Dinner/ Lunch

Fern Gully

Hello, sunshine!

I’m from Florida. I miss the sunshine. Wah wah wah you live in California, land of plentiful sunshine, food and wine.
Were you here two months ago? Let me refresh your memory.

I don’t “do” cold. And, yes, it gets COLD here! However, that made today—the first day the temperature hit 80—all the sweeter.

All in all, it was the perfect day. But really, how can you go wrong when you start the day with an egg and cheese sandwich and church, progress with boating in the sunshine, and end with pulled pork and pinot noir. Y’all…I just don’t know.
We grabbed sandwiches from the general store on our way out to the lake. I had turkey, pepperjack and jalapeno….it was so spicy it almost made me cry…and we all know how I feel about spice.

I was perfectly in my element. Sunshine, sunscreen, nature, fast boat, splinters on my butt….

Just kidding. I sat on a life jacket just in case, don’t you worry.
And then just when it couldn’t get any better, we found Fern Gully!

(insert angelic choir)

Because I’m young and reckless, I didn’t drink enough water or wear enough sunscreen.

But I survived nevertheless.
We continued the “perfect Sunday trend” with good old fashioned barbecue for dinner.

And you know how I feel about my barbecue.

I do love me some pulled pork.
That’s a fact.

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  • Angharad
    April 25, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    Err. Yeah. Perfect day. BBQ sounds amazing. Come to think of it, so does 80 degrees!

  • miranda
    April 25, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    ah! yay to Sonoma County Sundays when the weather is getting warm! Just wait till summer comes πŸ™‚ Glad you enjoyed a day on the lake!

  • Nora@LiveLifeEatRight
    April 25, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    a day of favorites= the BEST day. That pork looks AMAZING! I haven’t had pulled pork in such a long time. There is a place near me called Dinosaur BBQ and I SWEAR by it. Something about the slow cooked and smoke with a special sauce…flavorful comfort. I’m glad you had such an great day!

  • Jil
    April 25, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    Pulled pork = perfection. Looks like an amazing day!

  • Jenny
    April 25, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    Wow! What a great day- glad ya had a blast!

  • Adam
    April 25, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    You are livin’ the life! Don’t let anyone change you, or your views towards health, i think they are absolutely wonderful πŸ˜€ Beautiful pictures btw!

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
    April 25, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    Livin’ the life in beautiful [sunny] NorCal. So bummed rain is coming this week. Glad you soaked up the sun while you could!

  • alicia
    April 25, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    I’m so glad you’re having a good time! Your parents have done a great job with you. The world needs more Jennas.

  • Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear
    April 25, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    I’m green with envy! it looks like you had the best Sunday πŸ™‚

  • Camille
    April 25, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    Those pictures are gorgeous.
    I love Northern California πŸ™‚

  • Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards)
    April 25, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    What a great day! this made me so happy just reading it. where is that BBQ place?? I am from norcal and have never been to a great BBQ place. Although I guess by NOT being from the South, I donΒ΄t really know the difference πŸ™‚

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs
    April 25, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    Awh that day sounds lovely!! No doubt probably just what you needed after the last few days!??
    The boat sounds fab, it’s been f-or-ev-er since I’ve been on a boat :s

  • Matt
    April 26, 2010 at 1:04 am

    Awh that day sounds lovely!! No doubt probably just what you needed after the last few days!??
    The boat sounds fab, it’s been f-or-ev-er since I’ve been on a boat :s

  • Julie
    April 26, 2010 at 2:20 am

    Wow that day sounds amazing! I want the sun out in Denmark as well, so that I can take my fiancΓ© on a daytrip πŸ™‚

    To think that I never ever in my life have had pulled pork… I think I need to try and make some myself, with all the praises you give it!

  • Christie {Honoring Health}
    April 26, 2010 at 2:24 am

    That does sound like an awesome day! It has been ages since I have had pulled pork. Or laid in the sun.

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    April 26, 2010 at 2:29 am

    I’ve never had or even seen pulled-pork–don’t know where to even get it. How did I live in California entire life and miss this?! Now have to find some!

    Looks like a FAB-U-LOUS day from start to finish!!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    April 26, 2010 at 3:22 am

    Mmmm mmm I love pulled pork!

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    April 26, 2010 at 3:34 am

    Ah, that all sounds heavenly. Oh, how I miss California. I’ll be living walking distance from Rollin’s Lake (in Colfax, CA) this summer, and can’t wait for adventures such as the ones you embarked on today.

