3rd of July

July 4, 2011

Every year my aunt and uncle throw a huge 4th of July barbecue. They live out in the middle of a working hop farm on a dirt road; the perfect setting for such an event. the party seems to grow bigger and bigger every year, much to the *delight* of my aunt, I’m sure.
This year there were an estimated 150 guests! (Not to mention all of the dogs, to the further delight of my aunt.)

The big draws:

  • The food: you’ve got your salads, your desserts, hamburgers, hotdogs, ribs, cookies, cupcakes, carne asada, chicken, tortillas, homemade salsas, this delicious cactus salad stuff, rice, beans, grilled corn on the cob, and, my favorite, grilled cactus!
  • The fireworks: they have a firework permit, which allows them to put on quite the show without the fear of the law man.
  • The bonfire: no one, and I mean no one, builds a fire quite like my Uncle Mark. He gets it started with this weed-burner contraption (think flame thrower) and then he piles the wood on by the wheelbarrow-full. Once it’s got 4 feet flames going, he tries to talk everyone into roasting marshmallows. I don’t think he really understands what marshmallows are supposed to taste like; his must taste like charcoal.

We had so much fun! Tonight we head to barbecue #2.

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