Sunday, August 7, 2011

A Celebration at Warriors' Path State Park


Warriors' Path State Park is a Tennessee state park.  According to the web site, it "was named for the park's proximity to the ancient war and trading path used by the Cherokee.  The 950-acre area was acquired from the Tennessee Valley Authority in 1952.  It is situated on the shores of TVA's Patrick Henry Reservoir on the Holston River."  The park offers a variety of recreational activities.  (See the web site listed below for more details.)

A couple of weeks ago, some of my family members and I had an enjoyable visit to Warriors' Path State Park.  The main purpose of the visit was to have a picnic in celebration of my mother Jean's 87th birthday (with the family members who couldn't celebrate with Mama and me on her real birthday at The Mustard Seed Cafe.  For details, please see the July 9 blog post.)  We all enjoyed a delicious meal of fried chicken, potato salad, slaw, broccoli casserole, and biscuits. We topped it all off with a traditional birthday cake and ice cream which the people at the marina so graciously kept for us in the freezer until it was time for us to use.)  Afterwards, Mama opened her gifts and cards and seemed to delight in each one.

As if this weren't enough, we also had two other reasons to celebrate-my "birthday" (although my real birthday is in February) and Father's Day.

In the way of explanation, I'd often wondered how it would be to celebrate my birthday in the warmer months, when there was no threat of snow that might cancel or postpone my much- anticipated, special celebration.  How great it would be-outside, enjoying the fresh air and sunshine, while having refreshments and opening gifts.

We also celebrated Father's Day in honor of my brother Nick who was the only father present (and it wasn't even Father's Day!)

To explain further, we originally were going to celebrate my "birthday" and Father's Day on Father's Day, but it poured rain that whole day, so we had to postpone that celebration until a month later when it was about time to celebrate Mama's birthday!

                                                            Celebration Participants

The guys, post-picnic, trying to decide their next move-biking, boating, fishing, or maybe just relaxing under a nice, big shade tree for the rest of the day.  Decisions, decisions!

(In perspective, as I looked back at the day, the I guess the grass isn't always greener somewhere else.  It's ironic that the rain postponed my "birthday" in the summer like snow can do in the winter!  In any case, we finally got all our celebrating done in one day.  While summer is a great time of year, and I had great fun as I finally got to experience a summer birthday, I decided that next year I'd be true to myself and go back to the hearts and flowers (and, yes, even the possibility of snow) of my near-Valentine's Day birthday.  At the same time, I also decided that it's really OK to do things a little differently like celebrating special occasions whenever we want to, instead of when we're supposed to!)

After most everyone else in our party had left, Greg and I enjoyed walking around the park people-, animal-, and bird-watching, and taking pictures.

On our stroll were two nice ladies, walking their family dogs.  One of these dogs was the adorable little Keylee who seemed to be thoroughly enjoying her day at the park!

To sum up our Warriors' Path State Park experience, I'd have to say, a good time was had by all!

                                                              Your table is waiting!

Warriors' Path State Park
P.O. Box 5026
Hemlock Road
Kingsport, TN 37663

Positive thought: Make every day a special occasion!

Thanks for visiting!  Until next time (Sunday, August 14), Becky

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