8.38 USD at the work cafeteria. I could drive to Wendy’s and get a cheeseburger and fries for half that price.(and spend less time too)
Yesterday I went on a walk through the woods at Eno River State Park with some friends. Even though it’s the middle of winter, it was a beautiful sunny day. I enjoyed taking pictures of the woods, the river, and the swimming hole at the old quarry site.
But it was also interesting to see the remnants of the industry and infrastructure that used to exist around that quarry. You could still see the outlines of roads, rows of planted trees, and bits of metal, rubber, and concrete sticking out of the land at odd places. It was kinda gave you an appreciation for archeology.
Today Pat and I joined James and Cheryl Maxey for a walk through Eno River State Park along the river and around the Eno River quarry. It was a winter day, bright and sunny, a great day for a walk in the woods.
And now for the obligatory selfie!
I took some footage of the river today for my One Minute series:
It’s a crying shame that I’ve lived in South Durham for over a year and I’d never once eaten at True Flavors Diner. Food blogger extraordinaire Ron Wen invited me to go there for lunch with him. It’s probably because he knew I had a good appreciation for diner fare. I’m much more of an “eat like you mean it” sort of foodie so I was all in for the visit.
One look at the lunch menu and you realize, this is not your stereotypical diner. Literally every item on the menu has a comfort food familiarity while still bringing a fine dining vibe. I was sorely tempted by the Country Fried Steak plate because in one menu item it had three of my litmus test items for restaurants: Country fried steak, mac ‘n cheese, and collard greens. In the end, I opted for the Chicken And Waffles. It’s inexplicable to me why Chicken and Waffles are even a thing, but they are. It’s one of life’s mysteries. Perhaps a better foodie than I could explain the appeal. But there’s something about the starchiness of the waffles combined with the crispy juiciness of the chicken. And then you accent it with a few extra flavors and a hint of sweetness.
I’m not a technical judge of food preparation, but I’ll say I thoroughly enjoyed the True Flavors Chicken And Waffles:
I’d be negligent if I did not also mention the biscuits. As a diehard carbaholic, I was excited when the wait staff brought biscuits to our table while we waited on our entrée. Now, I’ve got to say that I consider myself a connoisseur of biscuits and have very high standards. I give the True Flavors biscuits high marks. They were fluffy on the inside, well browned on the outside, and just the right amount of butter. They were served with a home-made jelly which I believe the waiter said was made from watermelon rind. I liked it.
True Flavors is tucked away in Greenwood Commons shopping center on Highway 55 in south Durham. It’s nondescript on the outside. Looks like just another RTP lunch spot:
But on the inside, its very comfortable while still being some what utilitarian and diner-ish.
Today Pat and I needed to get out of the house a bit, so we did something I’ve been wanting to do for years. We went geocaching. It’s kind of like a treasure hunt except that instead of being given clues, you are given a set of map coordinates, which you have to get to and then you have to find the hidden “cache.”
Because it was our first time and because we were both feeling sort of low energy, I deliberately picked an easy one to get to. We went looking for the “I’m NOT Crabby!” which is located in Lake Crabtree Park. Now Geocaching.com seems to have a business model based on making it as difficult as possible to use their site, so that you will sign up for a premium membership to make it easier to use. But at the end of the day, all you need is the map coordinates which you can copy and past into your phone’s map program. We were using Google maps.
It was kinda fun traipsing through the woods. This particular one wasn’t hard to get to or very far. But still, you kinda had to pick your way through the muddy bit and the thorn bushes and picking the best route to get there.
I was able to get us to the coordinates. But it took Pat’s sharp eyes to actually find the thing:
Ta Dah! Yep it’s an old peanut butter jar
Inside there’s a bit of paper you’re supposed to sign to prove you were there but none of the pens were working and we didn’t have one on us. But the pic will do. It was full of trinkets that previous finders had left. My understanding is that you’re supposed to take a trinket and leave a trinket of greater or equal value. We didn’t bring any so we just left it the way we found it.
Now that we kinda know the drill I’m interested in trying to find some more. I realize I’m about five years late on this trend. But oh well. It was fun
Here’s some more pics from our day:
X Marks the spot:
Pretty much says it all about Cary:
Also check out my latest One Minute video from our visit to the park today:
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