Sunday was our 1st family day in awhile and we decided we needed a little adventure. I remembered this cool park my parents and I found soon after moving to Sewanee on one of our driving explorations, and realized ^J^ wasn't with us back then, so we decided to try and find it yesterday and take a picnic. The park, it turns out, is Grundy Lakes State Park and it's very pretty. Of course I have no pictures to show you, but I promise, it's nice. (The broken camera is in the mail as we speak). As you enter the park, there are these cool cave-looking holes along the hill on the side of the road. They look like tiny hobbit-holes and as it turns out they were ovens where convicts would convert locally mined coal into coke (a smoke-free fuel) up until the late 1800s. They are all overgrown with weeds and such now and they are very mysterious, so of course I had to come home and find out more about them.
Anyway, we drove the circle of the park and found a beach/playground with picnic tables in the shade. After our gourmet lunch of goat cheese(local), tomatoes(local), and basil(local) sandwiches, we braved the lake. It was really pretty everywhere *except* for the designated "beach" area, so we kinda moved around and didn't get in too deep. Then *A* found a friend and she wanted to really swim, so we all ended up swimming in the not-so-clean area of the beach. It was fun though and refreshing and a perfect way to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon.
Here's my "gourmet" (and mostly local) Goat Cheese Sandwich recipe:
1 pkg/roll/etc. plain goat cheese
20 or so leaves of basil, chopped
salt and pepper to taste (at least a tsp of each)
*Mix all of the above and form into a ball. Store in the fridge until ready to use.
Spread goat cheese mix on bread of choice and top with slices of fresh-of-the-vine tomatoes and thinly sliced Vidalia onions (or other sweet onion if you're not from the south). YUM!