It’s always fun when your birthday falls on a weekend, because you can celebrate the entire weekend. Add to that my dad and his girlfriend, R, coming down to visit, and it was especially fun! The weekend centered around three main things: food, hiking, and card games. Things started off Friday morning when I met up with Kim for a run. She surprised me with a strawberry pound cake, and it was delicious! I ended up with two cakes for my birthday weekend – the one from Kim and a strawberry angel food cake from the grocery store.
My dad and his girlfriend got down here on Friday evening and we had homemade shrimp tacos for dinner – one of my favorites. On Saturday we went hiking to the Cascades (a 77 foot waterfall). Unfortunately, Barry had to work this weekend, so he couldn’t join in on the festivities during the day. We had a great day for hiking, though, and the Cascades were as gorgeous as ever (Richard, I posted a video on Instagram!).
After our hike we spent some time running around doing a few things before meeting up with Barry at the house. We played a few rounds of Dutch Blitz and a fun dice/card game called Deer in Headlights. Then we headed out for a birthday dinner at MK’s Pizzeria (I had a create-your-own Greek pizza!), followed by some birthday cake back at home.
Sunday morning was low key. My dad made French toast out of some local brown sugar cinnamon sourdough bread. Then, on a whim, I decided we should go check out a place nearby I had heard of called Dismal Falls. Like the Cascades, it is also part of the Jefferson National Forest. It was a very short hike down to Dismal Creek from the parking area, where we got to enjoy some nice views of the 33 foot falls. It would be a great place to go for a swim and I’ll have to take Barry there sometime!
After that it was time to say goodbye to my Dad and R, as they headed home in the early afternoon. I spent some time doing a few things around the house and then snuck in a short run before Barry got home from work. Hank and Scout completely crashed after our guests left. They are so funny. They just get so tired anytime we have visitors and anytime we go somewhere.
As Hank and Scout were recovering, Barry got home from work. We had a hodgepodge dinner of leftovers and some birthday cake, and then capped off the evening with a game of Gin Rummy. Not a bad birthday weekend, if I do say so myself!
Have you ever played Dutch Blitz or Deer in the Headlights?
What is your favorite birthday treat?
P.S. Speaking of hiking – Scott Jurek captured the Appalachian Trail speed record yesterday. He covered the nearly 2,200 miles in just 46 days!