So you might be wondering, what does going on a hike and drinking margaritas have in common-- Well didn't you know cold margaritas (and nachos) are an excellent way to refuel and relax after a long hike.
Over the long holiday weekend we headed down to Tannehill State Park to do a little hiking, but first let's talk about those margaritas. Fruit flavored margaritas that taste as good as those you get at a good Mexican restaurant are really hard to recreate at home, especially if you're not using a mix, but these are actually better than any I have had at any Mexican restaurant. I've also made them with frozen mango and they turned out great, so I imagine you could use any kind of fruit you like.
Frozen Peach Margaritas
1 lb bag frozen peaches
3/4 cup silver tequila
1/4 cup orange liqueur
juice of 3 limes, about 1/4 cup of juice
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup ice cubes
In a blender combine all the ingredients, blend until smooth. (Depending on how tough your blender is you might have to stop the blender and stir.) Divide among four glasses and serve immediately. Garnish with a lime wheel, if you want to be fancy.
A couple months back me and Michael took up hiking as a hobby, really just to get a little extra exercise, just hitting some local trails and exploring what's around us. Now I know Alabama is not one of those states that attract massive numbers of hikers, but there is still a lot of good trails and beautiful things to see. I've bought a few books on local trails, which seem almost useless and there isn't much good information online--So I'm going to start sharing my experiences, maybe some of you locals might want to explore some of these places or maybe you will be inspired to find places to hike close to where you live.
So Michael picked Tannehill as our hike location for this weekend. First we stopped at the museum, two bucks to get in, interesting if you're into that sort of thing, and the lady there gave us a trail map.
That is one unfortunate looking mannequin!
Every Memorial Day weekend there is a big Civil War reenactment--
These folks were nice enough to let me take their picture.
I think every kid tries to cross the creek here,
Years back me and my cousins never made it across--
A snake swam out from under one of the rocks
and we ran back to the bank.
Damn, I'm fat! Not enough hiking or too many
post-hike margaritas and nachos?
The trail is well marked, I think about 4 miles of easy trail, but I didn't bring my Garmin. It's wide flat trail-- a few hills, but easy.
As for critters, we saw one snake, one deer, two soldiers on horseback, and a dog.
As for historic sites, there is a old slave cemetery.
And plenty of pretty sights.