather is unpredictable, and the darkness arrives by 5:30pm, getting out on a weeknight becomes harder.  But, scheduling a trivia night with friends and enjoying good food and good drinks might be just the way to beat those winter blues.

Where to Play:

  1. Taft Ale House in OTR: Trivia on Mondays from 8pm to 10pm.
  2. Little Miami Brewing Company in Milford: Singo on Tuesdays at 7pm.
  3. Braxton Labs in Newport: Last Call Feud on Wednesdays at 7pm.
  4. Anderson Pub & Grill in Anderson: Last Call Trivia on Thursdays from 8pm to 10pm.
  5. BLOC Coffee Company in Price Hill: General Knowledge Trivia on the fourth Friday of each month at 7pm.
Friends at Trivia Night at BLOC Coffee House

A Winning Team! – BLOC Coffeehouse

Types of Games:

Trivia-

  • Think of the board game (all around knowledge is tested).
  • Most of these games, but not all, originate from a company called Last Call Trivia.
  • Play covers a variety of categories: art, anatomy, countries, sports, astrology, music, etc.
    • Play includes bonus rounds for extra points.
    • You can wager point values for your answers.
  • There are lots of theme nights happening such as Harry Potter, Seinfeld, Parks and Rec, and Disney.
  • It definitely helps to have a well-rounded team! 

Feud-

  • Think Family Feud style guessing.
  • This fun game is more “what do real people say” and less “how much knowledge do you know”. 
  • Game play is can be pretty hilarious.
  • You can go online and answer questions to be part of the survey answers.
  • It sparks great conversation; remember, it’s the most popular answer, not the right or smartest answer.

Singo-

  • I heart this game! The focus is music and recalling music of all genres and generations.
  • It’s like BINGO, but as one person told me, “it ain’t your grandmother’s bingo!”
  • Play is fast-paced.  
  • At some point, it becomes one big sing-a-long.
  • You can play as an individual or as a team.
  • Some repeat players bring their bingo dabbers (hardcore)!
  • It’s like a weeknight concert that’s free and totally feel good.
Trivia Night at Little Miami Brewing

Another Winning Team at Little Miami Brewing!

What to Expect-

  • All of these are FREE to play.
  • Games last about 2 hours.
  • NO PHONES (put “the google” away).
  • There are places offering Trivia and Game Nights every single week night.
  • There are always prizes up for grabs.
  • Most places have food and drink available. 
  • Come casual- grab a seat and relax! 

If any of you know another great place to play various types of Trivia, hit me up!  It’s a great way to break the winter blues. At the vary least, why not break up the Monday through Friday routine? It’s nice to shake things up now and then!

GO THERE (All the places)!  TRY THAT (Singo)!