topgolf

About a month ago, I went to Topgolf for a team building event with my coworkers. I had expected it to be fun, but it was waaayyyy more fun than I could have ever imagined. And this is coming from someone who has only played golf once in her whole life and didn’t enjoy it at all. I came home and immediately told Josh we needed to go together sometime. This past Friday I took off work to spend the day celebrating Josh’s birthday and I was so pleased when he chose Topgolf for one of our fun activities! For those of you that haven’t been, there are over 100 climate-controlled hitting bays spread between three different levels. Each bay has their own little putting green, set of clubs for men and women, and a screen that tracks each player’s score/number of balls hit. There are several targets spread across the field that you try to hit your ball into. Depending on what game you play, you might have to hit it into a specified target or into specific portions of a target. We chose to play the signature “Topgolf” game where you just hit your ball into any target you can, but the farther the target you can hit or the closer to the center of the target the more points you get. We loved it so much, we played for two straight hours. Sometimes, I would get in a groove and be able to hit multiple balls in a row into “far” targets and sometimes I would miss a few swings then barely get it a few feet away. For someone who is not a golfer, I was super happy with how I played. I have to say, I kicked Josh’s butt on the first couple of games, but he came back strong at the end and beat me in the last couple. We can’t wait to go back!!   

 

IMG_1541

Surprisingly, the food at Topgolf is scrumptious (I say surprisingly because most “sporting” venues seem to mostly serve microwaved hot dogs and plastic cheese). We had the jumbo pretzel board. It was a huge amount of food and I fully expected us to take half of it home, but we demolished almost the whole thing! The jumbo pretzel board (to me) is like the ultimate appetizer. The warm pretzel was larger than my head. No kidding. The pretzel holes were filled with jalapeño sausage, genoa salami, prosciutto, pepper jack and cheddar cheese, blackberries, apples, red grapes, and candied pecans with sides of PBR cheese sauce and horseradish Dijon mustard. The pretzel had a great crunch on the outside, but was soft on the inside. The fruit was that perfect bite of fresh to cut through all the amazing fat of the meats and cheese. It was just delicious and I would happily order it again and again.    

IMG_1531IMG_1534

We went before lunch on a weekday and were able to get a hitting bay right away, but would definitely make a reservation for any evening, especially on the weekends. If you’re ever in need of a fun date idea or just a great time with friends and family, I highly recommend Topgolf!

IMG_1540

all good things are wild & free

Sunday morning, Josh and I both woke up extra early for no reason. We ate some leftover pizza for breakfast (even more delicious the next morning, if possible) and watched a few of Sunday’s CF regionals events.

File_000 (5)

With the whole day ahead of us and nothing planned, we decided to head over to McCormick’s Creek State Park. I’ve never been (that I remember…my mom said they used to take us when we were kids) and neither had Josh. We packed up a cooler of water, ham, cucumbers, tomatoes, and peppers and headed over. If you have never been to McCormick’s Creek, I highly recommend you make a trip over. It took us about an hour and twenty minutes to get to- it’s just past Bloomington, in between Ellettsville and Spencer. Definitely worth the drive. The park was very clean and well kept. We parked next to Canyon Inn and made our way onto Trail 3. The trail takes you along McCormick’s Creek, it’s canyon, and ends at the Falls. One of the first things we saw on our hike was a black rat snake! It was right on the side of the trail just slithering away.

File_001 (4)

We passed only a few people on the hike. It was so peaceful and quiet. You could hear birds chirping and the sound of the breeze rustling through the leaves. There really are no words to describe the beauty God surrounds us with. The trail was neat because once you get to the canyon, you walk along the riverbed over rocks and through the creek water until you get to the Falls.

We enjoyed the Falls for a bit, then grabbed our cooler and went to eat lunch at the Old Concession Shelter. It was nice to enjoy time together alone, just the sound of the birds and the breeze and no distractions. After lunch, we drove up to the Wolf Cave Parking Area and started our hike on Trail 5. This trail begins in Wolf Cave Nature Preserve, leading you through the forest to Wolf Cave and Twin Bridges. Within the first few minutes on the hike, we walked right up on a box turtle! I’ve been on so many hikes before, but this trip was the best because we saw a snake and a turtle. I loved it!

There were signs around Wolf Cave stating you were welcome to crawl through, but to avoid climbing on the sides or on top of the cave. We ventured into the opening, but realized we weren’t prepared to make our way through the cave. We continued along the trail around to the back side of the cave where we came upon Twin Bridges. Twin Bridges are a pair of stone arches, all that remains from a cave that has collapsed from erosion.

After all the hiking, we were beginning to get hungry again. We decided to head over to Bloomington and stop to eat at The Trojan Horse. We debated on whether to order an appetizer, but came up with a great plan to get ice cream for dessert instead! We both ordered the gyro and it was very yummy. I love me some pita bread and Tzatziki sauce.

File_001 (2)

We headed over to Bruster’s for ice cream after lunch. I ordered Wedding Cake (an almond cake batter ice cream with a black raspberry swirl) in a waffle cone and Josh got Chocolate Raspberry Truffle (a chocolate ice cream with raspberry crinkle and chocolate flakes) in a waffle cone. It was a lovely way to end our trip.

File_002 (1)

Rocko and I headed to my parents for a few hours to enjoy the pool when we got back, while Josh stayed home to relax. The pool water was perfect for cooling off from the hike. It was nice to chat with my parents, while Derrick was splashing around and pestering my mom, jumping up on her tube and yelling “Hiiiiiii, Mom!” He’s a trip for sure. He definitely keeps us all entertained.      

To cap off our ultimate Sunday, Josh and I ate the rest of our pizza for supper (seriously, it’s soooo dang good) while finishing up the final Regionals events. And I might have talked him into making another chocolate chip skillet cookie while I ran to the store for some ice cream. Cheers to an amazing weekend!!!