We had a fabulous time with Dave over spring break, but he had to head back for work on school on Monday morning. However, Pete had been so diligent in getting his Linguistics work done that he did not have to go back to class until Wednesday…so we decided a day in Columbia, home of the University of Missouri, was in order for us! We had actually been planning this for awhile and had saved up some money to hit up a couple of places in Columbia we had spied out online! 🙂
Tuesday was cold, I went for a 7 mile run in the morning and had to wear a fleece and gloves! I think the actual high for the day was 39 degrees!! That’s really cold for down here. After coming back from the run and making some monster smoothies for Pete and I we hit the road.
Our first stop was Rock Bridge State Park. It is a gorgeous park bordering the southern part of Columbia, and there are tons of trails and caves, picnic places, and spots for great pictures. The weather was not beautiful at all and the trail we hiked was a bit muddy, but it was fun, we love hiking and being outdoors. Can’t wait for a sunny day when it will be more enjoyable.
After the park we headed to Coffee Zone to warm up. I sipped on a Southern Pecan latte, while Pete enjoyed his Amaretto and mint. He also was dying to get a treat, the bite size, homemade rugalaghs looked fabulous, so he snacked on apricot, cappucino, and chocolate cherry flavors. I had a bite of apricot and they were worth every calorie! 🙂 At Coffee Zone we both got a chance to do a little catching up with each other, and a little reading…love down time for reading. In fact I’m reading a great book right now, Against the Wind, by K. P. Yohannan. It is very challenging, but I’m planning about doing a post of some of the things the Lord has been teaching me through it, so I won’t ruin that here.
After we warmed up we did a 1.3 mile walk to a small natural foods store, Clover Market. I had seen this place on a few trips up to Columbia for gymnastics meets, but never had the time to check it out. They had some good deals on bulk almonds and grains so we purchased a few things, and headed on our 1.5 mile walk back to our parking spot. By now we were both starving!! So we put our goodies in the car, and walked another couple blocks to a little cafe called Ingredient.
Ingredient is a fabulous little place with fantastic salads, sandwiches, and soups. They even have a build your own salad option, which was what I did and it was amazing! Pete had a salmon salad off the menu which was also really, really good! We were full went we left and getting tired, it was almost 9:00 so we opted to drive home since Pete had class the next morning.
It was a great day, just relaxing together time, time to reflect on our summer plans and make sure we are both on the same page…sometimes you just need those days.
The Lord has been teaching me alot in my time with Him recently and I’m excited about blogging about some of that this weekend so check back! Oh, and happy Saturday to everyone!