Picnics along the way

Trip Start Jul 05, 2011
Trip End Jul 17, 2011

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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Picnics Along the Way

On the first evening on the trip, after we finished dinner at Applebees in Waynesboro, Virginia, Tyla and Lisa had a great idea.  We'd had lunch in a restaurant on the Blue Ridge Parkway that day, which was fine but they decided it would be fun instead to have a picnic for lunch the next day.  Was that to save time or to save money?  Who knows, but there was a Wal-Mart close to our hotel so Tyla, Lisa, Jayne and I went shopping at 10:00 at night.  Jayne immediately saw chips, the $2 variety.  Lisa and Tyla vetoed going cheap and moved on to as gourmet choices as one can get at Wal-Mart.  We enjoyed that picnic so much that we continued them almost throughout the trip.  Each site was unique, from the Blue Ridge Parkway to Arizona.  We did manage to eat a few lunches in restaurants – McDonalds/Wendy’s at the Grand Canyon (proudly, our only fast food lunch along the way), Mr. D’s in Kingman, Arizona, and at Donna and Steve’s in Loma Linda California.   

The picnics remain a fond memory for all of us.  Jayne recalls a sight in a park restroom, not exactly a luxury place in her words, where Penny and Tyla were washing strawberries and tomatoes in the bathroom sink in preparation for our picnic lunch.  Good thing, according to our agricultural specialist Ron, when they brought the produce to the table, given the chemicals that would have been sprayed on them.  We were treated with home grown tomatoes from Terry Miller who gave them to us in Texas.  Those wonderful tomatoes lasted for a few lunches.

My favorite was the lunch on at the rest stop on the Arizona side of the New Mexico Arizona border.   With a view of red craggy mountains, we feasted cheese, humus, French bread (well, in a fashion), meats, fresh strawberries, fresh honey from Cherokee, peanuts, and, what became our favorite dessert, Oreo cookies.  We have great pictures of everyone eating those Oreos.  Interspersed with eating ice cream sandwiches at breaks. 
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Tyla Tingle on

Oh Miss Jayneeeeee!!!! My favorite picnic was in the Park, after washing those strawberries and tomatoes. We barely finished lunch when the sky cracked open and deluged us with sheets of rain. And..it is when I found what all the fuss was about with Oreos...

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