It is so rare that I get a Saturday off from work, but a few weeks ago I was lucky enough to not have to work, so I made plans with two of my close friends who live in Columbus. I headed down there to meet my friend at Northstar Cafe, which is pretty well-known in Columbus. Their veggie burger is mentioned a lot on reviews for the restaurant, so I thought I'd try it out for myself. It's made with rice, beets, and black beans, and tastes a little different from any other veggie burger I've ever tried, but I really liked it.
I love trying to find "different" things to do rather than just the same old. What are some cool things you've done in your town lately?
Right after enjoying our meal, my friend and I headed downtown because we had booked a Segway tour through SegAway Tours. The tour itself is 2 hours long and we got to go all through downtown Columbus. I've driven a lot through the downtown, but I never really stopped and looked at the different buildings. We got to see the Statehouse, the old post office, the Santa Maria, Northbank Park, and Victorian Village, just to name a few of our stops.
We actually had to have a 20 minute training session on the Segway before we began our tour. I really needed that!! I don't think I could have participated in the tour if we didn't get time to practice, because it took me some time to get the feel of the Segway. When I first got on the thing, I felt like I had no control, my hands were shaking, and I really thought I was going to injure myself. The biggest obstacle for me was that I expected it to be perfectly still when I wanted it to be, but it was constantly moving and it took some getting used to. I was so worried that I was going to run someone over or get too close to the curb and wipeout. Eventually I got the hang of it and felt much more comfortable after the first bit of the tour because we had practiced moving ourselves around, gliding around pedestrians, and crossing the street. By the end of the tour, we were weaving in and out of things like pros!
Everyone got their own helmet with a speaker so that we could all hear the guide when he talked. I learned a few facts about the city of Columbus...like that the original name of the city was going to be Ohio City and that there is a shop in the Statehouse that sells goods made in Ohio only--how perfect for regional gifts! The tour was a lot of fun because we learned some history, visited some sights, and got experience the Segway. Many people honked, waved, tried to high-five us, or asked us questions about the Segways, so that was kind of cool, too. I would recommend doing the tour at least once, but if you do ride a Segway, be sure to wear some shoes with support. I wore flat sandals that I got at Target, and my feet were so sore by the end of the tour. I also didn't know that the Segway had a little pouch that we could put stuff in, and I would have brought water if I had known. I was pretty dehydrated by the end of the tour because it was hot out the day we went.
Here are a couple of pictures from the tour! Just a warning, my friend is 5'1" and I am 6'0" and also pulled up a bit closer than she did, so I look like a freakish giant.
Afterwards, I met up with another friend to go to the Columbus Food Truck Festival. After walking around and scoping everything out, we decided to get some Mexican food. I opted for some tacos and my friend had quesadillas.
Truthfully, it was nice doing something a little different and just sitting in the grass chatting with my friend. I don't really have that many friends left in Ohio because I just fell out of touch with a lot of them, some moved away, and the friends that I made when I lived overseas live far away, so I really did enjoy this opportunity to meet up with two old pals in a day. For dessert, we stopped at the cupcake truck and I tried a creamsicle cupcake--can I just say YUM?