Colorado in September
Since mesa verde means green table, It seemed fitting that we should have a picnic! (Of course I didn't know that trivia when we were sitting there eating sandwiches.) I do know that I was giddy about heading off to explore. I had always wanted to visit the famous cliff dwellings near Durango. I was eager to learn about the Ancestral Pueblo people who made their home in the area over 700 years ago. Who knows, long ago some of those very people might have shared a bit of food on the very spot where we sat.
My sister took this photo of our picnic last April. It's filled with nostalgia. We were visiting our father, in the town where we tasted our first Steak-n-Shake hamburgers. We spent a glorious afternoon, just relaxing in lawn chairs and wandering the paths. Dad showed us the caves he remembered exploring as a young boy. We watched the kids on the playground and laughed at our own playground memories from childhood. And the pets... well they had a mighty fine time, too!
Mother's Day Magic at Enchanted Rock
In 2011, we had a Mother's Day gathering at one of Texas' most intriguing State Parks. You can't see the magical, pink granite dome we hiked, earlier. But you can see 2 mothers and one mother-to-be! I am on the right beside my 2 kids. My sister-in-law, Jane is on the left... beside her son. His smiling wife is in the blue cap. Ginel was expecting their first and today I have 2 adorable nephews, ages 2 and 5! I love Mother's Day and I love picnics!
Mom's Picnic List
In honor of my mother on the first Mother's Day since she has passed, I dedicate a new list... Mom's Picnic List!
Mom loved picnics and she raised her kids to appreciate the simple pleasures of food, family and friends in the great out of doors.
I will spend a year reflecting on as many past picnics as I can remember. But, I'll also
appreciate the here and now by creating new picnic experiences. My goal is to share at least 60 picnic memories, since that's how many years Mom was a mom!
Let the picnics begin!