Picnic on the Rocks
A few weeks ago, we hiked on a beautiful fall day in Squaw Valley. The scenery was spectacular and the picnic sandwiches were extra delicious... because we earned them! But the company was the best part!
Nothing like hiking and picnicking with 2 little mountain goat, great-nephews!
Tennessee, in the Path of Totality
This may go down as the most memorable picnic ever. It was totally worth the 921 mile drive, getting to our picnic spot in Pikeville, Tennessee!
On August 20, Don and I left Sugar Land, Texas. We picked up our son in Louisiana, spent the night in Alabama, then headed towards Tennessee in hopes of finding a spot to view the eclipse in the Path of Totality! By late morning, we came upon the small town of Pikeville and found quite a number of folks picnicking in the local cemetery. Perfect! We ate our Swiss cheese sandwiches on Sunshine bread with Sun Chips and Moon Pies. (Saved our Blue Moon Beer for later) The picnic highlight was of course the 2.5 minutes of darkness, when the cemetery suddenly felt cooler and cricket sounds filled the air.
Don and I had a breakfast picnic (coffee & roll) beside the railroad tracks last June.
We found "Lookout" about 2 hours south of Casper. There was no town left, but we found a sign and one wooden building. We had hoped to find more, in the town where some of Don's relatives once worked for the railroad and post office. But we did meet the ranchers who now own the land. They found us on their property and were gracious enough not to kick us off.
A couple weeks ago, Don and I crossed over the Pecos River on our trip in West Texas. After crossing we headed up to the viewing area and found a couple of picnic shelters.
It wasn't a planned picnic, but we had food in the car. We couldn't miss out on an opportunity to picnic above the impressive Pecos River. We ended up having a fun chat with a traveling couple from Georgia. The woman was from Korea originally and she and I had a sort of amusing conversation about foods of Korea. We both misunderstood each other about 10 times, which sent the conversation off on wild tangents. Memorable!
Don and I have entered Mexico through Big Bend Park's legal crossing, twice before. We didn't have time on our recent trip, but we did have a picnic with a view of Mexico.
As we ate our sandwiches, we watched 3 men paddle across the Rio Grande towards the US side. They climbed the hill to check on the crafts they had displayed on a large rock. It's illegal to buy "contraband" and we already have walking sticks and wire animals from previous trips across the border. We finished our lunch, then grabbed a bag of 20 candy canes from the car. Don wrote a note in Spanish, (For the children) and left the bag and note near the money can. 20 toothbrushes would have been a better gift...
The best thing about this picnic a week ago, was seeing our great nephews and catching up with their parents. The most interesting part of our picnic was observing other picnics in this park, just miles from the headquarters of Apple Inc. In one direction, we watched a family gathering with colorful saris and cricket bats. The patriarch of the group was grilling kabobs nearby. Another gathering had little girls in colorful party dresses, a table of wrapped gifts, a pinata and balloons. The playgrounds were filled with children and parents of all colors!
High Above Lake Tahoe
Yesterday Don and I had a pretty special picnic. We drove up to a trail that gave us a wonderful view of Lake Tahoe, without miles of strenuous hiking. It was still tough. I finished my last chemo less than 3 weeks ago, so I had to take it slow. We had ham and turkey sandwiches, chips and lots of water for hydrating. The fresh, cool air smelled of pine and the view couldn't have been more spectacular. Too bad you can't see the lake in this photo, but we were staring right down at it!
This hardly looks like a picnic, but it was a special one. We were having breakfast burritos and coffee at the National Mall in D.C. Our bench gave us a view of our first stop that morning, The Lincoln Memorial.
We started out early on a warm July day. Scott called in our burrito order for pick up. Chail (who took the pic) helped get their puppy to "doggy daycare" and we reached the Mall before the crowds and heat became miserable. We carried leftovers in case we found someone hungry, but the crowds seemed to be well fed!
This picnic took place last month at Paradise Springs Winery in Virginia. It was my son, Scott's 27th birthday and we had to rush to get there after his work, before the winery closed for the day.
We purchased a couple bottles and headed out to have our pick of the tables, near the vineyard. Chali and her dad, Fred pulled out the cheese, bread, crackers and pate. Don and I jumped in with some toasts and Lola the pup was on her best behavior. What a beautiful setting for a picnic!
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!