Since the first fall that Keith and I were dating, we have taken a drive up Blue Mountain to look at the leaves. It's something he used to do with his parents as a kid, and he was really excited to take Bert on his first fall foliage outing. Saturday looked like a nice day for a drive and we figured the leaves would be changing by now but didn't want to wait too long and drive around looking at bare branches, so off we went.
First things first though: a stop at the base of the mountain for lunch at the Blue Mountain Family Restaurant.
They have amazing chicken and waffles and the best part is they will set a quarter of your waffle aside to be topped with ice cream for dessert. Pumpkin pie ice cream on a warm waffle. Now that says fall.
Outside the restaurant is a nice playground, complete with a Bert-sized slide. Of course, we had to put him on it. He wasn't sure what to think so one trip down was enough.
After our food and fun, we strapped ourselves back in the car and headed up over the mountain. The leaves weren't as bright and colorful as some other years. We're guessing the super hot weather over the summer and then the deluge of fall rain might have something to do with it.
It was a little bit of a trip down memory lane because on the other side of the mountain are the ski slopes Keith took me to on our first date.
Bert was quite content to ride along in the back as we wound our way back towards home.
On our way back, we spotted this restaurant. We may need to make a change to our dining tradition.
Continuing and making traditions just might be one of our favorite parts of being a family!