I was able to sleep in a little yesterday, I didn’t wake up until 7! I made the dear husband and I am nice bowl of oats made with soymilk. I topped the oats with some homemade trail mix and a banana. I have seen this combo in blogland often and have always thought that it must be an interesting texture combo. It was that and more. I enjoyed it so much and it left me satisfied for hours. We will be having this combo again, for sure.
Once our breakfast settled, we hit the pool for some swimming and some relaxing. We spent a couple of hours there reading, splashing around and having a grand time. Afterwards, we went back to the condo and took a nap! Oh, how I love vacation. When we woke up, it was time for a late lunch. I made low sodium board head turkey on whole wheat with honey mustard, lettuce and tomato. Along side the sandwiches, we had some plain sunchips and a nice bunch of grapes.
We ate our lunch on the deck, here is the view:
After lunch, we headed out for some exploring but first we had to stop for a local latte. This time I got a soy snickerdoodle and the dear husband got a soy almond joy. I thoroughly enjoyed mine, it was sweet and cinnamony and after a lazy morning, it really perked me up.
The lattes lead us to The General Store, a cozy little shop with lots to offer. We browsed around the unique gifts and local made quilts and crafts. We finally stumbled upon the local food and this is where we spent the majority of our time and money. We bought a huge mason jar of local and some local made wasabi peas. After the general store, we decided to hit the road and see where it took us. The first place that peaked out interest was the Booker T. Washington National Monument. We stopped to walk around and read the history on Mr. Washington. And to our delight, after looking at the animals, we happened upon a hiking trail called the Jack-o-lantern trail. Despite my being in flip flops and blue jeans, we decided to go for it. We walked the trail and really worked up a sweat! Here are some shots of our time at the Monument and on the trail:
Once we finished the hike, we hit the open road. We came across a small town and a local creamery that boasted fresh baked goods and local produce. We had to stop! Though the fresh homemade ice cream was hard to resist, we still came out with the quite the loot. We bought some local jam, homemade whole wheat pasta, a 7 grain hot cereal mix and a whole wheat pancake mix, all local to VA! High on food finds, we decided to see what the next town would bring. We decided that we would eat dinner at the first place that appealed to us.
About 10 miles later, we were in Rocky Mount, VA and came across a restaurant called Red Clay. We knew this was our place. It was empty, I think we were the only ones there but the staff was friendly and the atmosphere was hip but cozy. We started with the almond dusted shrimp served with a pineapple salsa and a citrus vinaigrette. The shrimp was delightful, I really enjoyed it with the vinaigrette. I apologize for the pictures but it was very dimly lit which I do not have very much experience with.
For dinner, I chose the special. It was jumbo lump crab cakes served with two sides of my choice. I chose the steamed veggies and the roasted corn. The crab were served with a cajun roumelad sauce, they were very good. I really enjoyed this dinner, and the best part is it was dirt cheap!
After dinner, we headed back to the condo for some relaxing and chocolate 🙂 We shared a dark chocolate cranberry almond bar. This was my favorite of all of my dairy free chocolate I have tried so far. I really liked the chew that the cranberries gave and the crunch from the almonds.
We settled in for some tv and a little reading and then hit the hay. It had been a lovely day here in the mountains.
QOTD: Am I the only one who seeks out food on vacation? I always find it so interesting to see the foods that the locals always have access to. The dear husband jokes that we always come home from vacation with more food than we left with.