  • Rachel @ Suburban Yogini
    April 26, 2010 at 3:37 am

    Ah to live somewhere more consistently sunny than the UK πŸ˜‰

    Don’t get me wrong life’s good, but really? Clouds again? Sigh…

  • Simon
    April 26, 2010 at 3:47 am

    I’ve never had or even seen pulled-pork–don’t know where to even get it. How did I live in California entire life and miss this?! Now have to find some!

    Looks like a FAB-U-LOUS day from start to finish!!

  • Lisa C.
    April 26, 2010 at 3:56 am

    This post is awesome! The food looks amazing and the pictures are great πŸ™‚

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    April 26, 2010 at 4:18 am

    Looks like a perfect day!! Did y’all swim in that swimming hole? I hope so!! πŸ™‚

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat)
    April 26, 2010 at 4:39 am

    Great way to spend Sunday–sunshine, good food, good friends!

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee)
    April 26, 2010 at 4:48 am

    It sounds like you had a lovely Sunday – just the right amount of adventure, greenery, and good BBQ.

  • Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble)
    April 26, 2010 at 4:51 am

    Sounds like the perfect Sunday!!


  • Lauren @ Eater not a runner
    April 26, 2010 at 4:52 am

    Does look like the perfect day to me, pulled pork is the BEST!

  • eatmovelove
    April 26, 2010 at 4:53 am

    Looks beautiful. BBQ’s rock -’nuff said. Whenever it gets either bit warm around here, I can smell people BBQ’ing in their backyards…I’m certain I’m going to jump the fence one day and crash their party…or at the very least “steal” the burgers and take off for safety…;)

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    April 26, 2010 at 4:58 am

    That place is so beautiful. I love random waterfalls. It looks like you had such a fun, relaxing Sunday. Those are the best. If only it weren’t followed by Monday!

  • theemptynutjar
    April 26, 2010 at 5:02 am

    Would love love to be there. Love.

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    April 26, 2010 at 5:11 am

    It looks absolutely breathtakingly gorgeous there! So pretty!

    And glad you had a blast! πŸ˜€

  • Lesley
    April 26, 2010 at 5:15 am

    Yay for sunshine!! Jenna, since summer is coming up and I know you love to read, would you ever do a post on your all-time favorite books? I think that would be fun! (And bring out the nerd in all of us).

  • Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly
    April 26, 2010 at 5:21 am

    You are the cutest thing ever!!!

  • Kelly (Local Foodie's Fight)
    April 26, 2010 at 5:38 am

    “Because I’m young and reckless, I didn’t drink enough water or wear enough sunscreen.”

    samesies for me yesterday….

  • jen trinque
    April 26, 2010 at 6:12 am

    I’m reading this on a Monday morning in a windowless office, and man oh man does it make me want to be outside in 80 degree weather, living it up!

  • maren
    April 26, 2010 at 6:16 am

    im a southern girl in nyc, and the first day it got in the 80s here was marvelous! haha it looks like you had a great day! love me some good bbq~

  • Midgetkeeper
    April 26, 2010 at 6:16 am

    Pulled pork is pretty amazing.

  • Carolyn @ lovinlosing
    April 26, 2010 at 6:22 am

    Looks like you had an AMAZING day!!!

  • Jessica, Haute Teapot
    April 26, 2010 at 6:24 am

    I feel like I just spent your Sunday with you…thank you for sharing. It definitely looked perfect and actually, I had no idea there was a place like that in California and I’ve spent a lot of time there. Beautiful…

  • Kait
    April 26, 2010 at 6:29 am

    I loved the movie Fern Gully growing up…that is such a gorgeous waterfall scene! Glad you had a great day!

  • Patrick
    April 26, 2010 at 6:29 am

    “Because I’m young and reckless, I didn’t drink enough water or wear enough sunscreen.”

    samesies for me yesterday….

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    April 26, 2010 at 6:54 am

    That sounds like a perfect day for a southern girl in Cali!

  • Lauren @ Running Examiner
    April 26, 2010 at 7:05 am

    Wow, what beautiful scenery! The water looks amazing.

    I don’t “do” the cold either…and I’m originally from Syracuse! I live in Manhattan now, but that’s not alllll that warmer. Let’s just say, I’m desperately looking forward to my imminent move to Sarasota!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    April 26, 2010 at 7:12 am

    TOTALLY forgot about fern gully πŸ™‚ sounds like the perfect sunday afternoon!

