Lightseeing in northern Columbus

Lightseeing 2014

Have you noticed that a new word - lightseeing - has entered the vernacular in recent years? Lightseeing is like siteseeing, only it's focused specifically on seeking and admiring festive holiday lights. It's the phenomenon where you pile your family into the car after dark and head out to see neighborhoods decked out with holiday light displays - the bigger, brighter and gaudier, the better. Take my advice - singing Christmas carols as you go only enhances the experience! Last night, after … [Read more...]

Shale Hollow Preserve, a creeking gem

Shale Hollow Preserve 2014

Our favorite new Central Ohio family fun discovery and the crowning gem of summer 2014 was without a doubt Shale Hollow Preserve, which just happens to be less than two miles from our house. Although this natural wonderland officially opened in December 2013, we didn't visit it until this summer in peak creekin' season. What a jewel we found. Situated on 188 acres, there are some unique geological features at Shale Hollow that make it more than just a pretty spot to go creek-walking and … [Read more...]

Smashburger is smashing!

Smashburger yums

Do y'all know the expression "smashing"? Growing up in the US with fresh-off-the-boat English parents meant that often times as a kid, I'd find myself saying things and having my friends just give me blank stares in return. Fortunately, now as an adult - thanks in large part to our Anglophile culture and the glorification of all things Brit - most people have heard these terms before or at least can figure out what I'm talking about. Anyway, needless to say I had to find SOME way to describe … [Read more...]