Sweet Escape

J. Alabama and I were in need of a little getaway, even if that just meant hitting the road for a day adventure in nature.

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Pine Mountain lies just 30 minutes out of town and is full of amazing nature trails for hiking.

We picked a 6.7 mile trail for hiking and began our journey.

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There was so much beauty to take in on our little hike. And it was so peaceful.

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We picked this particular trail to hike because we were told of the spectacular waterfalls along the trail.   028 029

After about 2 hours of hiking I joked that “For some reason it doesn’t seem like a big deal for me to run countless miles for hours on end, but to hike 6 miles seems really hard!”

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Yeah, by mile 5.5 I was giving myself a little pep talk.

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And then we picked up the pace and added in a little trail running for the last mile. Now I know why people love it. It’s truly exhilarating to fly over rocks and dodge roots and just run in nature.

I’m thinking next time we run whole thing! 🙂

After three hours of hiking we were starving. So we decided to stop at Bon Vivant Cafe per recommendation of a friend.

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Oh my was this place the perfect little lunch stop. So cute!

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It had a very old fashioned and vintage feel.

I knew I was in love when they brought out these cute 8oz Diet Coke’s in the bottle.

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We first started with the cheese & fruit plate as an appetizer.

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Fresh grapes, strawberries, blueberries, and mango to pair with brie, jalapeño cheddar, and a pepper jack. Hit.the.spot!

When it was time to order our meal J. Alabama went with the House special, Rosemary Cheddar Waffles!

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Yes, it was quite an interesting combination of ingredients but it was truly delicious!

I opted for a roast beef sandwich stuffed with a horseradish sauce, caramelized onions and garlic. It was paired with a light and refreshing broccoli and cauliflower salad.

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I only ate half my meal because I was warned to save room for the homemade ice cream.  Homemade Vanilla Almond ice cream after a 3 hour hike, yes please!

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It was the perfect little treat to end such a sweet day with the husband.

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Who knew trail running rocked so much? I want to go again! 🙂

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13 thoughts on “Sweet Escape

  1. What a great day Linzi and such a beautiful trail.

    We don’t have trails like that here in Holland but we do have beautiful forests. Reading your post reminds me I need to look more into this and go to the forest more often for walks with Bella. She loves it and I love it.

  2. Beautiful trail! I agree that covering a distance sans-running is hard. I often tell my mom when we walk races together, “Walking is tiring!” There’s something about running that makes the distance not seem so bad.*

  3. Looks like such a fun date day. I loved the trail pics and the cute cafe. I hope I get to see you soon!! Did you get my email about the 15th?

  4. We go hiking every summer and I love it, but its a lot of elevation climbing which is really tough. I wish we had more flat trails. I love the waterfall! They are my fav!

  5. What a fun little getaway! The photos were lovely, and I would definitely love to eat a bunch of ice cream after a long hike like that!

    My hubby and I love to go hiking together, especially along Minnesota’s North Shore. We’re going to be in Duluth next weekend, so I hope we’ll have a change to hit up Gooseberry Falls State Park.

  6. What a fun little adventure! LOVE IT! I don’t trail run much but I always love it when I do. And YES I always find hiking to be a lot more tiring & challenging than I’d expect. Totally worth it for that lunch, though. mmmmm!!

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