Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Weekend Adventures: Thanksgiving Festivities

My Thanksgiving weekend was quiet. I went for a Thanksgiving morning run and did a little Black Friday shopping. Friday night, the roommate and I went and checked out a food truck (Toasty Cheese) and brewery in Naperville. It was delicious -- both the food and the beer -- once we found the brewery!  

Solemn Oath Brewery is tucked away in a warehouse area just off Ogden Avenue and you would not know it was there unless you were looking for it. And that's the way they like it! It's a spot for serious beer lovers, but we agreed that if a guy was taking one of us here on a first (or second!) date, we would probably be a little nervous about where our date was taking us. There aren't any signs directing you to the brewery, the streets are deserted, and it feels like you're going down a dark, deserted street to nowhere until --  boom -- you reach a parking lot packed with cars.

Inside, the taproom shares space with the brewery. Fair warning: the chairs are bolted to the floor, so don't try moving them!
I tried the Butterfly Flashmob (not because of the name, I swear!) and HalfQuad. Loved 'em both. Going back to try others -- hopefully soon!
Two flights of Solemn Oath beer (sadly, neither one is mine). I may have to try one of these next time I visit.
We were treated to a spectacular sunset for Saturday night's friendsgiving (aka t(H)anksgiving).
On Sunday it was supposed to be in the 50s, and I decided to go on a hike with Baxter -- probably the last warm-weather one for a few months. I packed up and headed out to Blackwell Forest Preserve while the temps were still in the high 40s. I'm so glad I packed extra layers, because the temps plummeted into the low 30s and a misty fog rolled in while we were out there! It was still a nice hike, and I still plan on doing some more exploring this winter. It will be even prettier when we have some snow on the ground.

It IS as chilly as it looks.

This guy is such a ham. 

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