Source: Genki Kitty Photo Taken on Lake Erie on a very slanted stone.
As a child the two best parts of Easter were getting to play with the entire entourage of cousins and of course the sweets. Yes, I was brought up Christian, but we never in my memory went to church, even though this is the most important historical holiday to believers. Hence, my fondest memories dealt with nothing but commercial holiday factors. Now that the lordship (aka the hubby) and I are getting older, we tend to flock towards celebrating Resurrection Day instead of the commercialized Easter.
Three years ago we decided to celebrate Resurrection Day instead of the commercial side of the holiday otherwise known as Easter. I’m sure when we have kids we’ll add a few more commercial items such as the German Easter Rabbit and such but for now this is how we prefer it to go. Early in the morning we dress in our fanciest aprons and set for the kitchen together – armed and usually dangerous with our bread making tools. This year we chose to go Italian and bake a type of traditional braided bread that has a slight sweet but hearty flavor. It contains dried fruit and chopped almonds so its really a crowd pleaser and satisfies the body until lunch.
Mid-morning after church or other Episcopalian sermon lectures read, it’s time to head off to a park for hiking and a bible-laced picnic bento. Veganism really opened our eyes as to how one can reconstruct a holiday and make a meal free form death, healthier, and even more biblically satisfying. Hence we flock to the outskirts of our current residing city and find a small stretch of nature to reflect on the amazing gift our Lord Jesus Christ gave to us on this day more than 2000 years ago. This can be done anywhere, even when I lived in Japan I took to a park filled with blooming cherry blossoms and had a nice lunch. It’s refreshing to our lungs, minds and bodies.
Lunchtime is also very special to us, which of course we again return to Jesus’ time on earth and recreate meals that would have graced tables when He lived on earth. When I first came up with the idea years back, I wasn’t sure if it would be possible. Thankfully we found the world’s #1 selling book supplied a magnitude of vegan options. Hence, we dined on dates, almonds, fresh figs (when available), lentils, dried fruit, bread and son on. Here’s a photo of our 2012 picnic spread:
After lunch we again proceed on our hiking trip into the Great Outdoors. This year we traveled to a few new spots, thanks to his lordship. The morning was filled with wondering around an old Ohio Quarry that was opened in 1963 (I think that’s right) as a natural historical park. Although the buildings have all long been gone there are a few remaining remnants from them. Additionally left over are a few mill wheels which were used back in the day to grind Quaker Oats. Yep, the stuff you probably eat just about every morning, or at least should a few times a week.
Next as we were traveling by car to the Hampton Hill Metro Park in Summit County Ohio we drove past a small white sign with green lettering stating “Big Blue Heron”. There were about 10-15 cars parked alongside the road peering in and taking photos of a fenced in area of barren trees. Thankfully my tourist instincts kicked into gear and had my husband stop also. Apparently it’s a large protected area for blue herons to nest in the trees about 6-10 stories above mouth a gapped photo takers. Little did I even know that these regal birds that we have seen on the lakes around our hometown state of Michigan actually created nests high above in the trees. We sat there roadside watching the expecting parents building away. Finally after around 5-10 minutes we drove off and started a good hour hike.
Hampton Hills Metro Park has two available hiking trails. Both start in the same location but the short trail is 3.2 miles and the long one 16 miles. Seeing that it was already the afternoon we decided it would be best to take the shorter route today. It was a nice sized trail and clearly trekked out with many people but there were a few things that could have been better in our opinions. Firstly, there were very few markers which got to be a bit frustrating because there are people that have made their own trails and it’s hard to navigate between which is real and which isn’t since there were three markers the entire hike. Secondly, we found it amazing that it was so busy even though the trail was marked extremely difficult (which yea, it wasn’t). Finally, they allow people to smoke! Yes, even at a park people decide to smoke! Seriously what’s the point of going for fresh air if you can’t get it because the man in front of you is smoking a cigar? Lol, as you can tell it wasn’t the best hiking adventure for us but we were thankful to get the exercise going up and down the hillsides. Oh and we found the “top of the world” but unfortunately it was all hype and nothing to see… we saved you some time. Hehe If you are looking for a good workout and don’t mind a busy trail, go for this one – it’s calling your name.
By the time we got to our car, we were a bit bored seeing as the trail wasn’t the most gorgeous and there wasn’t anything exciting to see. We didn’t even see one bit of wildlife the entire time! No squirrels, strange! Or was it us? Hmmm… We drove home and after showers settled down to a nice dinner of leftovers and the warm sunshine finally coming down. Just perfect!
Source: Genki Kitty Vegan Carrot Cake the Man made for Resurrection Day – so delicious!!!