The question of the day for Jeff and I yesterday was, “Do we stay home and clean the house OR do we head to Kings Gap for a hike?” Considering the holidays are coming up, which means more entertaining than usual, the WHAT WE SHOULD DO was obvious; however it’s been a while since we had a weekend day together and the weather was perfect……so we opted for Kings Gap.
We enjoyed each others’ company on the winding ride to the top of the mountain. And when we got there we proceeded to the mansion terrace to catch the view during the day….the last time we were there, it was pitch black and the view was non-existent. We were amazed at how far we could see – not only is the overlook perfect, but the sky was crystal clear!
After a few minutes and several pictures on the terrace, we set off for the garden. Although this isn’t the best time of year for looking at all the herbs and native PA plants, we still had fun wandering through the space, pointing interesting things out to one another and talking. A few minutes into our time at Kings Gap, Jeff’s cell phone rang. It was our friend Ben. If you’ve been reading lately, you’ll remember he is a landscaper. We were semi-expecting a call from him – he knew we were thinking about a trip to Kings Gap and had a landscaping job he in the area wanted us to see. So after a few more minutes in the garden, we got back in the car and descended the mountain…talking about our bucket lists on the way to meet Ben at the local General Store.
Ben took us on Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride over hill and dale to the house of a wonderful couple for whom he is doing some absolutely incredible landscape and hardscape work. We got to see the fruits of Ben’s labor in an ideal setting. There were all kinds of tiered stone walls, a huge patio, a built-in grill that blends in beautifully with all the hardscape, and a fire pit area with several boulders for seating. Although it’s not completely finished, it is well on the way and gave Jeff and I many ideas for the blank canvas that is our back yard! While there we also had the undeniable privilege of meeting Gretzky, a sweet, lovable, beautiful golden retriever. He enjoyed many pats and scratches while we talked and got to know Barb and Bill. We are so appreciative that they let us interrupt their day to gawk and drool over their backyard!
Next stop – lunch. Ben suggested a place he likes to go when he’s working in the area and it did not disappoint. Caffe 101 is in Boiling Springs in a newly remodeled brick building with charming back courtyard seating and a bright, cheery indoor dining area. You order at the counter and serve yourself drinks. The staff brings your order to the table.
And I ordered a turkey, bacon and avocado sandwich that was very good. Fortunately for Jeff I couldn’t finish it and he got to try my sandwich. The food at Caffe 101 was very fresh, nicely presented, and quite tasty. The only thing that will keep us from going back soon is that it’s a bit out of our way. But I am sure we will return when we have another day that’s not jam packed! If for no other reason than to have a cup of coffee, which smelled excellent and to try a dessert. They had pretty cupcakes that were decorated with generous amounts of icing and other tempting sweet treats!
From Caffe 101 we followed Ben to his house to pick out another tree for our backyard. We looked at his garden, his inventory of trees, and we heard about some of his plans for next year (or the next several years). AND, the highlight of the visit was meeting the newest member of the family – his new backhoe. I can’t wait to have a chance to drive it!
We had a lot of fun spending the day with one another and with Ben. So I was glad that I had started dinner in the morning – so that I could invite Ben and his lovely wife, Christa – who was travelling for her nephew’s birthday party, to dinner. They accepted our invitation and we parted ways. Christa was heading back from her trip, Ben went to work on a job, and Jeff and I headed for home to finish dinner and at least vacuum the house.
Tune in later for a full description of dinner, a sneak peek into my rookie mistake, and to hear more about cooking, eating and entertaining, which when done with and for friends is soul satisfying!!!!