Afternoon Picnic

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Location: Cheyenne Canyon

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This past weekend Bruce and I escaped the city for a couple hours to spend an afternoon picnicking in the mountains. We loaded up on cheese, bread, and peaches at the farmer’s market that morning so we pulled some extra goodies from home to make a lunch date of it! After some hesitation of “when” to actually pick the tomatoes off my tomato plant, I picked this one off for our lunch – our first homegrown tomato in the flesh! We also grabbed a bottle of Wente wine to feel like fancy adults 😉

We drove to a trail head and grabbed our stuff. We clearly were not the only ones with the great idea to escape a bit of the heat and go to the canyon, so we walked a bit along side the river until we found a quiet spot for our lunch. Just sitting outside, listening to the river run & the aspen leaves quake was so relaxing. We made huge delicious sandwiches, talked, rested, and sipped our wine. It was a good break from the quick pace of our day to days. We only headed back when the storm clouds rolled in, the thunder roared, and the rain came down. Even walking back in the rain, smelling the fresh air & feeling the big drops on our skin, I was reminded just how beautiful this world is.

Maybe we’ll make a habit of summer picnics out here by the river – with wine because “why not?!”

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Author: Oak & Oats

  • Oh my – this looks like the most perfect day. Ever. Outdoors – a picnic – beautiful weather – and a bottle of wine… I’m seriously craving a day like this now. 🙂 Lovely photos, as always, Elizabeth! My husband and I will be moving to Colorado (for a few weeks) at the end of August and I’ll have to see if we can plan something similar. We love to find local wineries and vineyards whenever we move somewhere new and I’d love to hear more of your recommendations!

    • Oh! And when are you heading to California? What areas are you going to be in? I’d love to send you an email with the best local spots if you’re interested! 🙂

    • Oak & Oats

      That is so fun! Why will you be living here for only a couple weeks?!?! Where in Colorado?

      • I’m so sad that it will only be there for a few weeks! My husband’s job has us move around constantly and live out of hotels. This year has been 4 weeks in Portland, OR, 7 weeks in South Carolina, 8 weeks in Lexington, KY (where we are now) and then 2 weeks in Denver, CO. I was hoping for a Colorado assignment, but not one this short! We’re planning to finally settle down in about two years and, when we do, we’re hoping for either Oregon or Colorado. We’ll be in Denver from August 19th – September 4th and my husband will need to work crazy hours, but I’ll have time to kill. If you have suggestions of things I could do while he’s working, I’d love to hear them! And a suggestion for a hike in the Rocky Mountains we can do on his day off. (Even though we typically prefer longer hikes, we’re looking for something shorter and more leisurely this time since he’ll be so tired with the long work days.) You’re in Colorado Springs, right?

        • Oak & Oats

          Yes! I am! Oh man! That is a crazy adventurous life! I’ll try to think of some fun things for you all to do!

  • What a great date! Looks perfect… and one my husband would enjoy just as much as I would!

    • Oak & Oats

      I know right?! It is fun to just get away and do your own thing!

      • Oak & Oats

        Oh yes! We will be saying in Newport Beach. Going to disney and universal and other things. We’ll also be spending time in LA 🙂 I would love all the recommendations! Oh, and we are going in October!

        • Oh, perfect! I’m from Los Angeles so I’ll put together a list of some of my favorite Southern California spots and send it via your contact page. 🙂 October is going to be a perfect time to go – it won’t be autumn weather, but it certainly shouldn’t be as hot as it is in the summer either.

          • Oak & Oats

            AH!!! That would be incredible! You are the best!

  • You two are adorable! I don’t know what looks better, the sandwich or the wine! Your homegrown tomato looked perfect too 🙂 I’m pretty much jealous of your whole trip 🙂

    • Oak & Oats

      Ah!! Thanks so much Amanda! I know right! I was like we need to take pictures of these sandwiches -They look SO good! HAA!

  • So fun! Escaping to a canyon sounds amazing. I’m actually headed to CO in 2 weeks and cannot WAIT for cooler nights (since we’ll be in the middle of nowhere in the mountains haha). I love that blanket!!

    • Oak & Oats

      YAY! enjoy your time in Colorado!!

  • Such a perfect way to spend an afternoon! I love picnicking!

    xo Bryn

    • Oak & Oats

      Me too!

  • Mar

    What a great date day! The scenery, the food, the drinks.. my kind of date.

    • Oak & Oats

      I know right?!!

  • Looks like my kind of day out. Nature, wine, yummy food.
    I like your casual look.

    • Oak & Oats

      Thanks so much! Casual is a must when it comes to hiking!

  • This looks amazing and adventurous!!! Now I want to have a picnic {ha}! Love it!

    • Oak & Oats

      You totally should!!! It makes for a great date!

  • Looks like a lovely sort of afternoon! Congrats on your first homegrown tomato, by the way! That’s super exciting! 🙂

    • Oak & Oats

      Thanks so much! I was thrilled that I grew something and it didn’t die! HAHA!

  • What a peaceful little spot! And those sandwiches look AWESOME! I wish I could get my husband to accompany me on an outdoor picnic- haha! He’s more of the restaurant-type!

    • Oak & Oats

      Well we are also totally the restaurant type! hahah!

  • Homegrown tomatoes are just the best! So worth the long and painful wait. And we love taking picnics to new places around here, way cheaper than a restaurant and way more romantic too. 😉

    • Oak & Oats

      YAY! I know! It was a blast!

  • now this is my kind of picnic! <3
    p.s. those cutting boards are stunning.
    p.p.s we have the same blanket! 🙂

    • Oak & Oats

      Oh yay! Twinning!!

  • What a fun picnic! There is nothing like homegrown tomatoes. My mom used to grow them and had a war every summer with our golden retriever who would eat them off the plants before she could pick them. He also ate our persimmons and could peel the skin off and eat the inside of our tangelos. He was a special dog. haha.

    • Oak & Oats

      hahaha! Special and sneaky 😉 he thought you were growing them for him!

  • Ro

    I would love to picnic, but my fiancee has never really liked the idea much because he’s afraid of fleas, haha. 😛 Maybe if I show him this post of how there’s plenty of places we can picnic without really tall grass that he might be more likely to want to partake in it.

    Great post! It looks very relaxing and it seems like you had a lot of fun!

    • Oak & Oats

      hahah! That is the nice part of Colorado – no bugs!!!

  • Wow! Picnicking and wine, my favorite! Beautiful photos!

    • Oak & Oats

      Thanks so much! And Yes! Picnics with wine!!