It’s Week Eight, and this picnic series may never end. Each week is better than the last. It’s either a date with John or family time with all my boys.
It’s quickly become my favorite weekly outing. No matter where the table sits, there’s always good food and good conversation – no emails, iPods, phones, or laptops allowed! Today the place was Fort De Soto Park, and lunch was chicken cordon bleu sandwiches.
A park with grills can really step up your picnic menu. In the same time it takes to assemble a cold ham and cheese sandwich, you can prep a lunch worthy of dinner.
Chicken Cordon Bleu Sandwiches
- Layer a slice of ham and a slice of Asiago cheese on top of a chicken cutlet.
- Roll up the cutlet and secure with a skewer.
- Sprinkle with Montreal Chicken Seasoning.
- Pack up and find a grill.
- Serve cooked roll-ups on sandwich buns.
Lunch was first; next up was exploring. The park is big, its own island where the Gulf of Mexico meets Tampa Bay. Cooper and John headed over to the 1,000-foot Gulf pier to do some fishing, while I took Lukey over to the dog beach to cool off.
When you’re only a foot tall, even the relaxed tide of the gulf can be a little too much. It took about six tries to get Luke past the bubbles of the water’s edge, but his seperation anxiety eventually took priority over his water phobia. By the time he got to me, he was so frenzied that he had transformed into a wind-up doll. Even when plucked from the water, his little legs never stopped paddling. It’s possible that if Luke was a person, he’d be seeing a therapist. Even the other dogs were too much for him. But in his defense, there were a lot of dogs.
For the most part, he was staring at me or rolling in the sand solo, but Luke really could have mingled more. For how many dogs were on the beach, it was incredibly calm and enjoyable. When we went to the dog beach in Venice, it was chaotic. I didn’t feel comfortable even sitting on the beach. The dogs were running back and forth in a pack. Within 10 minutes of settling in, our bag was looted by a Cocker Spaniel. All the dogs were peeing everywhere, but one Golden Retriever was alone in diggng the shoreline into Swiss cheese. I was stung by a jellyfish at the beach once; this was worse. It never occured to me in a million drops of dog drool that I’d ever see another dog beach again, but this was a completely different experience…still, my flip flops stayed on.
Fort De Soto Park
3500 Pinellas Bayway S., Tierra Verde, FL 33715
Park Office (727) 552-1862
Campground Office (727) 893-9185