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bikes, a picnic + Cleveland

Monday, May 23, 2016

Slightly obsessed with this photo of Jeff. It's the lock screen on my phone. *Insert a million heart emojis.*

The weather is finally warming up again in Ohio. I feel like I've probably said that five times already by now but this great state keeps doing that awesome thing where it's warm then all of a sudden the temperatures drop like crazy and we have a second, third or forth winter. It's a wild ride but it makes you appreciate the warm weather even more.

Jeff and I have been really really bad about riding our bikes this year. I can count on one hand how many times I've ridden in the last few months. It honestly makes me feel a little bit guilty. I definitely miss it. I want so badly to get back into biking as regularly as I used to. Since it finally is warming up, hopefully for good this time,  I suggested we go on a bike ride / picnic date to get the ball rolling.

We biked to a secluded spot along the river. It was the perfect place to take a break, and have a picnic. We watched as boats and rowers made their way across the river. Rowing is apparently a really huge thing here. Must of had fifteen groups of them go by! Some geese and their babies joined us for a bit, coming just close enough to hiss at us a whole bunch. The sun set slowly and treated us to a most beautiful golden hour. Sometimes I still can't believe I live here. It's like the absolute furthest thing from where I grew up but somehow it fits so perfectly for me. I can't get over the fact that I can just hop on my bike and three miles away watch the sunset across downtown Cleveland. We aren't the grandest city, but we're definitely something special. As much as I daydream about running away to the desert I can't imagine living anywhere else but here.

For our picnic, Jeff made us sandwiches which I really wish y'all could taste through the screen. I've never been all that crazy about lunch meat but I would have to say Jeff showed me the way. These sandwiches are a super simple food made gourmet. That boy can pick some fiiiine ingredients! Drinks? Those are my strong point. I picked up some Milo's Cafe Style Tea in two flavors, green citrus tea, and sweet tea. This is the first summer of my life where I actually like sweet tea. Do you guys get jealous of drinks other people really love but your taste buds don't appreciate yet? I definitely do. Coffee was one of those things, sweet tea and lemonade too. I've come around to all of them. FINALLY. These new teas are affordable, organic, and made with no preservatives, additives or acids.  We nearly polished off the whole bottle. Bike rides make me incredibly thirsty and this stuff is so refreshing! Use the store locator to find where to purchase near you. If you're in CLE, Steelyard WalMart carries it! PS. They'll be located in the refrigerated juice + dairy section since it's all natural!

I ended up getting a flat tire, and we had to walk back home after eating but it was seriously such a gorgeous evening that I didn't even mind. I'm pretty sure picnics in this spot will need to be a regular thing for us!

Cheers to you, Cleveland! I'm so glad to have moved here.

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Milo’s Tea, but all opinions are my own. #pmedia #TastetheMilosDifference

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  1. Great post! The lighting in these photos is really beautiful.

    I also just wanted to let you know that I love/am obsessed with your blog :-) It's one of my must-reads for sure. Keep being awesome!

  2. Awesome!! That looks like so much fun!!! I was the same way with coffee and I've finally come around to it. Not a fan of the sweet tea and lemonade (2-3× the daily recommended amount of sugar) but I've started making all our syrups and grinding our beans daily. Soooo tasty!!! Can't wait to hit our bikes on friday!!

    1. That's awesome! I'm still such a coffee newb. I'm excited to learn more about it.

  3. Great photos! And I wish you even more great finds in the food/drinks in the future!
    Btw I always thought you are vegan Kaylah, growing up around so many animals, have you thought about it? Or being vegetarian?

    1. Thanks!

      Nope, I'm not. I was vegetarian for seven or eight years.

  4. I'm from Columbus and definitely agree, while we may not be the most glamorous, we definitely have a lot going on in our gorgeous state. Beautiful pictures.

  5. Great photos! Seems like a fun day out! x

  6. This looks like such a fun time!

  7. Your posts actually helped inspire me to get a bike! I bought a vintage 1980s Norco in beautiful condition from Craig's List about a month and a half ago. After I bought it I read through ALL of your bike related posts to pump me up to cycle to work everyday (I live/work in Vancouver and so most of my cycle to work is along the seawall with an epic view of the ocean and mountains). Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Holy smokes! Thats awesome!!! I'm so so so excited to hear that! <3


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