this weekend was fall break for me, so k and i took a little road trip to ann arbor. we visited my friend kristie, who happens to be from the same hometown as k. kristie and i have been friends for going on ten years. i usually only get to see her at christmas or when she happens to be passing through kentucky. this was the first time i'd ventured up north to see her in her natural habitat, and wow...she lives in such a beautiful place.
we stayed in the house where she lives, which is a kind of old-fashioned boarding house. blue bottles lined the windows.
this large copper kettle sat on the antique stove, ready for making morning coffee.
i hopscotched on the way to our adventures.
we visited a nearby park to see the beautiful trees. this photo is absolutely not retouched. those are the colors: burning orange, deep burgundy, clear blue, grass green. k and i sat on a bench taking it all in, then looked up to see...
are you ready to have your mind blown?
this couple with their new baby. what's so special about running into them? they lived in the same prefecture as us in japan! we hadn't seen or talked to jessica and dylan since we lived in japan two years ago, and then they just happened to be at the same park as us in michigan. how serendipitous!
kristie showed us around downtown at night. i snapped pictures of neon lights.
k heard about "the best ramen shop in the midwest" so we headed out to matsu chan in canton, michigan with kristie and her friend catherine. the noodle shop was a hit!
we also managed to swing by lake erie on our way back home. i dipped my toes in the cool lake water and crunched my way through the dry yellow leaves that dotted the sand.
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it felt wondeful to get away from real life for a few days! i hope you had a great weekend, too. i realize we're already halfway through another week, but is there anything you're still savoring from last weekend? or something you're looking forward to this weekend?