Sunday, October 22, 2006

Picnic Hide-n-Go-Seek

Church Picnic Update: Well, I called a friend for directions to this park I'd never heard of, because I have been driving past it's supposed location for ten years and have never seen it. My friend says, "Do you know where Freedom Park is?" Excited, I say, "Yes!" Friend responds. "Well, that's not where they're having it, but I really think they should, because everyone already knows where that is." Moving right along -- the next person I ask tells me it is in plain sight and he doesn't know why I've never seen it before. He confidently tells me exactly where it is. I drive there and it isn't. No park. Nada. There is a gymnastics studio, a parkinglot and a community center. No park. I drove around the block to the South -- very scary neighborhood, gutted, burned out cars and listing, windowless houses. No park -- and I wouldn't have stopped had there been one. So, I drove around the block to the North. The neighborhood was a tiny bit better, these listing houses had windows, and although ancient, none of the cars were gutted or smoldering. [Blocks in Las Vegas are a mile square, I did not venture off the main roads and into these neighborhoods.] I drove several blocks to a better neighborhood, pulled into the parkinglot of a 7-11 and used my cell phone to call yet another friend. She said that at the rear of the parkinglot between the gymnastics building and the community center I would find a lovely park, and that I should drive to the cluster of helium balloons, for there I would find the church picnic. She was quite right. I did find the church picnic and the park was truly gorgeous. I had no idea those huge buildings were hiding such a glorious green wonder in the midst of this concrete city. Oh, the other friend who told me the park was in plain sight? He came in about a half-hour after I did -- delivering the grills for our meal. He was sorry to be so late, but he couldn't find the park. Despite the confusion it really was a lovely day. The temperature made it to 76 degrees. The chicken wings, hamburgers and teriyaki beef kabobs were all yummy. Oh! So was the salmon and the mediterranean salad, the potato salad, the fresh watermelon, and about 6 different deserts I didn't sample -- not even my own brownies -- which the youth group made very short work of. All-in-all we nibbled and chomped and tasted for almost 2 hours! My next meal will be breakfast -- maybe.

15 Comments:

Blogger Melli said...

LOL! DO NOT skip breakfast! It's the MOST important meal of the day! *and now, back to our regular programming*

10/22/2006 07:56:00 PM  
Blogger Lori's Minute said...

I am glad you found such a great park,,,sounds like a great day. I wish it was warmer here....I think it was around 40 most of the day. I even turned up the heat.

10/22/2006 08:15:00 PM  
Anonymous cindra said...

Sounds absolutely wonderful. Don't you love finding surprises like that? I do!

10/22/2006 11:41:00 PM  
Blogger Rob said...

I miss Las Vegas... It barely made it to 36 degrees here in Michigan today. Glad everything turned out well for your church picnic!

10/22/2006 11:59:00 PM  
Blogger Jeanette said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful day, once you found the park nestled in a concrete jungle, I hope you had your car doors locked going through the south cause I know I would have had mine locked.

10/23/2006 01:33:00 AM  
Blogger goldennib said...

Ah, the helpful advice of friends.

Glad you had a good day.

10/23/2006 02:14:00 AM  
Blogger DaBich said...

Wow..what a veritable feast for a picnic...I'm sure you enjoyed! lol

10/23/2006 02:47:00 AM  
Blogger judypatooote said...

I must tell you, you have the best looking blog sight that I've seen. It is so darn cute...... I'm glad you finally found your picnic... It is pretty cold here in Ohio, so no picnics for us......

10/23/2006 03:34:00 AM  
Blogger Dr.John said...

You either need friends with more information or a GPS tacking system in your car.

10/23/2006 06:47:00 AM  
Blogger sandy said...

Now I'm hungry!

10/23/2006 09:58:00 AM  
Blogger Kat Campbell said...

OOhh, a secret garden, I love those. Sounds like a bunch of fun and I'm VERY jealous of your warm, flip flop appropriate, weather.

10/23/2006 12:19:00 PM  
Blogger bazza27 said...

Sounds like a lovely day.

10/23/2006 12:30:00 PM  
Blogger Chana said...

i have a hard time finding a new address. i have to have Joe give me directions my way...that red building that we went to for that thing..and right after 3 rights..etc..i don't do maps..and i suck at remembering what names are...if you had trouble finding this place Quilldancer (May i call you Quill? Quilly? Dancer?) i can assure you i would have NEVER found it..lol.

i'm glad you ate so much good yumms..now i'm hungry for them...


i want to thank you for your words..very caring and thoughtful of you hon..

10/23/2006 01:37:00 PM  
Blogger Cindy said...

Don't you just love finding such hidden treasures amongst the everyday/ordinary?

10/23/2006 03:32:00 PM  
Blogger Betty said...

I am glad you found such a lovely place and the picnic with all the great food. Every time someones gives me direction and the statement you can't miss it I know I will be lost for sure.

10/24/2006 06:56:00 AM  

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