A Funny Table
Don and I found this curious stone table a couple years ago while driving through a small neighborhood in the lake resort town of Horseshoe Bay.
I can't remember why we happened to have sandwiches with us, but we were pretty excited to find the table with a nearby creek. After eating, we followed a hiking trail of some kind that made us feel like we were trespassing in people's backyards. I would surely have forgotten this picnic memory if I hadn't run across the photo.
Oklahoma 1996 with the Longs
2 moms and 5 kids set off for a day of adventure, nearly 2 decades ago. This photo shows me looking pretty giddy, (and the kids less so) about 90 minutes into our full day.
We had just purchased sausage and cheese from Lovera's Italian Market, in the tiny town of Krebs. (Although all I see is junk food) And then we were headed for Hugo, OK! Our goal was to discover the winter home for the Carson & Barnes Circus. The 3-hour drive did not lead to any free elephant rides or trapeze lessons, but we did find some pretty curious circus related gravestones in a nearby cemetery. The Longs and Zientys have chuckled about this day for years.
Missouri in 1988
For my birthday, I chose a picnic with Don and 18 month old Heidi... on a gravel bar, somewhere south of St. Louis. Heidi looks happy and Don looks like he's soaking up the first tanning sun of the season.
I love seeing the old tulip quilt! I once used that quilt as my storytelling "Magic Quilt", in classes with kids. That was before we wore it out as a picnic quilt. Not wise. On the edge of the photo, I see the 10-ton video camera bag. There must be some footage of this day somewhere!
Utah- November 2013
We hadn't planned on a picnic, but who can resist this odd stop with an inviting table! We were on a road trip, about to cross the border from Utah to Nevada, when we came upon the Bonneville Salt Flats.
I grabbed the muffins and coffee from the car and took a seat beside the nearby sea of salt! There was something oddly futuristic about this scene. The salt looked more like snow and the shelter and distant mountains looked like a set for a Twilight Zone episode. I'm not sure a muffin picnic suits this scene. A feast of foods that needs salt, (think egg or a margarita) would have been more appropriate!
I remember this lunch stop that Don and I made in Kansas, on the way to Colorado. We were traveling with precious cargo... by the name of Tommy.
A few months earlier, it had become clear that my mother could no longer care for her sweet pet. My brother and his wife offered to take the little guy into their home in Idaho. The drive from Texas was bittersweet, as we prepared to handover this sweet pup. We spoiled Tommy the whole way... feeding him junk food on picnics, letting him share our hotel bed. I fretted more and grew more attached, the closer we got to Boulder. But when we finally rendezvoused in a hotel parking lot, I watched Chris and Karen laugh and carry on, as Tommy's slobbering tongue washed their faces. Watching those silly 3 together, I knew he would be fine. They spoiled him rotten for 4 years!
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!