  • Anne P
    April 26, 2010 at 7:28 am

    Gahhhh that looks amazing!!! I want to go there next time I come play πŸ™‚

  • Tricia
    April 26, 2010 at 7:46 am


  • Lauren @ louisianagrown
    April 26, 2010 at 7:48 am

    Definitely a perfect Sunday. You’re glowing. πŸ™‚

  • Jenna
    April 26, 2010 at 7:50 am

    Simply beautiful!!

  • runnerforever
    April 26, 2010 at 8:01 am

    These pictures make me want to plan a vacation!

  • Julie
    April 26, 2010 at 8:11 am

    Ok, I’m not saying it doesn’t get cold (I live in the Bay Area) but It doesn’t get *that* cold. Sometimes, like once in every 50 years, there is a light dusting of snow and it ends up in the news because it’s unusual. We’re pretty lucky to live in one of the few mediterranean climates in the world. If the cold bugged you last winter, I’d recommend investing in a warm coat that you can layer sweaters under and things like heated blankets for your apartment. I not trying to be mean, I’m a cold sissy too, but having the right clothes can make our 55 degree winter completely bearable.

  • Lisa
    April 26, 2010 at 8:27 am

    What a nice day! Looks like the perfect spot for a picnic.

  • FoodFitnessFreshair
    April 26, 2010 at 8:28 am

    Beautiful pictures! I am more than ever ready for warm weather and summer!

  • Steph-exercise physiologist and artist
    April 26, 2010 at 8:38 am

    It is SOOOOOO beautiful there!!
    Florida is sun shiny but Cali is so beautiful!! I am sure the winter is hard but just like you said it makes the warm weather that much sweeter.
    Those sites are unbelievable. I hope to make it there someday πŸ™‚

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    April 26, 2010 at 8:39 am

    Perfect Sundays are when you make memories with those you love.

    I’m the opposite of a Florida girl. I can’t stand extreme heat and miss the snow when I lived in Louisiana. But I love to visit it.

  • Amanda Bowen
    April 26, 2010 at 8:49 am

    It sounds like a spectacular day! I haven’t kept up with the posts because yesterday I rode my first century! I think it’s so neat to hear about your training while I was training, too.

    Don’t worry about yours at all! You are in great shape and you will totally finish strong. Make sure to enjoy the scenery and the ride!

    Because I didn’t keep up well with the posts lately, I didn’t get a chance to say I was thinking of you with the anniversary of your loss. I was reading back then, and I cried for you.

    Hang in there! Keep the fab posts commin’!

  • Katy ( The Balanced Foodie)
    April 26, 2010 at 8:55 am

    Sounds like you had a glorious day and wonderful weekend! πŸ™‚ It’s been super hot here! Enjoy the sunshine and the 80’s because I’m already over 90 degrees!

  • lindsey
    April 26, 2010 at 8:56 am

    I just love the way you’re posting these days!! Your writing style is adorable πŸ™‚ I honestly can’t WAIT until your book comes outt!

  • Rebecca @ How the Cookies Crumble
    April 26, 2010 at 9:05 am

    Sounds like a perfect Sunday! I haven’t had BBQ in… I don’t know how long! I did grab some “chicken-less” pulled BBQ from Trader Joe’s the other day, but somehow I just don’t think it’s going to be the same… πŸ™

  • Paige @ Running Around Normal
    April 26, 2010 at 9:37 am

    What a fabulous day. And LOL at butt splinters hehe.

  • diana@mymarblerye
    April 26, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Beautiful post. You look so peaceful…and the best way to end a weekend is of course…pulled pork tastiness.

  • Kim
    April 26, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Oh my gosh, Jenna, you have no idea how much this makes me want to run out of my office, grab a cab, and have it take me to the nearest beach! I love NYC, but the constant go-go-go has me literally CRAVING a weekend like this!

    Glad you had such a great Sunday. πŸ™‚

  • Lacey
    April 26, 2010 at 10:39 am

    I miss Florida too. At least you are in CA and not in England like me were its cold and rains ALL THE TIME!!!

  • Paige
    April 26, 2010 at 10:54 am

    You need to print and frame that panoramic shot you got! So gorgeous. Looks like you had a glorrrrrious spring day. πŸ˜€

  • Corinne
    April 26, 2010 at 11:03 am

    sunday FUNDAY

  • Becky
    April 26, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Glad you had such a great day but- Yikes! I hope you wear more sunscreen (and a hat!) next time. Sun exposure is scary (and creates lifelong damage). Making healthy choices means being smart & wearing sunscreen EVERY day!!