A: I’m making us something to snack on for the way up. My belly feels empty and I’m not going to hike on an empty stomach.
S: What are you making? I don’t ever say no to smoothies.
A: Smoothies it is, no carrot though since we’re going to have carrot later. Just usual juices, kale, and lots of frozen fruits.
S: We’re supposed to loop around and hit a picnic area with rest rooms.
A: Alright, I’m trusting you on this.
A: Because I have to pee! It’s got to be around the corner.
S: We’ll hit it, don’t worry.
S: This water is loud.
A: For a creek it sure is huge. Okay let’s move because I still need to pee.
A: Look we’ve busted out this trail and haven’t come to any restrooms. And this circles back to the car. I’m going to have to suck it up and use the porta-potty. What kind of visitor’s center doesn’t have restrooms but makes people use a porta-potty? Hold Rocky.
Sweet, sweet relief…
A: The good news is that it didn’t smell. The bad news is there was no lock and the door stayed slightly ajar the whole time. I actually had to pee so bad I didn’t care if anyone saw anything.
S: I’m off to pee.
A: I’ll be here.
A: So listen, the trails at this park are a little odd and I don’t dig the porta-potty. Biting flies keep landing on Rocks and gnats are all over the place. Let’s just go.
S: There’s another park down the road. Do you want to hit it?
A: None of the close-ups are coming out! They are all blurry. I’m going to have to just do a close up group shot. You know I don’t like that.
A: Salad for me and leftover wrap for you. Cantaloupe, purple slaw, and vegan nuggets for everyone. And raspberry lemonade for you.
A: I have some for you alright. No need to stick out your lip and pout about it.
S: I don’t think that’s going to work.
A: Won’t know till we try. Aw crap, let’s try again.
S: Are you ready to pack it up and start walking around?
A: Hike! Hike! Hike!
R: I got this sign mom, don’t worry.
S: Let’s hit the paved trails that are around the park and not “through” the park
A: Cool, let’s go.
S: Did you even use it?
A: Yes I did, thanks. Not much but I did use it. I think someone’s getting tired. Oh and hey, thanks for having my back and telling me my shirt was inside out.
S: No problem. It didn’t look funny, so no worries there.
A: You got it lil dude. Let’s jet.
S: Whole wheat penne with sauteed broccoli rabe and zucchini. Some onion and a can of diced tomatoes with garlic help create a sauce for the penne. Sprinkled with shaved parm to bring some salty tang to the pasta and compliment the sea salt background of the scallops.
S: And everything all together. I’m sure after dinner, my punkass wife is going to want some red wine. And she may or may not want some ice cream. If only she would help out more around the kitchen the ice cream demands would be slightly more tolerable. Of course I’m kidding, she’s totally tolerable!