Where We Ended Up: Turkey Run State Park

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It was someone’s birthday…

So we packed a picnic and headed to the park.  We were both inexperienced in charcoal-fire building, but after about 10 gallons of lighter fluid, several bent and snapped matches, and initially suffocating the charcoal briquettes in soot, we succeeded in grilling hamburgers!

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As soon as the hamburgers finished, it started raining.  It’s not easy to run while balancing your precious food on an increasingly flimsy paper plate as the rain continues to disintegrate it.  Oh, and you also need to bring the giant bag of leftover charcoal, the cooler, and the rest of the food and grilling supplies back to the car.  As soon as we got everything back into my little, tiny, cramped car….it stopped raining.

colours!
Colourful remains of the meal: Green = avocado, Purple/blue = blueberry, Yellow/orange = sesame seeds and grilled yellow pepper, Red = strawberry.

We ate in the car anyway.

Afterwards, we ignored the threat of more rain, and we walked.  And walked.  And slid.  And jumped.  And walked.

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A colourful friend.
A colourful friend.

And took a few pictures!

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Then the sun came out, and we walked some more.  I’m not sure how far we walked, but we were climbing stairs and hopping from rock to muddy rock down creek beds for 2.5-3 hours.  After that, we were worn out, and headed back home.

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After a quick dinner of homemade spaghetti and garlic bread (nothing fancy!) we went to a local coffeehouse to try the gelato.  For probably almost a year now, my boyfriend has been wanting to go and try gelato, which neither of us had ever had before, but I always refused for one reason or another.  Since it was his birthday and the weather was lovely, it seemed like the ideal opportunity to finally try it.  I had some cappuccino with chocolate-covered espresso bean gelato, and even though I am not a coffee-drinker, I absolutely loved it!

Sadly, no pictures of the gelato.

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16 thoughts on “Where We Ended Up: Turkey Run State Park

  1. What a fun day and your meal was Perfect 🙂 That’s how memories are made… Glad you liked gelato–so many fun flavors to be tried!

    1. I was pretty proud of the spread at lunch, but it would have been more enjoyable if we hadn’t had to eat it in a cramped car. But it makes a good story! And I may be a gelato convert! I do still love frozen yogurt, but that cappuccino gelato was amaaaazing.

  2. What a pretty park, makes me want to get out and go somewhere. Unfortunately our forecast is nothing but downpours for the next 7 days. If only we didn’t have children for a day we would go explore in the rain.

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