Yesterday was a perfect opportunity to visit Chewacla State Park in Auburn.
Changing leaves just stir something inside of me.
After a bit of walking, we made it to the top! It’s breathtaking up here.
And after quite a bit of hiking and slipping down hills, we made it to the bottom. This awesome waterfall was our reward.
I wanted to get a closer look. The rock hopping began.
Can we talk about how it looks like I’m playing a harmonica?
I’m not…I don’t know what I’m doing, actually. Who knows.
Do you see it? Do you see Sarah soaring?
I tried to soar, too. Right on top of a wet, slippery rock. My knee caught the fall, don’t worry. And my shoe soaked up about a pint of freezing cold water.
Uncontrollable laughter followed. Falling is hilarious, whether it’s me or someone else.
We quickly made our way for dry land. But not before I stepped on a wobbly, insecure log on the edge of the bank.
My other shoe soaked up a pint of water.
It was fun.
Once we got back to civilization, we drove to the top of the mountain and had a picnic.
Granny’s signature turkey sandwiches, grapes, pistachios, and biscotti were on the menu. It was simple, it was rustic, and a wonderful way to end our hike.
Our sweet friend, Rebecca, invited us over to bake a pie yesterday evening.
It was successful.
The whole thing is gluten free and vegan. Super delicious! We were all fighting over the crust leftovers and scraping out the filling in the bowl. I’m talking GOOD.
It has to chill for a few hours, so we had to head back home. After church today we taste tested.It was honestly one of the best pies I’ve ever had. The filling had such a complex pumpkin flavor, and the crust, made out of oats and pecans, complimented it nicely. I would definitely recommend it, even if you’re not on a vegan or gluten free diet.
Rebecca and her husband, Scott, really love the blog Oh She Glows and all of her recipes. That’s where they found this recipe for Sweet and Salty Spiced Pecan Crust and Pumpkin Filling. There’s a few other variations on the page as well.
I had a lovely weekend with some lovely friends. And a VERY lovely new friend.
Her name is Noire. Rebecca and Scott are fostering her for a while.
I’ve never had such a connection with a dog before. She just cuddles without any resistance, gives me hugs, and stares up at me with those big brown eyes. I think she likes me because we both have dark hair. That’s a valid reason to adopt a dog, right?.
Mom…Dad…are you reading this?
I think Joey needs a friend.