Here’s to hidden gems like this hike up to the best sunset view on Lake Martin. Smith Mountain Fire Tower located off Smith Mtn Rd in Jackson’s Gap has a pretty easy hike up via trail or there is a short cut road right at the end of parking lot. The hike is less than a mile and not too bad. My 4 and 2 yr old did just fine. Then you can hike up the tower when you get there and have a really awesome 360 view. Would be a great picnic spot for sure. It’s not marked great via road but typing smith mountain rd on gps will get you there. If you are in to Geocaching there is a spot up there and nearby. Happy trails.
You know what I see in this first photo? Potential. Here in my town of Alex City, Al there are vacant buildings scattered all around and some with lots of potential. We are a town full of artist, creative, and smart people. We just need a comeback story.
I have always loved to travel and I didn’t realize until I have gotten older that I always seek out the unique places over the chains. I love having an experience more than a meal. I love eating and visiting shops that have the personal touch and have put hard work into making them awesome.
I have recently learned about myself that maybe I should have chosen a different route in college. I (well most of the time) have a vision of what something could be and see the potential in things people no longer want or run down buildings. These things excite me.
Like that hunk of junk building every time I ride by I think man this could be a cool spot. Like a Steel City Pops in Birmingham, or a Leon’s Oyster Shop in Charleston, or maybe even like Cafe Dawn in Salida, Co. All really really great places to visit and maybe one day Alex City will have it’s own version :)
We had a fun little field trip at work last Tuesday to the Eagle Roost Herb Farm in Rockford, Al. It was such a nice treat for Sharon, Irene, and myself. Fred and Barbara Muenzmay gave us the tour and taught us about how they garden. They have the BEST selection of Herbs. So beautiful. I bought sage, stevia, lavender, and parsley. We picked fresh blueberries right off of the branches that are Organically grown. I had to try a few right there on the spot and they were so good. First time picking blueberries so I really enjoyed that. I think we will be having blueberry pancakes in the morning.
Fred let me pick some peppers from his experimental garden. We ate lunch and had great fellowship with Fred & Barbara. Love what they do. You can catch them at the Alexander City Farmers Market each Saturday selling herbs, blueberries, and Fred’s famous blueberry pies. He will also be a chef in the Farm to Table Cook off hosted by PATH Lake Martin on July 26th along with Rob McDaniel, and Brad MacFiggen at the Farmers Market. Such a fun and great event planned for our area. Stay tuned!
It’s the time of the year where I could totally be a vegetarian. Well minus my love of bacon. The fridge is stocked with lots of goodness. My favorite salad right now is an Israeli Salad. I use fresh cucumbers, tomatoes, bell peppers, purple onion, cilantro, parsley, lemon juice, olive oil, little apple cider vinegar, and s&p. It’s so fresh and yummy. Even good for breakfast.
Hello Main Street Farmers Market. With all of the imported food in our grocery stores, added dyes, and GMO’s here is one way you can make good choices for your health and family. Be a locavore. Support your local Farmers Market and farmers. Here in Alexander City, Al we may be a small town but we have a wonderful Farmers Market every Saturday. Want to know where your food came from? Shake the hand of the person that grew it! Lots of variety and some cool plans for the future like a community walk through town. I have met some wonderful people that I look forward to seeing each time I visit. Just an idea of some things you can get are: Italian shaved ice (worth going for alone), honey, bees wax hand cream (the best), lots of fresh veggies (most were $3 per basket), fried pies, herbs, baked breads, goat milk caramels (addictive), heritage pork (no hormones) like sausage, pork chops, and bacon, plants and tons more. Very affordable and a much better choice to eat local. Hope to see you there next Saturday.
Sooooo….. I’m supposed to be on a cleanse this week. My mom bought me these little yummy Goat Milk Caramels from Fox Point Farm at our local Farmers Market this past Saturday. I mean really, they shouldn’t be so so good. I could eat the entire jar in one sitting. Salted Caramel is my favorite so far but they have many different flavors. Definitely worth a cheat day :) Love that they are made right on the farm. These would make really good local gifts from the Lake Martin Area. Check out the Fox Point Farm website http://www.thefoxpointfarm.com and find them on Facebook as well.
Alexander City, Al now has a community garden thanks to the help of the CP-H group and so many people. Small town big dreams. PATH Community Garden is in full swing.
Ridges room got a little update. New bed spread and pillows, wooden shelf, and roman shades. Big boy room.