So how did you spend Independence Day? I started out listening to a reading of the Declaration of Independence on NPR:
- We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness
We spent our day in the pursuit of happiness and observing others doing the same. We took our bicycles up to Headlands Beach State Park for a ride. It was oh so pleasant, about 70 degrees, light breeze. There were a lot of people there but Headlands is so big it is rarely crowded. One mile of natural sand beach, acres of parking and picnic facilities.
We are so lucky in Ohio that we have these free gems, our state parks. On holidays especially, Headlands is a melting pot, people of all races and creeds, partying with friends and family. BIG families, with lots of food. I have even seen men hauling in their big smokers, and they come to spend the day, several groups even had tents set up for the day (no overnight camping allowed). And the smells are tremendous, along with the fresh lake air and flowers, the smell of barbecue is wonderful. I want one of them to adopt me so I can come to their party!
We rode around for about an hour. We found that if you ride up and down every parking area it equals 8 miles, then add a turn up and down the walk behind the beach and you have a good 10 mile flat ride.
Bird Count – there were lots of swallows and robins in the parking lots, but the most fun sighting was a mama Killdeer and 3 babies! As I was riding I saw a killdeer sitting on one of the parking barriers and I thought it was strange, you usually don’t see them sitting anywhere but on the ground, as I got closer she started to call and then we saw the babies skitter up from the ground – she was nervous, they were big enough to walk but not to fly, and they were so cute! We watched a few seconds and then left them in peace.
In the evening, Dana cooked ribs on the grill, after marinating them a few hours in a homemade honey mustard barbecue marinade. He may give out his recipe on his blog, it is not mine to share. I added fresh corn off the cob, roasted red potatoes with pepper and garlic, and jalapeno/cheese corn muffins we bought at the Chardon Farmers Market – it was all delish!
We ended our day with a viewing of A Capital Fourth on PBS. Fireworks will wait until tomorrow night, and that of course will be another story!
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