Sean isn't really an ''outdoorsy'' person, but when it gets warm and sunny out I can't help but spend as much time as possible at the River... which we're lucky enough to live only about 5 minutes away from. I couldn't stand the thought of staying in my pajamas when it was so nice out, and even though all of my other friends had plans, I decided to pack up the pups and head out on my own.
I don't usually go places by myself. Once I attempted to eat at Panera alone and I finished my soup and sandwich in under 10 minutes and then got the hell out of there... eating alone is awkward. I figured, why not give it another shot... after all, bringing Pete and Samson meant I wouldn't really be alone anyway.
Best. Decision. Ever!
I packed up the car with water and dog treats, and started driving towards my favorite river spot on 42nd street....... only to find that it was blocked off for the weekend due to high/dangerous water. Disappointed, I decided to head towards Belle Isle, a small island in the city with pretty good rocks to lay out on.... the only issue I have with this location is parking sucks and it's always incredibly crowded. Sunday was no different.
We found a parking spot (wayyyyy too far away - not doing that again!) and after walking several blocks finally got to the river and spread out our blanket. There were a ton of people, but it was nice listening to this guy play his guitar (he sang all Beatles songs, who could complain?) and I'm always up for good people watching. Everyone on the river is super friendly, and some one gave my pups the ice out of their cooler on their way out (they needed it!) and another gave them each a bite of their sandwich. Needless to say, we were in heaven!
The water was pretty rough and nobody was allowed to get in over ankle deep, so we got hot pretty fast and once we ran out of water, headed home. I'm proud to say that we stayed for 3.5 hours before we were ready to leave, and I think I'll go back next weekend - the benefit of going by yourself is that you can come and go as you please. Usually, my friends are ready to leave by the time I'm just getting comfortable.
The walk back to the car was pure torture. Our car was parked at the top of this really huge hill, and halfway through Pete and Samson pulled me into the grass for a little break. We finally got home, and they spent the rest of the afternoon/night passed out!
I took a nap, too (it was glorious!)... and then Sean and I went out to this little place. We'd never been, and let me tell you - we will be back soon! Sean got meatloaf which was out-of-this-world and I had a veggie sandwich on sourdough break. Ohmygosh. We came home and watched 4 episodes of Freaks & Geeks... remember that show? We're obsessed all over again :)
I hope you had an amazing weekend - I'm getting my hair done tomorrow and I couldn't be more ready to be brunette again! Isn't it funny how simply changing your hair gives you such a confidence boost? I love it!