Lunch by the Lake

Things have been pretty boring in my world the past few days. Without running or much school work to do, I’ve just been being a bum for a bit.


I made muffins this morning, using a Trader Joe’s Triple Berry Bran mix. I bought the mix when I was in Ohio over winter break, and decided to try them out.




I made them according to the box directions, but added a bunch of craisins (dried cranberries). Best decision ever.




I crumbled one on top of vanilla Oikos yogurt, added a kiwi, and an apple. It made for a delicious breakfast.




I wanted to get out today and clear my head for a bit, so I headed to Moss Park in Orlando.




I took a walk to the Split Oak which ended up being about a 4.5 mile walk.





After my walk, I headed down to the lake for a picnic lunch.




I had a turkey and cheese with all veggies sub from publix




A few handfuls of pretzels…




…which by the way, are shaped like footballs!




…and a tangerine.




As I ate my lunch, I thought about the Moss Park Triathlon relay that Ryan, Caitlin, and I participated in back in July.


Today at the Lake…



Back in July, at the same lake…




While reminiscing, I failed to realize the cranes sneaking up on me. I heard a noise behind me and slooooowwwly turned around and BAM… this guy was looking right at me.




He brought along a friend. Apparently they wanted my pretzels. I don’t know if birds are supposed to eat pretzels, but they seemed to like them!?




Oh gosh, am I turning into the bird lady!?!




Nah. 😉


It was nice just to get out and enjoy the nice-ish weather- it started to drizzle right as I was leaving. I’m really thankful for peaceful times in life, and today was one of those days.


❤ MegaNerd

34 Responses

  1. I would have had a heart attack if that bird sneaked up on me!

    The muffins that you made looked so good. I love TJ’s – I wish that we had one where we live.

  2. What a fun, relaxing day! I love that you fed the cranes.

  3. Aw, what a lovely and well-deserved day!

  4. hahhaa…i remember being there for meghann’s sprint tri early last year! the sandhill cranes were after us then too…actually caitlin tried to dance with one. but since i’m a bit of a “bird lady”…don’t feel em’ pretzels! they can attack you, and i promise, it’ll hurt (been there, done that!)

  5. I love cranes! I was just reading about them at the museum of natural history today!

  6. Glad you had a nice enjoyable day!
    Muffins look great and so does your Turkey sandwich!!

  7. Looks like a peaceful walk — those are so necessary once in awhile. 😀

  8. Awesome pics with the cranes! I miss Publix subs soooo much. Maybe when I come home in September I will eat one for every meal. 🙂

  9. i love relaxing in nature!!! especially nature walks 🙂 you are so pretty megan!

  10. Oh my gosh they are evil looking birds! I HATE birds 😦
    That walking trail looks really lovely 🙂 Glad you’ve been having a relaxing time, you sure deservd it after the finals and marathon!

  11. I love the pictures of the cranes. They look so beautiful!

  12. What an amazing afternoon. I think everyone needs more days like this in their busy lives. So happy that you got to experience a peaceful time by yourself. I am sure it was so spiritual and invigorating for your mind! 🙂

  13. LOL– I would have DIED if those birds had sneaked up on me like that! Reminds me of that scene from Jurassic Park where the dinosaur sneaks up on Newman (from Seinfeld).

    Nothing like a walk on a trail to clear your mind…looks lovely!

  14. That looks like such a nice, relaxing day 🙂 Wish I could have done the hike with you!

  15. I’m glad that you were able to have a nice lunch outside. It rained all day here and I’m not sure that today is going to be much better.

    Enjoy your “down time” right now! You are always so busy so it must be nice to just have some time for yourself to relax.

  16. Those are great shots of sandhill cranes! Most of the times they don’t come up that close—they must be used to humans. Love that little park…hiking in that area is always great I’m in South Florida.

  17. What a beautiful, peaceful day! Minus the birds 😉

  18. What a great day spent in nature. I’m sure it’s nice to relax after months of marathon training!

  19. The muffins look great! I think cranberries make anything better! Looks like a nice place to walk. I wish the weather was nice enough here to walk on the trails.

  20. Sounds like such a nice day!!!

  21. I love that place! One of my fave places to go for what I call a “chill-out walk” when I lived in Orlando. Those cranes are def not afraid of people!

  22. Oh that looks like a fantastic relaxing day! Even with the birds interrupting:)

  23. What a fabulous day! I love picnic lunches…reminds me of my honeymoon. My husband and I went to Hawaii and everyday we would pack a picnic lunch and find a new beach to explore….it was amazing! 🙂

  24. looks like such a peaceful day

  25. HAHAHAHA, those birds are hilarious. Looks like a great walking loop!

  26. What a great day you’re having! I’m debating a move to Orlando, and your pictures remind me why I need to move there. The trail looks fun!

  27. What a beautiful lake!! I feel peaceful just hearing about your day there:) and I LOVE the football pretzels

  28. what a nice peaceful looking trail! Birds can get vicious with food like that! watch out lol!

  29. you have the loveliest photos.

  30. Sounds like a really pleasant walk and picnic. Sometimes the quietness is such a good and calming thing!

  31. I agree…peaceful times in the fun, with only bird for company, can’t be beat. Sometimes you just need time to yourself. Looks like a great day. 🙂

  32. What a fun lookin day hon!! Those cranes are gorgeous although would scare me a bit if I didnt see them coming. ha! I love your yogurt you topped with kiwis, apples and some muffins. Looks fabulous! I hope you have a wonderful Monday!

  33. Wow, what a pretty trail! I wish our trails were usable in the winter. The snow tends to turn into ice and it can be kind of dangerous. Those are beautiful birds!! We pretty much only get geese, ducks, pigeons and sea gulls here.

  34. Arrrrrgggh that would have had me running for the hills! I am so scared of birds….

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