Oh A-Booze-Walkin’ We Will Go!

I believe an introduction to one of my favorite past-times is in order: Booze Walks!

When Boyfriend and I first moved down to Northern KY from Columbus, we discovered the multitude of urban walking opportunities around us. We were right around the corner from a quaint little German-inspired town square called Mainstrasse with pubs, restaurants and shops

Mainstrasse illustration

 

Zola - BEST burgers AND they use the right fries (steak fries all the way, yo)

Zola – BEST burgers AND they use the right fries (steak fries all the way, yo)

Fountain in the middle of Mainstrasse

Fountain in the middle of Mainstrasse

in addition to about a mile walk away from downtown Cincinnati. This was typically our choice of route to get to Cincy

Roebling suspension bridge from Covington, KY to downtown Cincinnati

Roebling suspension bridge from Covington, KY to downtown Cincinnati

One pleasant Friday evening, we were discussing what we wanted to do for dinner. Neither of us were all that hungry and instead decided to just fill a couple water bottles with our beverage of choice (wine for me – some Franzia Chardonnay works quite well – and whiskey/rum and Coke for him) and start meandering toward Cincinnati and see what we stumbled upon. And thus, our cheaper, more active, more stimulating version of a pub crawl was born: Booze Walking.

That's white wine - not pee. Works well with red wine too. Boxed wine's most economical & eco-friendly for this I found.

That’s white wine – not pee. Works well with red wine too. Boxed wine’s most economical & eco-friendly for this, I’ve found.

Now, in that first year, we were quite ambitious and were happy to walk with our libations pretty much regardless of the weather conditions outside. I’ve learned how to bundle up quite well (layers are, of course, key.)

This isn't from a booze-walk, but this gives you an idea of how much I'll forgo any sense of fashion so as to be able to handle a booze walk in the frigid cold. Hey, a girl's got her priorities...

This isn’t from a booze walk, but this gives you an idea of how much I’ll forgo any sense of fashion so as to be able to pursue a booze walk in the frigid cold. Priorities…

We both enjoyed ourselves endlessly because we were able to explore all over the Cincinnati/NKY area, drink very inexpensively, and never worry about designated drivers, cabs, where to leave our car, etc. Not to mention, I loved the fact that we were getting a good amount of exercise in during our weekend outings. Granted, the beverage-ing aspect of our walks prevented us from hitting any sort of PR with regards to pace, but we certainly covered anywhere from 2-8 miles depending on where we decided to go.

Since moving to Harrisburg, I’m sad to say that our booze walks have been very limited – mainly because our previous go-get-‘er spirit in spite of the cold has dwindled in our old age. However, last night we did venture out into the snow and cold in search of some dinner and I brought along some red wine for myself (Good thing too! We struck out twice before finally settling on a pub not too far from our place, so I had plenty of time to leisurely enjoy my brought-along beverage :D) It was refreshing to get out not only for a walk but also for a lovely revisit of the booze walk. Maybe there’s hope for us yet to dust off the cob-webs and get our rusty selves out more often for these enjoyable outings…

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