With a morning to spend in the Ames area I kicked things off with a ride around Ada Hayden Heritage Park. Read more about the park in this previous post.
I looped the asphalt trail a couple of times scouting out a spot for breakfast. The water was free of paddlers and birds, but the trail was busy. Walkers and joggers were getting in their morning exercise. With a pastry and coffee gear in my backpack, exercise wasn't my goal.
Despite the covered picnic areas close to the trail I didn't find a quiet enough spot for my brew up. So, I took to the upland trail. Good choice. The views from the slight increase in elevation give a different perspective to the park. I found a stone bench and set up for breakfast.
The Brew Up
After putting the water on to boil I took in the view and ground the beans*. The spot I picked ended up being perfect with only Chickadees and Goldfinch stopping by. The Dutch Letter from Van Hermert's Dutch Oven Bakery in Ames I had tucked into my backpack went great with my coffee. But then again I've yet to meet an almond paste-filled pastry I didn't like.
*Beans from Mother Earth Coffee Co.