We just celebrated our first wedding anniversary over the New Year’s weekend. Ben did an amazing job of picking a cabin out in the country near Fredericksburg. After picking up the keys, we took about an hour detour the wrong way to find the cabin. When we finally arrived and we just ran around the little cabin, checking everything out and also the scenery. It was so beautiful and peaceful.
When we got tired of running around, we unloaded the car and sat out on the back porch to enjoy the last of the afternoon.
Upon the recommendation of the guest sheet, we at dinner at a local German restaurant. My meal came with cabbage soup, which I thought was AWESOME!
For the main dish I chose the pork chop with red cabbage. It was one of the best pork chops that I have ever eaten and the red cabbage was ok. Pretty much like sauerkraut but red instead of white.
Ben had the sausage plate with German potatoes, and we decided that the Germans really know how to cook potatoes.
After dinner we went back to the cabin with the plan of sitting in the hot tub and enjoying the rest of the evening. I made the mistake of laying down on the bed and promptly fell asleep at 8:30 on New Years Eve. As my sister pointed out, this make two years in a row that I did not stay away until midnight. Ben was disappointed, but I really couldn’t help it, I was exhausted. The fireworks going off at midnight woke us up but we both fell right back asleep.
The next morning I grabbed my book and sat outside reading in the sun while enjoying the awesome quiet. I never realize how loud it really is in the city, but it was so refreshing to sit in quiet nature. When Ben woke up we made our way to town to eat breakfast at Rathskiller, another German restaurant in the basement of the old hospital. The food was great, so great that I didn’t even get a picture of Ben’s duck a la hollandaise sauce before he had eaten it all. I had eggs with ham, breakfast potatoes and a biscuit.
Next stop was Enchanted Rock. Ben had been planning and lobbying for us to go there since we moved to San Antonio, but we had never made the short drive up to the park. I was a little unimpressed when we got to the park, because the rock doesn’t look that big or tough to climb. We decided to take about a 4 mile hike around part of the park and ending up at the top of the rock. There were lots of fun things along the trail and until about halfway through it seemed as we were the only people in the park.
The picture doesn’t show it well, but when we got to the path through the middle of the two large enchanted rocks, it started to be a challenging trail. There wasn’t really a trail, just a lot of big stepping-stones. As we made our way up the middle we decided to cut back and go straight up the side of the rock. I thought it felt like walking on the stairsteping machine at the gym, and I was glad to get to the top. What a great view! I could finally see for miles and miles like we can in the Northern Plains of home.
A black-eyed pea celebration was going on and we planned to stop by after hiking, but I was tired and needed a nap, which I started in the car. We got home in time to relax a little and then jump into the hot tub with our wedding champagne and watch the sun go down. Leftovers were on the dinner menu along with our year old wedding cake, which was a surprise because I had forgotten what kind of cake I had even ordered! Someone had told me to eat it frozen, so that is what we did, but I found out the next morning the buttercream tasted much better fully thawed out.
I enjoyed another great morning reading in the sun on the front deck and sadly we had to pack up and turn our key in by 11am. The Sunset Grill was the only restaurant serving breakfast at this time, and it was a great choice. I had a great breakfast sandwich and Ben enjoyed some blueberry pancakes. We took the rest of the afternoon to walk around the shops in downtown Fredericksburg. Our favorite store was the sample one of everything store, that had jams, jellies, nut butters, hot sauces, pickled things, bbq sauce, and much, much more. We ended up buying a big jar of bbq sauce. The last thing we did was a wine tasting at D’Vine Wine, where we met a couple who had just gotten married the day before (January 1st)! We tried everything on their list and of course, our favorite wine was the Merlot. Ben liked one of the sparkling white wines, but I wasn’t too fond of them.
I don’t know how much we really reflected on our past year of marriage or our wedding, but I know we both thoroughly enjoyed our anniversary weekend. I was already making plans for “when we come back next year” and wondering if we could actually live in a little tiny cabin like we stayed in. God has blessed us beyond belief this year and I cannot wait to see what year two will bring.