After our action packed day on the 4th, there wasn't much of a plan for the rest of the weekend. But it ended up being the perfect blend of relaxation and fun activities.
Friday morning after making breakfast, we decided to head up to Kirkwood to play a round of disc golf. I had never been to Kirkwood before, during the winter or summer months so I was excited to see it. I was impressed with all of the summer activities the resort has to offer. There is hiking, down-hill mountain bike trails, zip lining, and the disc golf course as well. It seems like the resort really stays alive during the summer months, I'm ready to go back for some hiking and zip lining!
Since we didn't have too many discs to throw, a few of us decided just to hike along with them. I am terrible when it comes to throwing a frisbee, so I was happy to just hike the course and watch them play. Plus, I was in charge of Louis, who needs to stay on the leash or he'll make a mad dash back to the car.
The boys had a great time playing disc golf, it was a surprisingly difficult course. And with all the hills, we got a decent work out in too! I found out later, Chantal was up in Kirkwood hiking on Friday as well! Too bad we didn't run into each other!
We had a birthday dinner planed that evening, so we had to hurry back to the house to get ready. We went to a small French restaurant called Mirabelle French Cuisine. They had arranged an Epicurean menu for our larger group, and it was so delicious. I started with French onion soup, and for dinner I ordered the duck which came with a barley and mushroom side. The barley was so amazing, I could have eaten five bowls! For dessert I had the poached pear that was served on a meringue cookie with ice cream and raspberry sauce. It was arguably the best dessert I have ever had. Seriously, if you need a place for dinner in South Lake that is off the beaten bath, I highly recommend this place.
After dinner, we all headed back to the house to continue the celebration. We ended up having an impromptu ladder ball and corn hole toss tournament. Of course, this ended up being the most fun part of the day, and I have zero pictures to show for it. It was very official, one friend created a bracket, and we drew names to ensure fair teams. My friend Bobby and I were paired up, and dubbed ourselves "Team O'Bobby!" When Andrew and Corrie were paired up, we were worried they'd surely win. But Team O'Bobby wasn't going to let that happen! We ended up coming back from 0-10 in ladder ball to win. And only lost one game throughout the tournament. When it came down to the final two teams, we realized we had both lost only one game. It was determined a game of flip cup would be the official tie breaker. Best two out of three. Team O'Bobby lost the first round, but came back to win the next two! CHAMPIONS!
I felt like I was back in college, but it was such a fun night. After the tournament, there were more games, karaoke and a lot of laughs. We were having so much fun, a Bachelor Party that was staying in a house next door even came to join the party!
Clearly, after our late night on Friday, we all slept in on Saturday. After we made breakfast, we decided to walk down to the beach to get some sun and relax. It was so nice to be able to walk to the beach in the neighborhood, and not have drive and fight the crowds. It was a perfect setting to relax, and recover from the night before.
When we finally had enough sun, we decided to head into town for some lunch. We were all craving Mexican food so we found a place on Yelp and it was delish! After our late lunch, we headed back to the house to relax. It ended up being a really mellow night, watching movies and visiting. It was the perfect way to end our vacation.
We were up early Sunday to beat traffic driving back to the city. Thankfully our plan worked, and we made it back in no time. It was so nice to be able to get our Sunday chores like grocery shopping and laundry done, while still having time to relax.
All in all, it was an amazing weekend. Definitely one of the best 4th of July weekends I can remember. It was so great to spend our long weekend in such a beautiful place with my favorite people!