A few weeks ago I asked my mom if she had any J4 plans. She said they didn’t, but that Larbs + Matt were moving to NC just the week before. Since neither group had the energy for a 6.5 hour trip over the weekend, it was decided that we’d all meet halfway for a hike and picnic.
I literally opened Google Maps and looked for green halfway between Cville and Hillsborough! The result was Twin Lakes State Park, where there was a nice 4.5 mile hike, swimming, bathrooms and picnic grounds!
Matt and I did a poor job packing lunch in the car, but we were surrounded by food so I portioned some out for us to snack on to tide us to our picnic early dinner.
Homemade potato salad – made with roasted russets, fresh dill, yogurt, mustard, and mayo – incredible!!
Nine Grain and almond butter
And watermelon!! Yum!
When we arrived we left on our hike – a scenic trek around the second of the two lakes. The path was VERY overgrown at times – lots of poison ivy and my dad found a tick! Ick! Had it just been Matt and me I would have turned around and read my book on the beach, but mom and dad always make me feel safe! I was really surprised we did not see a snake though.
I wore my camelbak – a lifesaver – and a new firework tattoo!
I picked it up from Stinson yesterday : )
When we finished our hike – which was great despite the bugs – I drank 5 cups of iced tea + lemonade mix. Still so thirsty!
Snacked appeared – some chips, salsa and p-nuts
We had hoped to dip into the lake, but just as we arrived, so did the thunder 🙁 Storms were a’brewin
Luckily we came prepared with family fun entertainment! Mom made a game of Americana Charades! She just printed famous books, TV shows, movies, places, events and people onto computer paper and we took turns acting them out for points.
[In that last one, Dad is acting out a duck with a tail feather!!]
Mom even brought prizes – ones she knew we would all love!
Guess who won? MATT!! And guess who came in second? ME! Wheee! We each one a brew
We were able to do a little lake playing, but still no swimming – the storms were hovering too close
Yeah Matt! Catch that frog
Finally Larbs and I cleaned up for dinner. I attempted to rinse off in the showers, but found myself alone, in the dark, with spiders when the lights turned off on me. I quickly dressed and got the heck outta there still partially sweaty!
We did have a little bit of wine – don’t tell the rangers!
Our dinner was a collaboration of Great Harvest breads (of course!), garden greens with dressing, potato salad, greek pasta salad (mom’s), fruit salad, cheeses and smoked salmon. Excellent selection all around!!
Cookies + Savannah Bars for dessert. Having been a daily taste tester, I can vouch that they are not quite as good 2 days old as they are fresh, but they were still good enough to enjoy bite after bite!
Just as we started on dessert, the clouds finally opened up. We were the last folks at the park! We said goodbye to the fam and drive the 1.75 hours back to Cville. Thanks to Matt for driving so I could READ!!
Today felt like a vacation, and our 2-day weekend a full week off. We’re ready to rock and roll tomorrow!