One of the important parts of being Orthodox is spending Sundays well, especially if you've taken Communion. We've failed utterly in this respect. But in a bid to get us to do more than plonk down on the couch and watch TV all afternoon and evening after church (or, even more likely, nap), we've implemented a new policy: Get the heck outta Dodge.
Last weekend we went to the Dallas Arboretum and strolled around for two whole hours. Yesterday we were supposed to go hiking. I was so exhausted that we just couldn't swing it, so we went today. We also meant to go to a place in the south of Dallas (do not confuse this with the very unsafe South Dallas), but we opted for a church picnic and went to the little nature preserve in town.
An interesting nugget about where we went: The Elm Fork Nature Preserve was purchased as a woodright in 1861 by the Bramblitt Family. The land was never clear-cut and in 1986 the 40 acres were given to the city of Carrollton as a self-contained ecosystem, virtually undisturbed.
But enough of that--I know what you really want: