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My first cross-country ski outing of the season was this past Sunday. A group of friends were going to Harriet Hollister Spencer Park, so Joel and I decided to join them. I always love the drive to the park. The paved road ends a few miles before the park’s parking lot and the scenery changes at that point as well. It is similar to when you hike and you reach the alpine zone. In this case, you no longer see houses, and the road is lined with pine tress. It was pretty chilly on Sunday morning, so all the trees were frosted. It was so beautiful! It was magical!

Harriet Hollister is a great place to cross-country ski. The trails are difficult enough to help you get a good workout. There are a few iffy downhills with some sharp turns, but if you go slow enough, you can get past them with no problem. Somehow the area always seems to have plenty of snow too. It must be due to the elevation. The park is located on Honeoye Lake’s ridge. There is actually a magnificent view of the lake on the road that takes you deeper into the park. You should definitely check it out if you have never been there. The park is also good for mountain biking in the summer (or winter, if you have studded tires).

Once we were done with skiing, we were ready for some lunch. I have always wanted to check out the Brown Hound Bistro in Naples (at the base of Ontario County Park/Gannett Hill Rd), but each time I thought about going to it, they were always closed. We were lucky this time… they were actually open. I was so excited!! And oh how lucky we were… the food was just delicious!

I ordered over-easy eggs with homefries. The eggs were cooked to my liking and the homefries were perfect. They were crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Also, they were not greasy at all, which is very typical for homefries. I was very pleased. We also ordered a side of bacon, which was really nice. It was also super crispy and not greasy. I had brunch envy, however. Joel ordered the French Hill Toast. The bread (cinnamon bread in this case, which is made in-house) is dipped in a mixture of egg, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and cream and then it is grilled. It was to die for! And it came with real maple syrup (!!!). To make it even more interesting, the dish was named after this particular hill that is close by, which I have climbed a few times on my bicycle. Next time I have to climb it, I will think about this dish… maybe it will inspire me to climb it faster. :) One last thing that I would like to mention is the service. The staff was super friendly and made us very welcomed. This seems to be a rarity these days.

I will definitely go back to the Brown Hound Bistro. We also learned that they are open for dinner. If the brunch was so delicious, the dinner must be just the same. I foresee a trip to Naples in the near future.

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