Walking needs to be efficient these days. There’s no time for lollygagging or enjoying a leisurely Sunday stroll because, if it hasn’t rained recently, just wait a few minutes as showers or storms are sure to be on the horizon.
Like yesterday – we had rain five separate times. The sun came out and dried things up, then, just when I was thinking “hmmm, maybe I’ll meander out” … it started to rain again, one time even while the sun was shining.
Today I didn’t think I’d fare much better as to walking. You know it isn’t good when you listen to the 5:00 a.m. news and the weatherman prefaces his forecast by saying “well, you might need an umbrella and keep an eye to the sky for a pop-up shower or storm.”
So, with that mindset I ventured out. Due to yesterday’s frequent rain and this morning’s 70-degree temperature and 86% humidity, I ticked off where I did NOT want to go. Heritage Park is kind of woodsy, so that’s a no-no right now, as would be Lake Erie Metropark with its meadows and marshland. Both venues would likely be laden with mosquitoes. Trekking to Trenton to Elizabeth Park was a no-go as that city is having its annual Summer Festival and many of the streets were going to be blocked off.
So, I settled for my old standby, Council Point Park, and took the car for a spin as well. Once at the Park I chatted it up with a few walkers, while we lamented over the rain ruining Saturday morning’s walk, and, our upcoming heat wave which will rival last week’s temps in the 90s. Ugh!
Another topic we hashed over was the absence of our feathered and furry pals. I’ve not seen any geese this week and I saw one squirrel today and that was it. Usually, the perimeter path is full of furry friends coming to hunt me down for peanuts. Mike, who also feeds the squirrels on an everyday basis, agreed with me – they simply have not been around. I’ve been stewing and fretting over the absence of Parker, my longtime faithful furry friend at the Park, and the subject of many a photo and blog post. Parker has been missing for weeks, and last Saturday when I walked mid-morning, (later than usual for me), I had a conversation with a fellow walker who was carrying a bag of peanuts. I asked him if he usually walked in the 10:00 o’clock hour, and, if so, if he’d seen any squirrels. His answer took me aback. He said that he, like me, always carried the bag of peanuts so the squirrels could see them, but, he feared that predator birds have been swooping down and attacking the Park squirrels and bunnies, so likely our furry friends are hiding to avoid being preyed upon. I felt sad after he told me that. I did a recent blog post about a pair of squirrels lounging in a tree, but, they were not the usual Park squirrels – they were not friendly and would not come down to ground level.
I walked four miles and the sky was still overcast but rain didn’t look imminent, so I decided to drive to Lions Park, which would be the first time I visited there this year. It is just a stone’s throw away from Council Point Park, on River Drive.
Lions Park could be called Council Point Park’s little brother (or sister). It is similarly situated along the banks of the Ecorse Creek, also lined with trees and bushes, but is smaller and more open.
The motto of Lions Park is: “That All Can Play” …
… this is because it is a special needs park.
It is one of our City’s newer parks, and geared for handicapped children. A braille walk and sensory garden has been planted with a wooden railing so that kids with special needs may walk along the circular garden area and smell and touch the hundreds of plants. There are twenty varieties of plants in the circular garden.
The flowers were blooming profusely, no doubt due to all the rain.
Bees were buzzing and Cabbage Whites flitting delicately nearby, as I walked the length of the sensory garden.
Yesterday’s rain left parts of Lions Park saturated and under the swings were mud puddles.
Lions Park has a one-half-mile paved loop trail so I walked this Park twice, adding another mile to my total – five miles walked today.
P.S. – It still has not rained.