Sunday 10/13/19 Sue and I celebrated our 2nd Anniversary with a foliage drive and a nice dinner at home.
Beau impatiently waiting for Sue to get done cleaning her car out so that we'd get going on our foliage sightseeing drive!
We headed out for our drive after lunch. We didn't want to go too far, so set a goal of no more than 45 minutes away. That worked out great because we had a wonderful drive through many of the back roads to the south of us. We even found some really spectacular color areas we hadn't been through before.
Colors are really beaming!
As we drove down hard gravel roads canopied by arched branches of vibrant yellow and orange Autumn leaves, the bright sun began to take the chill out of the air. We had the car windows open, and Beau propped himself by "his" window, face thrust into the oncoming wind, loudly snorting, and sniffing the air. What a sight....
Beau enjoying his ride.
We got back home on schedule at 4:00 pm, and played some backgammon while sipping a relatively expensive bottle of Robert Mondavi Pinot Noir I had picked up earlier in the week. It took awhile for the wine to begin to soften, but by the time we shifted into the kitchen to cook, it had changed noticeably.
Small gift for Sue waiting on the table as we cooked in the kitchen.
My main course was Whiskey Shrimp. I pre cooked the shrimp in butter, some garlic, and salt and pepper. I then added that to a broth I had been simmering for awhile: a mix of onion, garlic, lemon juice, heavy cream, mustard, and fresh tarragon. Just before adding the shrimp to this, I turned up the heat and tossed in a healthy portion of Dr. Jack Daniels, letting the shrimp absorb all of those mixed flavors. Mah-vou-loose! That was served over a bed of basil infused couscous, with a side of the last of Sue's garden green beans sauteed in shallots, garlic, basil, and roasted red peppers.
After all the prep work had been done, and I was just starting to cook the meal, Sue took Beau for a short ride up to the top of the ridge to catch a picture of the sunset.
Sue caught this magnificent view of the sun setting over the mountains in the distance.
Just after we finished eating, and I was pushing back to enjoy the last of my wine, Sue jumps up and exclaims, "Tonight is the Hunter's moon, and it's rising above the tree line right now! Let's go!" And off we all went scrambling for the car to get pictures before it rose too high.
And to end the night off, we watched the iconic 1981 movie, On Golden Pond, staring Henry Fonda, and Katharine Hepburn. I've watched this movie during the Fall season every year now for.... well, probably 30 years.