Day 52 – Craft beer, unplanned adventures and an amazing friend

Meet Josie. We went to high school together. When I came back to town after being gone 30 years, Josie was the first person to come visit. She lent me her mom at Christmas to help with my first attempt at baking. And, I credit her with both helping me quit smoking, and getting me started on a wonderful journey of getting healthy again by introducing me to yoga.


Anytime we get together we have good adventures. What makes them so neat is that they are usually completely unplanned, like today. We started off with a basic idea of going up to the farm and ended up going to a really cool conservation area (that was actually on my summer must-see list by the way), stopping by a craft brewery, and then grabbing lunch at The Tall Teepee in Alderville.

The really cool conservation area is called Crowe Bridge Park and it’s kind of a hidden jem. The riverbed is limestone and Josie was telling me that this year the water is really high, but normally a lot of the river bed is exposed by mid summer making it a beautiful spot to just relax, do a little paddling around or take a chair out into the river and sit.


After leaving Crowe Bridge Park, we decided to work our way back to the farm to pick up Chuck and go for lunch. But, we couldn’t pass Church-Key Brewing without stopping in. Owner and brewmaster John Graham was working and gave us not only a sample of some of his brews, but a tour of the facility (which is located in an old Methodist church by the way…how awesome is THAT!), and a neat history of how he started the business (17 years strong now). I had to buy some of his Northumberland Ale and Josie picked up a bottle of CSIS (Canadian Style Imperial Stout). Thanks for being such a great sport John!

We grabbed a quick lunch at The Tall Teepee, another maybe not-so-hidden jem. If you want a hearty, tasty meal served with a smile and a laugh, that’s the place to be. We’ve never been disappointed with the food, or the atmosphere. Unfortunately, I was way too hungry to take pictures. So, you’re going to have to just imagine my incredibly yummy cheeseburger and fries platter and Josie’s fish and chip daily special.

How do you top a day like that off? Well, Chuck and I figured the best way was a nice long bike ride.


Ah, summer…how I love you…


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