O HI – OHIO!

September, 23rd…
Today marks our first trip to a NEW state. While Cate has been to Ohio before, this is Michelle’s first “new state” to add to her list. We are Cleveland bound!

For the most part, we are going to try to avoid highways and interstates as much as possible. Who wants to spend their days in between trucks and watching out for state troopers with the only scenery to see being the next McDonalds and Wendy’s sign. We had looked at taking several different routes up to Cleveland and decided that while the way we chose was going to probably take about 2 hours longer than normal, we were up for the drive.

The car is packed, we have had our coffee, Ed and Gabe are waving us away from the driveway, we are on our way!

Our first stop: Carlisle, PA. Carlisle is home to Dickinson College, Cate’s alma mater.
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Cate had not been back to Carlisle, or Dickinson in about 6 years and was excited to see the campus and hopefully a few friendly faces. Fall is arguably the most spectacular time at Dickinson with the leaves changing, crisp air and sun peeking through the limestone walls.
The first thing we thought (well, after Cate was stressing about getting yet another parking ticket on campus, she may hold the record for most on campus parking tickets in the last 15 years…), was how young everyone looked. Sure, we have only been out of college 10 years, but nothing will make you feel older than watching the freshman
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Lucky enough, Cate was able to connect with a few of her old professors including Prof. Theresa Barber (her senior advisor), Prof. Andy Skelton, Prof. Diane DiClemente (now Prof. Brockton!) and Karen Faryniak.  Also, Dickinson alums, did you know that they now sell sushi in the Underground?!?! Wow, times have changed!IMG_6372     photo 5 copy 4
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 Back on the road, we drove 322 up through the Allegheny mountains and through State College. The drive was absolutely breathtaking. Fall has definitely arrived in PA. Some of our favorite towns we drove through were Philipsburg, Bald Eagle and Punxsutawney (well just a few miles from it!). Here are some pics from our drive.
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 We arrived in Cleveland around 8, exhausted and ravenous. 522 miles later, we were ready for dinner – and a beer! Cate’s dad who has done a ton of work in the Cleveland area suggested we head to Fat Heads Brewery. The food was delicious (probably one of the best black bean burgers we have ever tasted), the beer even better. The Spooky Tooth Imperial Pumpkin Ale is a MUST.
Megan and Donovan and Steven and Craig, thank you so much for showing us a fun time in Cleveland and sharing your stories with us over dinner and beers.
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