Recently, I traveled to Cleveland for a friend’s wedding. Despite a nasty rehearsal-dinner hangover and some questionable weather the Saturday morning before the big event, my husband and I went exploring. We took off from the Intercontinental Hotel, where we had stayed the night before, and headed into the heart of University Circle.
And what a lovely little run it turned out to be.
Every turn of our journey revealed one of two things: a state-of-the-art building or a picturesque landmark. The rain stopped less than a mile in, and we settled among the bright green springtime blooms and popping tulips while traveling past The Museum of Art, the Museum of Natural History and the Cleveland Botanical Gardens, just to name a few. We discovered a few little lakes, lots of statues and some Bad Angel horns in the sidewalk(!).
Somewhere around mile three — mind you, still nursing a hangover — we were PARCHED. Luckily, we had just wandered onto Case Western Reserve University. And surely, a school would have water fountains all around, right? Wrong. Gah! WHERE IS ALL OF THE WATER? We stumbled onto the softball team at practice, begged for a sip out of their Gatorade cooler and were rewarded with our very own bottles of water. Thanks, Case Western softball team! You’re our new favorite!
We wound around Case’s Greek houses, which my husband described as very “Harry Potter-esque,” before heading back toward the Cleveland Clinic and our hotel. On the way back, we found some beautiful pathways in and through the local landmarks, and they were decorated with fountains, statues and other artsy-fartsy touches.
All in all, it was a lovely little run. Who knew Cleveland had such nice scenery? If you’re ever in the area, I’d highly recommend it. Just make sure you bring water (or check the softball practice schedule). — Aidz