I think this was the most perfect weekend of the year. The weather couldn't have been more beautiful. Yeah for spring!
We started out the weekend by attending a smoking class held at Backyard Bash and taught by Chris Marks, an eight-time grand champion winner of the American Royal BBQ contest. This was a birthday present for Brian and it was a blast. We learned a lot of new smoking techniques that we are excited to try out.
After class, it was still pretty early in the day, so we went and bought 20 bags of mulch to replenish our landscaping. I was willing to buy bulk mulch, but it was the same price as buying the bags but further away, so we decided on the bags.
While I was working on the mulch, Brian was finishing up the trailer rebuild. He built sturdier sides and new latches for the back. He also set up a tarp lean-to, to keep the rain from slowly destroying the trailer.
We finished out Saturday night watching Ryan Newman, #39, of Stewart (Tony)- Haas Racing, win at Phoenix. Go #39!
Bright and early Sunday morning we drove to middle-of-nowhere Freeman, Missouri to pick up A LOT of free wood from Brian's co-worker. I think this wood will last us several years of camping trips. I'm glad I'm not the one who is going to be splitting all of it!
After unloading the wood, we went to Cripple Creek Rock Company to pick up a few stepping stones for our front landscaping. This place was amazing! They have competitive prices and a huge selection; we'll definitely be going back.
While I was setting the rocks in the landscaping Brian was cleaning up the grill and salvaging any parts to clean and put back in it. We will be replacing pieces that have rusted and disintegrated due to lots of wear and tear over the last 7 years.
We would love to have a new grill, and definitely will someday, but the $700 price tag for the Weber that we want is not in the budget right now. The $80 for replacement parts will get us by for the next couple of years at least, and our grill really is nice and has done a great job over the years.
Somewhere in this busy weekend we also found time to watch Inglourious Basterds and The Strangers. Inglourious Basterds was good, but Oscar worthy? I don't know. Christoph Waltz and Brad Pitt were great. The Strangers was intense, but like all horror movies, became unrealistic towards the end.
In just a couple of days we will be leaving for the first camping trip of the year- Texas Motor Speedway for a NASCAR race. We'll be going with a group of people, so I think it is going to be fun to see what kind of trouble we can get into in Texas.
Stay tuned for a recap of our trip to Texas.