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Put the Kettle on....

A Day Worth Blogging About 
Jul. 9, 2014 4:04 am 
Updated: Jul. 13, 2014 7:26 am

Last summer Kristal and I discovered a super cool app for our phones: AllTrails. It's an app that will give you lists and lists of hiking trails near you. The list comes up, you choose a trail and you get a short description, photos, reviews, and directions.  We found that sometimes the directions lead you to "nowhere", but we always manage to find a trail of some sort to hike on so all is good!  We combine that app with another really cool app called "America's Wine Trails".  You guessed it - that app gives you lists and lists of wineries!  We couldn't wait for summer and our time together using these special apps.  These hikes with our pooches have become a very important part of our summers.

On Monday we chose a hike that is also on the list for our county's "hike a trail" program.  We want to complete that list and earn the badge.  That trail was 4-1/2 miles but a very easy, flat trail.  The day was over-cast but we figured we'd get a good walk in before it would rain.  We barely made it to the car ahead of the storm, but by the time we got to the winery things had cleared up pretty well. 

Tuesday morning was another over-cast day, but once again we were willing to try and beat the odds.  Since the day before's hike had been easy, but the last mile completed at almost a run to beat the storm, we decided on a short hike.  We found one in the Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area that would fit the bill.  The name of the trail was Blue Hen Falls; and the description said there was a waterfall.  With all the rain we've had lately we figured there would truly be water falling somewhere on this trail!  Kristal drove and I navigated while Suzy and Maggie happily sat on the backseat.  They know what's going on and get excited as soon as we grab our packs and hiking shoes.  We were less than 3 miles from the trail when the wind picked up and it began to rain.  Not just drizzle rain; POUR down rain in bucketfulls!  We passed by the park's visitor center and a quaint store called Trail Mix.  We made a note of that and continued to the trail.  We figured we wouldn't be hiking it but we wanted to find it for next time.  Sure enough, we arrived at the trail head and it was still raining, though not as hard.  The dogs were so excited we didn't want to disappoint them so we got them out of the car and walked them around the sign at the trail head.  We've heard that dog's have no sense of time - maybe they'd think they'd done the entire trail!  LOL   I could tell they were both pretty puzzled why we dragged them out of the car into the rain and then back into the car so quickly.

So the trip wouldn't be a total waste we headed down to the visitor center and quaint store.  We each picked up a cute pin for our packs that say "I support America's National Parks".  After spending some time in the visitor center and talking with a park ranger the rain let up.  Right outside the door was a nice, paved path - the towpath trail.  So, we laced up our shoes and headed out for a walk.  It was a nice path to stroll on and since it was paved, the dogs did not get muddy paws.  Trail Mix was a cute little store that had all sorts of neat things from t-shirts to food; a good "mix" of hiker's necessities.

We had not packed a lunch this trip; so I suggested we head down to a great homemade ice cream place that is nearby.  Ice cream makes a great lunch!  Rather than backtrack, I suggested we try a road that I thought would take us in the right direction.  As Kristal drove down the road it started to cloud up again and rain.  We rounded a bend in the road and we both spied "IT" at the same time and had the same thought!  Before I tell you what "IT" was, I'll give you some background.  Kristal has a room in her new house she is calling the "wine room".  She has a fireplace in it and a couch and chair.  She has plans to decorate it in "wine d├ęcor" and store her wine, glasses, etc. in this room.  I had recently sent her a "pin" from Pinterest of an old piece of furniture which had been turned into a wine cabinet.  "IT" was the perfect piece of furniture for just such a project!!  She quickly pulled into a driveway and turned around.  It was sitting at the end of a driveway and was practically screaming at her to take a look!

As we looked it over and decided it would be perfect after a good cleaning and polishing up, we then began to wonder how much the owner's were asking when Kristal discovered the little sticker; "FREE"!  Couldn't beat the price!  This was an antique cabinet that someone had once used as a TV cupboard.  Jon is a carpenter and can work miracles with wood.  Kristal was already ticking off the improvements 'daddy' would have to do to make this perfect; it needed a new back put on it, the wine glass holder built, wine racks put in, the doors and hinges needed some work, but it would be beautiful when finished.  Next issue was - would it fit in her Escape along with us and 2 dogs??  We got the dogs out and tied their leashes so we could assess the situation.  We figured if we could fit the cabinet in, we'd squeeze dogs around it for the ride home.  After we had our ice cream, of course! 

