We called my parents early this morning and made plans to meet at our favorite restaurant, Sprague’s. We really enjoy the consistantly delicious meals served, as well as little surprises with the changing seasons. This is the restaurant that belongs to a family that produces great quantities of maple syrup every spring for the restaurant, as well as for sale elsewhere.
We were off mid-morning and on our way!
One of the pretty places that we pass by is Loon Lake. This is a tiny lake that is set at the bottom of a hill, with farms and farmland surrounding it. It truly is a scenic little “sweet spot”!
Our journey was about one and a half hours from home, but there is always lots to see and the time passes by so quickly. We arrived at 12:06, six minutes late!
My parents were at a table waiting for us and, as always, the restaurant was very busy, and yet, cozy. It is hard to imagine so many people all gathered into one gigantic room and yet it remains an intimate atmosphere!
I really liked the snowflakes strung from the antler lamps!
Standing next to the large round table where we sat was this Santa…he was so close to Mark, I think he was spying on him to see if he has been naughty or nice….
Another Santa was located near the entry door…He was so realistic, aside from his diminuative stature, it was almost scary!
We have also discovered from our visits to Sprague’s that bears are not only attracted to honey, but they also enjoy maple syrup!
We chatted with my family while enjoying the enormous portions of delectable food! The company was fun, the food, amazing, but there was *something* awaiting us outside that we just don’t see every day!
Yes, Sprague’s is harboring two reindeer! I have no idea where these guys came from, but it was so cool to see them! They are in a small enclosure in the parking lot. They were so beautiful, but one of them was looking quite sullen. Perhaps he or she doesn’t like all the attention!
We said our good-bye’s and then were off once again. We stopped at a small local grocery store for a few minutes, and we couldn’t believe who drove past in a minivan! You might have to expand this photo (click on it twice) to see who was waving “hello” to us. Of course, between two layers of windshields, this photo is a bit dstorted and hard to see…..
We were home again as the sun was beginning to head on over the hills. The weather today was not as warm as predicted, but it was certainly above freezing and the little bit of rain we encountered was of no consequence.
Ah, another fun and relaxing day! I really do love the Christmas season!