Good morning friends.. got up and out by about 615am yesterday and headed out on a leisurely drive north, with minimal cars on the road and the skies clearing as we drove, we chatted and enjoyed the beautiful day that was forming in front of our eyes, filled with anticipation.
As we pulled up to our destination there was a huge wooden painted sign that said, trails closed and not another car in sight. Now we had checked multiple times on the web-site to see if there was any indication that it was closed due to Covid (which it did state a few weeks ago) and it was not.. so rather than get frustrated, we pulled out our trusty cell phone and googled for another option and found High Point Monument park nearby and we got back in the truck and drove 20 or so more miles and arrived to find it open and pretty empty and on a decent sized lake.. so hubby grabbed his fishing stuff and I decided to explore.. I followed monument trail which was short, but a bit rocky and uphill and it lead to the monument while hubby fished.. I made my way back down and then he and I took the road up to the top again so we could see it and the gorgeous view together. We sat for a view moments and took it all in, we ate the sourdough roll with butter and boiled eggs and oranges I had packed for us... And more importantly it really drew our attention and focus to the true reason for this weekend.. to honor and remember those who laid down their life for us all, the greatest testament to love that exists. John 15:13.
As we were looking around, the crowds were beginning to form so we decided to head back down to the market we wanted to stop at next to our original hike destination and when we arrived there, the wooden hand painted "trails closed" sign had been replaced with one of those huge flashing roadside signs that still said "trails closed" yet the parking lot was filled with cars and people were making their way up the mountain towards the Stairway and through the fields to the left towards the boardwalk..
We headed to Heaven Hill and picked up some flavored jam, a bottle of maple bacon spread and a bottle of blackberry wine. We were intoxicated by the smell of apple cider donuts, so we grabbed a 6 pack of those and then we decided ice cream would be lunch, he got the vanilla peanut butter and I got the pineapple cheesecake.. holy yum. we ate it in the parking lot as we sat on the back of the truck watching a family. 5 adults one infant in a stroller who decided to make a picnic on the grass behind the store and began to play frisbee and were totally unaffected by the fact that a parking lot full of strangers were watching.
We made one more stop before we headed home to another lake that we had originally wanted to see but when we got there we saw the sign that it was currently filled to capacity so we turned around and headed home..
We both were tired from the long day so naps were in order.. when we awoke I really didn't feel like cooking but was craving red meat so we ordered cheesesteaks from the local pizzeria, mine in a wrap, oh and you can bet your sweet bippy that I had one of those scrumptious cider donuts too.. Not my best day of healthy choices, that's for sure.. but when I look back on the day that was.. that is the last thing that will come to mind.
I did jump on the treadmill for an extra mile because I needed to work a little bit of that sugar off.,. and I wanted to reset my body for today so that it heads in the right direction with minimal effort!
We are headed with Nan and Pop to visit my son, DIL and Ryder, here seen doing his best "Elvis" impersonation, for a few hours then to have a mini BBQ at the compound with the usual suspects..
Have a blessed Memorial Day. Thank you to all who have served, who are serving and who will serve.