Another summer weekend done. This Sunday morning I actually did set my alarm, unlike the day before – but it was for a 10:00 AM wake up call. Not shabby!
After I got up, for “brunch” I ate the other half of my MBD’s Coach’s Reuben with half of a big pickle spear and a bowl of deliciously sweet cherries (found organic this week – score!).
After lunch I slathered myself in SPF 50. Yes, I use a baby sunscreen. Partly because it scores relatively well in terms of safety in the EWG Database. Mostly because it is tear-free! The other kinds are highly irritating to my eyes and elicit a burning sensation in them. Gotta get the Water Babies.
The SPF 50 was required because Five Cent Femme and I went on a 2.5 hour, 5.7 mile kayak ride down the Huron River today. We did the Barton Dam to Gallup Park trip offered by the Gallup Livery. We parked at Gallup Park, were driven in a van over to Barton Dam, and kayaked back to Gallup Park.
New to Ann Arbor this year are the Argo Cascades! The first one-third of our trip, or so, was very calm and soothing, requiring us to paddle ourselves forward the whole time, due to the lack of river current. Once we made it to the Argo Cascades, we each maneuvered our one-person kayaks through a series of nine drops. So exciting! I’d be lying if I said we rode smoothly through here – we definitely spun around a bit and bumped into some rocks – but it was manageable even for us amateurs. The only sliiightly irritating part were all of the people tubing through the cascades with no regard for those of us in fast-flying kayaks. Move out DA WAY! Or I will TAKE YOU OUT.
After making it through the cascades, the rest of the journey was very pleasant and calm, with a mild current assisting our tired muscles on the way back to Gallup.
The entire time we were kayaking I was just in disbelief that we were in Ann Arbor. It is so awesome that the city I live in offers such wonderful scenic views and outdoor adventures. It was like visiting another world. So calm and soothing out on the river! I look forward to kayaking again soon.
My shoulders and arm muscles were most certainly burning after 2.5 hours of kayaking though!
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Once I got home I was more than ready for dinner. Tonight I made a salad I have been wanting to both try and make for a long time now, using a recipe found here.
Watermelon Feta Salad
Using this recipe, I combined watermelon, thinly sliced red onion, feta, mint, lime juice, and olive oil together to create this salad. My recommendation would be to not mix the watermelon and feta together, as the feta makes somewhat of a creamy film on the watermelon that is both unattractive and unappealing. Next time, I would instead sprinkle the feta atop the salad, use more mint, and use much less lime juice. Other than that, this refreshing salad offered a lovely summery mix of flavors – love the salty and sweet combination.
Cheddar Jalapeno Biercamp brats and grilled corn with Old Bay were served on the side. I went back for a second ear of corn and more watermelon feta salad. The brats were AWESOME, as always. I had been looking forward to them all day!
I think all the kayaking today really took it out of me, because this evening I was ravenous for not just one, but TWO snacks.
McClure’s Spicy Dill Pickle Chips, below, that we picked up at Biercamp yesterday. So dilly and good! (Also a couple hot Cheetos for fun.) Split these with the huz while we watched Next Food Network Star.
Later I was STILL hungry, so I made a bowl of fruit: watermelon, cherries, blueberries, and raspberries, while watching the women’s Olympic trials and catching up on blogs.
Hope you have a good week!