Geauga County Fair - A favorite of mine, my family used to go every year. It's been a while since I lived in the area, but now that I'm back, there was no way I was going to miss it this time 'round! As a kid, I'd go watch the horseback riding competitions (back when I used to ride); as I got older, the focus switched more towards the incredible variety of food available. This year, I managed to do just about everything the fair has to offer, including watching the riding competitions, playing some games, eating all the foods, enjoying the circus, checking out all the crafting submissions, watching a magic show, and grooving to the musical stylings of some of the excellent bands. It was a weekend full of excitement and smiles, and I'm so glad I can do it again next year!
Boxing - Anyone following my Instagram feed knows by now that I've started boxing. For right now, I'm just taking some general heavy bag classes at Title Boxing, but I'm also studying technique and working to build my upper body a little better, with the hopes that in a few months I can afford some one-on-one training to enter the realm of competitive boxing. Or MMA, but I'm trying to start slow and learn one thing first. Classes are a great way to get used to the feel of the gear and the impact of actually hitting something, so I think I'm off to a good start!
Biking - I've started doing a little biking lately, in some of the area's amazing Metroparks and down the Towpath Trail. So far I'm not very good at it, but I'm enjoying the beautiful scenery and I get to share it with some great people, so I'd call it a win! Plus, biking the Towpath was actually part of a job I've been doing: working as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Towpath Marathon, which will be run on October 11th. I hooked this job up after running in the Towpath Ten-Ten one of my first weekends back in Cleveland, and fell in love with both the Towpath and the people who work for Canalway Partners (the organization behind the Towpath Trilogy race series). We're shaping up to have an amazing event this year, so if you're looking for a run in October, come try the Towpath! We offer full and half marathon distances, plus a 10k, all on the gorgeous trail.
Autocross - While I have yet to actually drive the Corvette, I have gotten to take a few ride-alongs with my dad when he races! I've also been allowed to ride along with some of the other drivers in other souped-up autocross cars, getting a feel for the different types of cars and how they perform. Eventually I might even take my little Hyundai out on one of these courses, just to give it a try. I'll be sure to post any and all hilarious evidence once I do this!
Indians Games - The past few years without any kind of television service (just Netflix), I haven't really been able to enjoy televised sports games, which has been a longstanding tradition in my family. Now that I'm back with my parents for a while, though, almost every night we gather 'round the living room with whatever delicious dinner mom makes (orange chicken mmmm) and throw on a game, usually the Indians. Since I returned home, the team has turned their season around, and they're quite fun to watch thanks to some of their young prodigies! I finally got to attend a game at
Shooting Range - It's been a long while since I shot much of anything, but when my aunt's boyfriend invited us all to his gun club's member appreciation picnic, I was pretty excited to handle some firearms again. We started with perfect weather, and though my experience in the past was almost exclusively with handguns, I stepped right up for the shotgun challenges and gave it my best shot (pun intended)! We were able to shoot for a little while, but sadly the skies opened up and we had to spend the rest of the evening indoors - but there was steak and grandma's pineapple cake, so I suppose it wasn't the worst that could have happened!
Whew! It's been an exciting month for me! And I'm happy to say that while my schedule will even out a little over the next few weeks, I still have plenty of interesting things on my plate to keep me busy and to provide great experiences. I'm certainly finding ways to make the most of my time and energy, and some of these things are helping me build towards an even better future. My adventures are about to take off to even greater heights, and I couldn't be more thrilled!
What exciting adventures have you had this summer? Did you have any particular standouts? What do you have planned for fall that's keeping you juiced?