Nearly every morning, sometimes even before breakfast, Grammi can be seen making lunch. She relies on a handful of goto options like hummus wraps, pasta salad, or peanut butter and banana sandwiches and methodically places everything neatly into a handy insulated picnic backpack. No matter what adventure we have planned for that day, she makes sure we won’t go hungry.
She does this for a number of reasons, the obvious is it saves money. Eating out all the time would certainly blow through our budget. But not only do we avoid restaurants to save money, we also avoid restaurants because of how we eat. We follow a whole-food-plant-based diet and it can sometimes be a challenge to find suitable WFPB options on a menu. So for us, it is just easier to pack our own food.
We enjoy simple pleasures like having a picnic. We get a feeling of freedom picnicking whenever and wherever we want. Dropping the tailgate at an overlook along a scenic highway or spreading a blanket across a rock near the base of a waterfall are our dining tables. There seems to be no shortage of beautiful settings for a picnic.
One day a couple of years ago while picnicking at a lovely little park near a stream in southern Ohio, Grammi took a picture and posted it to her Facebook social media with the heading “Today’s Lunch Spot”. The many comments from her friends were encouraging, prompting her to continue posting more Today’s Lunch Spot photos.
It wasn’t until we visited Grammi’s hometown for a family reunion that I learned just how much people liked her Lunch Spot photos. I had several conversations that went something like this:
“How you doing?”
“I’m doing fine. Thanks for asking.”
“I enjoy following along with your travels. You guys are going to some amazing places.
“Oh, so you’ve been reading the blog?”
“Blog? No…I’m talking about the lunch spot posts. I look forward to seeing them.”
Similar conversation occurred with our friends and neighbors when we arrived home.
Recently, I surprised Grammi with a collection of her Today’s Lunch Spot posts in a photo book. I ordered it online from Google Photos. Now we have a printed copy to thumb through. It sits on the end table in the family room for anyone who visits to see. Going forward, I’m going to add her Today’s Lunch Spot photos to the blog. Her contribution to this blog is normally behind the scene. By putting her Today’s Lunch Spot posts on the blog it will become more apparent we are a team. I’ve included some of her past posts below.
So until next time…happy days and safe travels.