Many moons ago my dad and I spent a lot of time planning a Mother’s Day hike and picnic halfway between Charlotte and Hillsborough. When my grandmother suddenly died, we postponed it and this was the first available weekend we could all reschedule. Hence all the Mother’s Day talk in June. And since Father’s Day is just a week away, go ahead and think of this post as Parent’s Day!
Matt and I got our AC fixed (thanks to a speedy and awesome electrician, it looks better than new!)
And around 12:30 we had a quick lunch before we set out for Lexington
I had a spinach salad with leftover bok choy and peppers with hummus and Food Should Taste Good chips…
Plus a pile of cherries! My very favorite summer fruit. I was just thinking last week how I complain that my favorite fruit is $5.99/lb. And yet I can buy a glass of wine for $12 without thinking twice!? More money deserves to be spent on good produce!!
That giant cherry? That’s a baby organic plum!! And it was the highlight of my lunch.
And we were off.
The Bears wanted to see their Grandma Buzz. They were thrilled to be presented with $1 each as a fun present!!
Our hike commenced at Boone’s Cave Park, which is rumored to be a cave that Daniel Boone once rested in. I hear there is little evidence to prove so, but let’s pretend.
We hiked for about an hour. I MAY have poison ivy in 48 hours!! It was a tight squeeze, but the scenery was nice!
The country’s largest Cottonwood tree! Makes me think of Cottonwood Pumpkin Ale
About an hour (~1.5 miles) into our hike the distance started rumbling and a storm was brewing.
Soon enough we were sprinting back to the picnic area and our cars. And the heavens opened upon us!!
2 miles of hiking was enough – we were ready for wine + a picnic!!
We ventured a few miles off I-85 to Zimmerman Vineyards. Totally gorgeous!! And the perfect spot for a picnic.
We tasted down the line and particularly loved the 2006 Chardonnay and the Cab!!
We absolutely love Zimmerman’s wines!! They were all complex – notes of bleu cheese, spice, fresh fruit – and very impressive in their sophistication.
Even Buddy was cute!
We got a bottle of the Chardonnay to have with our picnic dinner – and dad got a few bottles of the delicious reds!
This picnic was worth a long wait!
I brought Livin’ Spoonful crackers from Open Sky to have with cheese. Karen LOVES these!! They’re so nutty and seedy.
Plus Old London Melba Snacks – sea salt flavor. They were a huge hit.
We had a selection of cheeses from Weaven St. Market in Hillsborough
Man, the gorgonzola was INCREDIBLE! Plus a really good caraway (which I love) and brie
And dad splurged on Wild Alaskan smoked salmon!!!!!!!!! It was the best smoked salmon I’ve ever had. Very smoky and very flavorful.
Of course Great Harvest bread was involved
Mom made a delicious fruit salad
I made a kale salad, which was just OK
And Karen made broccoli salad – loved it!
Sabra hummus – for flava
I had a couple of glasses of wine throughout dinner. Too much! But it was a fun occasion and worth any side effects that might be showing ….about now!
Gosh, I sure ate enough too. Everything tasted amazing!!
Buddy and I played Footsie
Round IV (should have been an IV to my veins!!)
Matt got to talkin’ with the owner of the vineyards. We were so impressed by their hospitality!
Our dining spot
I finally gave my mom her Mother’s Day gift
Dad gave her some nice earrings
After chatting with the winery owners, we broke into the Kodiak brownies
They were amazing!! I think I had 3!?
The Bears loved their trip
So much that they begged to go home with Grandma Buzz!
And they got to! Grandma Buzz offered to take them during the move. They can’t wait to play with Billis and Ducky and Daffy and Pistachio and Doodles and Snowflake and Janie and Cathy and Bunny!!
We will miss you Beaker, Bocker and Churton!
An hour and a half drive later, I’m home once again and full of wine + cheese + brownies.
Tomorrow starts my third-to-last week at the hospital.