Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Flight of the Dove

We had a crazy busy Saturday at the lake. Don't worry, I'm going to keep it short. It all started early that morning with a 14-mile bike ride. The ride was called Flight of the Dove, benefiting Hospice of Lauren's County. And, in light of the name....they released doves to fly over us just before the ride began.

  Cliff, Lidia, Sawyer and I joined hundreds of people in Clinton to ride for this cause. 
Some rode 100 miles, some rode 60, some rode 30 and then there was us.

We rode the family fun ride of 14 miles. 
We rode on some pretty country roads with a few gently rolling hills.

 There were barns and cows. 

The cows were curious enough, until I jumped the ditch...haha!

When we stopped to take pictures of the cows, I had to jump a ditch to get close enough. 
I scared the bejeebies out of the cows and they took off running. HaHa! I almost started a stampede. But they only ran a few feet and then settled down enough to turn and look at me, trying to figure out who or what the heck I was.

L&S were starting to get tired. It was a good time for a snack. 

Lidia and Sawyer rode like champs. We made sure we had plenty of Gatorade and snacks for them. Sawyer, in particular, runs out of gas pretty quickly. So we stopped several times for them to get a drink and then about half way for a piece of a PB&J that I had packed for them. We didn't know it, but just down the road at the half-way point the ride organizers had snacks for us. So we stopped again.

Flags with yellow ribbons lined the avenue on our return route.

We left the rest stop and continued down back-country roads until we had made a huge circle around the outskirts of Clinton. We arrived back to the Presbyterian College Stadium, where the race began.

 I saw these Lantana on the grounds of the stadium in full bloom and looking glorious.
 Betsy Brock, these are for you.

The organizers of the ride had a delicious meal prepared for us at the end of the ride. But before we could sit down to eat, L&S had to have a massage.

Lidia wanted a foot massage. 

 But, Sawyer wanted a back massage. 

 The masseuse was as excited to give Sawyer a massage as he was to get it.

After all was said and done, we were so proud of Lidia and Sawyer for being able to make the whole 14 miles. They were awesome!

Sawyer was pretty tired after it was over.

In addition to the bike ride, I had planned a surprise birthday cookout for Cliff. I had the help of his mama and Emily or I wouldn't have been able to pull it off. They stayed back at the house and prepared the food and cake, while we rode bikes. They hid the food and cake pretty well, before we got back home. We had a couple of hours before guests were to arrive. Ms. Wanda, Emily and I spent that time tracking Cliff's sister on the Find My Friends app, while he took a short nap on the couch. His sister and her husband were the first to arrive shortly after he woke up and he was surprised to see them, but what he didn't know was that there were more guests to come. He asked at one point what were we planning and I just told him that we were going to grill chickens. Emily started grilling while Ms. Wanda and I started bringing out all the food. And as the other guests arrived, he was pleasantly surprised to see them, too. I was glad we were able to pull it off without him finding out. He said, "I was wondering why you had two pitchers of tea in the refrigerator". HaHa!

So, we had a great time with Lidia and Sawyer, riding for a good cause and then celebrating Cliff's 60th birthday and our 35th wedding anniversary. Yep, we got married on his birthday. He planned that just right!

Sunday was laid back....everyone kind of did their own thing. Cliff took L&S across the lake for their ritual lake picnic, while I dozed on the dock. After their picnic, we kayaked to Grape City (a patch of grapevines on the bank of the lake) to pick grapes. And just like that the weekend was over.

But before I close, you know I always have something here you go. 



  1. What a great time! I'm thinking that 14mi is just a spit in the wind for you! But being able to share the experience with your darling grandkiddos is a bonus! Looked like a lovely day too. Happy birthday to Cliff and Happy anniversary to you both! We got married a week after Jack's 21'st bday....he didn't want to be married on his birthday! We celebrate 41yrs on Sunday. Time sure does fly by!

    1. Well, Happy Anniversary to you both! Thanks for the birthday wishes for Cliff and our Anniversary. Yeah, that 14 miles was a breeze. The hills didn't even bother me. It was so pretty and a lot of fun, especially with the grand-kiddos.

  2. Belated birthday wishes to Cliff and Happy Anniversary to you both! Our wedding anniversary is on August 31st which was my mother's birthday. She always teased that she got completely forgotten on that day the year we got married.

    Fourteen miles is a loooong bike ride for anyone let alone the kids. I think they did very well!

    1. Thank you for the birthday and anniversary wishes.....and I would, also, like to wish you a happy anniversary. Celebrate big! Yeah, I thought the kids did an awesome job. They didn't even complain....except that one time Sawyer's leg was itching and he wanted to stop to scratch it. HaHa!

  3. Well, I must say, L&S sure are troopers to go 14 miles. I'm thoroughly impressed. Don't think I could do it. I rode my bike everywhere as a teenager and that might actually be the last time I was on one. We saw soooooo many families on bikes in Colorado this summer. Glad you were able to pull off the surprise party. Speaking of tea -- my son asked me if I could please start making some and keep it in the fridge. My mom always did when I was growing up but I've never have. Guess it's time to surprise him. :)

    1. L&S did a great job. Colorado is touted as one of the most active states, isn't it? I know my daughter and her husband uses the bike path around town not only to ride, but to run, also. Yes! You have to surprise your son with the sweet tea. It's a southern staple Ms. Texas and Louisiana.

  4. Always love reading your blog, Laurie! Especially ones involving bike rides and, of course, cows (LOL). Hope to see you on the water someday soon! say hello to Cliff for me!

    1. Thanks, Frank! Yes, hopefully we will be in the area a little more soon and can get out on the water with you guys. Cliff is doing 'Take The Lake' on Lake Waccamaw this weekend. It's a triathlon with a 14-mile kayak trip in the middle. Should be fun!

  5. So much to celebrate!
    Great way to spend time with your grandkids! Awesome ride!
    The cows made me giggle!
    Hope you had a great party....birthday & anniversary....WOW!
    We will celebrate 43 years next month!
    Enjoy your evening Laurie...

    1. Thanks, Linda! The cows made me giggle, too. There I was making sure I didn't encounter a snake and when I jumped the ditch, scared the cows instead. Ha! I didn't know cows could move so fast. Lol!

  6. What a great weekend!! It's cool that you are so much into cycling now. Your grandkids are great!