Holiday weekend

We are enjoying a nice weekend around here!

Saturday the family got together for a picnic at Moreau State Park.  We got there early because the park fills up fast!  John and I biked.  We stopped to pick up something on the way:

Have munchkins, will travel!  They actually traveled quite well. It was a 12+ mile ride to the park.  Best part? Bikers get in free!

Moreau State Park is really beautiful.

We got there (or my sister’s family did) early enough to snag a BBQ grill!

My brother-in-law slicing up marinated venison spiedies.  These are a regional dish, basically kabobs and always served with italian bread. The venison was courtesy of my sister and BIL’s haul from the last deer season.

John and I tried our hand at canoeing!

Safety first!

John’s PFD was camo, which struck me as really funny for some reason.  It’s so not John.  I was in the back steering and made John do the paddling.  :mrgreen:

After we got back, the the nieces were swimming and we got to cooking!

Spiedies on the grill.  Yummers!  We had lots of good food.  Plenty of fruit and chips.

Food tastes better outside, don’t you think?

After lunch, we went back out in the canoe.  This time with my sister to see if 3 adults could get in the canoe!  I was queen for a day and rode in the middle and didn’t have to paddle (I am sitting on my flotation device – kind of the opposite of in an airplane :D).

We found a beaver dam:

And some lily pads with flowers on them.

We couldn’t have asked for a nicer day.

Upon return, it was time for dessert!  I have had more s’mores this year than I have in the past 5!

I had 2 s’mores and then just ate toasted marshmallows.  That is my favorite part anyway 😀

John and I then biked home another 12+ miles.  It felt really good.  Funny how it seems like nothing to bike that distance any more.  Can’t run 2 miles, but biking 12?  No problemo!

The plan was for a long ride on Sunday, but we woke up to this:

and decided to putter around the house and save the long ride for Monday.

We ended up having my folks over for dinner and I made homemade pizza with some fresh basil from my seedlings which finally got big:

One pizza was BBQ chicken:

The other was pizza sauce, fresh basil, mozzarella and feta, and I forgot to take a picture of it!  It was good, though.

Hope you all all enjoying the weekend so far, and those with an extra day off on Monday, too!

Stay tuned for long ride Monday – we are going to shoot for 80 miles.  Will we make it?

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14 thoughts on “Holiday weekend

  1. debby

    That park looks so beautiful. It reminds me a little of Lake Chabot, where we have had some family gatherings in the past. I am really looking forward to your bike report tomorrow! BTW, that coffee is fantastic. Thank you so much!
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  2. Kimberley

    What a great picnic!!! Love all the food and scenery pics. Spiedis looks very tasty. Thanks for the link…now I know exactly what they are.

    Hope tomorrow is a great day weather wise and you get your 80 miles in.

    Pizza looks superb!
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  3. Jody - Fit at 53

    What a wonderful time Lori – love the beautiful pics & fun pics! Those s’mores looked yummy!!! Hope you had a great bike ride – 80 miles, holy crap, you are my hero! 🙂
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  4. Roz

    Hi Lori, what a fantastic Saturday. Love all the photos. Sorry ’bout the rain on Sunday though. I’m sooo impressed with your basil from seedlings. My basil on our deck is REALLY struggling.
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  5. Alison

    Can’t WAIT to read about your 80 miler! Weather is sunny and warm here so hopefully good biking weather over by you guys too. I love good family gatherings. Looks like you had a fantastic time! Happy 4th!
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