My first traditional picnic began with a quick effort to throw together a meal after getting home from work this evening. After a quick stop at the grocery store, I had enough supplies to throw together a simple dinner of sandwiches, some vegetables, some snacks, and, of course, a bottle of wine. With Rachael's help we made quick work of the preparations for the meal and were out the door within minutes of my arrival home. With the dogs in tow, we hit the road to make the brief trip to Brittingham Park in downtown Madison.
|All packed up!|
The evening meal was everything I had hoped it would be. While I was distracted by some issues with my camera for a portion of the picnic, the perfect weather, the beautiful scenery, a pair of cooperative dogs, and the company of my wonderful girlfriend made for a relaxing and tranquil experience. As we worked our way through our meal, the evening quietly transitioned into sunset, leaving us surrounded by the burgeoning sounds of night. As I took time to take in the setting around us, I couldn't help but feel we had chosen the ideal time and place for my first traditional picnic. It nearly impossible to find anything about the evening that could be better, which, in a way, made me happy I had waited so long to gain the experience. This day, in this place, with this company will make the memories of my first traditional picnic stick with me for a long time. I couldn't ask for anything more.
|The sunset on our way out of the park|