Still another lemonade-in-the-shade day.


This morning, after stepping out into the murky and sauna-like atmosphere, just for kicks I decided to visit the site of Lincoln Park Days at Youth Center Park. It was already warm and the humidity was off the charts, as the fog had finally burned off.  I knew I had arrived before the event would begin, but, for a change of pace in my daily walking routine, I decided to stop by and roam around the grounds and view the vendors’ stalls and various carnival rides.  This is Day #3 of the annual event.

I am sure the most-visited stand will be the vendor who is hawking tall, thirst-quenching cups of freshly squeezed lemonade interspersed with pulpy citrus bits and a slice of lemon rind plopped in for good measure.  In the past,  I know I’ve written about the elephant ears and cotton candy, standard fare at any carnival or fair, but it is no longer just all about those sweet and sticky treats; now, you can make an entire meal out of the goodies the various vendors are touting and the menu sure was making me hungry.  Good thing they had not fired up the grills yet!  If you don’t slake your thirst with a tart lemonade, it looked like the beer tent was another option.

There were still a few muddy puddles left over from yesterday’s torrential rain and Youth Center Park was lush and green, but the grass was soaking wet.  I quickly cut through the park, occasionally dipping below a shady tree to cool off, then headed back up to Emmons Boulevard to walk along part of my regular route.  I was home and in the cool house before the first screams were heard from the carnival ride patrons.

Nothing says Summertime like the thrill of carnival rides and sipping a tall and tart lemonade. Even though Summer is not on its last gasp yet, the fair in the park usually signals the end of Summer fun and is a reality check that Fall and/or school activities will soon fill our calendars.

Only a few more miles to go and I’ll reach 500 miles walked thus far in 2016 … if the weather permits, I may just reach that mile marker before Labor Day week, the intended goal date.  In that vein, I leave you with this quote I saw earlier today on a photo site … I think it was tailor-made for me.

“Not I, nor anyone else can travel that road for you. You must travel it by yourself. It is not far. It is within reach. Perhaps you have been on it since you were born, and did not know.  Perhaps it is everywhere – on water and land.”  ― Walt Whitman

About Linda Schaub

This is my first blog and I enjoy writing each and every post immensely. I started a walking regimen in 2011 and decided to create a blog as a means of memorializing the people, places and things I see on my daily walks. I have always enjoyed people watching, and so my blog is peppered with folks I meet, or reflections of characters I have known through the years. Often something piques my interest, or evokes a pleasant memory from my memory bank, so this becomes a “slice o’ life” blog post that day. I respect and appreciate nature and my interaction with Mother Nature’s gifts is also a common theme. Sometimes the most-ordinary items become fodder for points to ponder over and touch upon. My career has been in the legal field and I have been a legal secretary for four decades, primarily working in downtown Detroit, and now working from my home. I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in print journalism in 1978, though I’ve never worked in that field. I like to think this blog is the writer in me finally emerging!! Walking and writing have met and shaken hands and the creative juices are flowing once again in Walkin’, Writin’, Wit & Whimsy – hope you think so too. - Linda Schaub
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6 Responses to Still another lemonade-in-the-shade day.

  1. Ann Marie stevens says:

    Miss Linda……………………….thanks for the nice pics of the carnival rides…………………..and I’m going to copy down for myself Mr. Walt Whitman’s quote


    • lindasschaub says:

      It’s been many years since I’ve ridden a carnival ride Ann Marie. I liked that quote as well. I subscribe to a few free photo sites (Pixabay and Unsplash) and one of them featured that quote … I thought it was perfect for me … for you, my fellow walker, as well. Glad you liked it.


  2. Majorie Aubin says:

    Oh it was a muggy one today. I don’t like muggies but I don’t like cold. The sun was beautiful until the short ran. It was beautiful after.


  3. lindasschaub says:

    Marge – I heard today it is the hottest August on record in Michigan … maybe the hottest Summer on record as well. The rain came and went and didn’t cool it down, but we were blessed to not get severe weather like Monroe. Very scary all these tornadoes – the tornado (maybe two) in Windsor last week originated down in Wyandotte by the river … now, that’s too close for comfort and the Monroe tornadic activity makes me gulp as well. I hate Winter, but I am ready for the hot and volatile weather to exit.


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