On Friday morning we walked from our hotel, the Aloft, to a restaurant on the Easton campus called Northstar Cafe.
When we arrived a little after Northstar opened at 9 am, the place was already filling up.
Tom ordered the country breakfast, which was two eggs over easy topped with cheese on a buttermilk biscuit with bacon and a side of strawberry preserves.
One of my sub-goals during my birthday getaway was to eat a Dragon Donut.
Dragon donuts is a little Easton donutery around the corner from our hotel that we discovered on our last stay at the Aloft.
With my Dragon Donut jones taken care of, we then set out upon our plan for the day.
Our plan for the day, planned out by moi, was to drive to German Village, a cute, touristy neighborhood that is sort of the south bookend of downtown Columbus, then walk three miles from German Village through downtown to The Short North, also a cute, touristy spot, which is sort of the north bookend of downtown. Then we'd walk back again to German Village.
Of course, we all know what happens to the best laid plans.
In any case, we drove to German Village, and decided to start off by visiting The Book Loft, a 32-room bookstore and Columbus landmark,
For dinner we walked to another Easton restaurant called BJ's Restaurant and Brewery. I'll just leave it that we weren't crazy about the food and won't be going back.
After dinner we knocked around the idea of going to a movie at the Easton AMC, but then decided to just return to the Aloft and see if we couldn't scare up something good to stream on the TV.
I found "Friendly Persuasion," a 1956 classic starring Gary Cooper and a young Anthony Perkins (a few years before his "Psycho" fame) about a family of Quakers living in rural Indiana during the Civil War who face the moral dilemma of being pacifists when every able-bodied man in their community is needed to help the Union soldiers defend their farms and families against the fast-approaching Confederate army.
To be continued...