… that led me to Council Point Park for the first time one year ago today. Now, I’d heard about the Park before that day, since the local newspaper often featured various events that took place there. In fact, in 2008, my 35th high school reunion was held at the Park’s pavilion, though it was hardly memorable, or worth any press, since it was just a “bring-your-own-hot-dogs-and-hamburgers-to-cook-on-the-Park-BBQ-and-help-eat-the-sheet-cake-with-your-former-classmates” kind of deal. Only about a dozen LPHS Class of ’73 grads, out of 613, showed up. A friend of mine was on the reunion committee and urged me to go, but I did not attend, despite the Park being a mere 3/4s of a mile away. One year ago on this date, my boss was in Australia on a catamaran sailing around the Great Barrier Reef and it was a picture-perfect day here in Lincoln Park as well. I had extra time on my hands and a beautiful day to walk. WWJ had been touting the week-long festivities commemorating the 250th anniversary of Chief Pontiac’s council which convened on April 27, 1763 as a “must-see” event, so off I went. A large stone with an engraved plaque recognizing that monumental event sits at the entrance to the Park and is pictured above. However, besides that stone, a handful of large trailers, and one teepee, there was nothing happening. But the Park … now that caught my attention, and I ambled around the perimeter path, just taking in all the sights and sounds in the natural setting of this 27-acre park which runs parallel to the Ecorse Creek. Well, I was so enchanted by this little gem, tucked away in the middle of a busy city, that I vowed to return again. It soon became my daily go-to place and never fails to disappoint. Though the weather was cool and a little blustery this morning, I was enjoying the ambiance of the Park and I hated to head home after I completed my first lap, so I decided to extend my excursion. Five miles walked for me today … please don’t be looking for me to stay up too late tonight – I’ll be nodding off in my kitchen chair shortly after I post this.