It’s been four months since my last post, and I’m feeling a little overwhelmed because I have so many stories to tell you. Right now, you may be asking yourself, “Wait, isn’t this a food blog?!” I’ve been asking myself the same question for the past few days. The only answer I’ve come up with is that sometimes in life you have to get out of the kitchen and into the world. Cheesy, I know. But more like a spicy jalapeño jack than a mild cheddar.
My recent adventures beyond the kitchen began on New Years Day. I woke up in the morning and said to my roommate, “Today we are going to get into trouble”. Since she’s a good sport, she helped me drag our Christmas tree out of the apartment and tie it to the roof of my car. After a quick supply run, we drove to the beach… The one with the fire pits.
We were the only souls on the beach when we arrived at 11AM. My roommate stood aside in horror as I dismembered our 7-ft tree into a pile of firewood with a dull saw. Since I haven’t been a proper Girl Scout for over a decade, I used a fire starter log to get a fire going. Though not ideal, this ended up being a lifesaver considering our tree was still very much alive.
We stayed at the beach for hours, until every last twig had been burned. As I sat there listening to the sound of green pine needles sizzling on the fire, I decided on my New Year’s resolution: Get into more trouble. Not the kind of trouble that gets you arrested. Not the kind of trouble that leaves you feeling hung over the next day. Just the kind of trouble to get me out of my comfort zone.
I’m only four months into the year, and I have already created so many memories. Next year, I will return to the same beach on New Years Day. This time I will come prepared with plenty of marshmallows and hotdogs and close friends. We will make s’mores and tell stories around the fire. And I will check in with myself again to make sure I’m getting in the right amount of trouble.
But for now, since New Years Day is still pretty far out, I have a few stories I’d like to share with you. So please feel free to stick around…
Dockweiler State Beach Fire Pits:
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