The cabinet slid into the back of her Escape with only inches to spare!  There was a space between the legs of it where Suzy could fit just fine.  Maggie is a cocker spaniel and she could sit up front with me.  As we drove off we started to laugh.  I could just imagine some older woman peeking out her window, through her curtains watching the two crazy women pulling things out of their car to make room for her unwanted piece of furniture; then stuffing everything back in around it. We had to be quite a spectacle! 

We each had a scoop of chocolate peanut butter and a scoop of banana ice cream and then headed home.  Suzy seemed to sort of enjoy her seat in the far back of the car.  She could watch out the back window and see where we'd been.  It was a good thing that Annie was not with us - there would not have been room for her anywhere in that car!

This fun day ended with us, along with Jon and Jake, at the restaurant enjoying music played by the DJ and seeing a few nice, classic cars.  The rain cleared up enough for some brave people to bring their cars to the cruise-in.   I love summer time!!

Jul. 9, 2014 6:11 am
I love hiking! We we go to Lake Eufaula state park a few times every year. It has some Geo-caching, which is so fun, and swimming beaches, and a bunch of other fun things! And, of course, hiking trails! I hope Kristal gets that room finished! It sounds heavenly! :) Have a great day!! :)
Jul. 9, 2014 7:15 am
Not only did you get some good exercise and an opportunity to be outside enjoying nature, you made some great memories too. Your old tv cabinet find is awesome. I love to repurpose stuff.
Jul. 9, 2014 8:26 am
Hi Mother Ann! What a wonderful way to spend time with your daughter and dogs. I hope you will post photos of your daughter's new free wine cabinet.
Jul. 9, 2014 12:55 pm
I repurpose all the time. As far as hiking, I do that all over this property so I don't go out of my way to look for more walking experiences. I got that cool app that shows how many footsteps I take. W do have some really good wineries in this area. Oddly enough the one I would like to go to is not far from where I grew up. I would just like to see the property since I have driven past it so many years. Again sounds Iike you had a really great day!
Jul. 9, 2014 2:05 pm
bakergirl - I've never gone geo-caching, but I've heard of it and know people who do. Sounds like fun!
Jul. 9, 2014 2:06 pm
Candice, we were both pretty excited to find that cabinet. It is exactly what she was looking for!
Jul. 9, 2014 2:07 pm
Lela - when she gets it all together, I'll definitely take pictures. She's going to have to wait for her dad to have time to do the wine racks and glass holders, so it will be a while. I know it'll turn out great. I'll get some before/after shots.
Jul. 9, 2014 2:09 pm
Cat - Every year we go to Shenandoah National Park in Virginia for camping, hiking and winery-hopping. We take these hikes for "practice". :) It was a great day! Thanks for stopping by!
Jul. 9, 2014 5:53 pm
A nice afternoon and excellent "alley picking" as we called it here growing up. I have made some terrific finds at the end of driveways - ever so much a bonus to your fun filled day.
Jul. 9, 2014 11:26 pm
I loved reading about your day-what a wonderful treasure you found-and my next door neighbor has a "wine room" too-must be the up and coming new thing!
Jul. 10, 2014 4:51 am
Maggi - It's called garbage picking here and neither one of us had ever done it. You can bet I'll be keeping my eyes open to what's at the end of driveways!
Jul. 10, 2014 4:51 am
Paula T - Now I want to have a wine room! LOL
Jul. 10, 2014 5:56 am
What fun memories you two made! Thanks for sharing them with your AR friends.
Jul. 10, 2014 6:26 am
Hi Indiana Peggy! I cherish my time with my children - they are the best! :) I love sharing my adventures and also reading about other's.
Jul. 13, 2014 4:52 am
Oh, what fun, Mother Ann! You must share a photo of the finished project!
Jul. 13, 2014 7:26 am
Bibi - I will share, I think it may be a while as vacations and other, more important home projects need to be completed first. :)
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I've been married for 33 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have two black labs that get to go duck hunting with dad and two cats. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake - anything chocolate is fine with me. Seafood, chicken dishes and slow-cooker fare.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My husband and I enjoy cooking together with wine. We pop open a bottle of wine and get cooking. :-)
My cooking triumphs
Whenever I can put together a meal that gets many compliments and leaves the diners satisfied is a triumph in my book! I love to cook meals for family and friends.
My cooking tragedies
When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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