On your mark, …

GET SET,

… GO!!!

Last Saturday I spent a delightful morning at Heritage Park. Those of you that have been following my blog for a while, know there is always something to see and write about when I go to this scenic and historical venue.

The ambiance makes Heritage Park a perfect place to have a peaceful meander year ‘round, but Spring is one of my favorite times, as the many flowering trees lend their pastel tones to an otherwise still-muted landscape. I was also hoping to glimpse some ducklings, as Coan Lake is always teeming with Mallards. I’m still hoping to fulfill my “Birdie Bucket List for 2020” by getting some duckling shots.

Well, it was not the day for ducklings … unbelievably, there were only two Mallards strutting around the grounds and none paddling in Coan Lake. I suspect, that out in the bushes, female Mallards were sitting on their nests and the males, a/k/a Drakes, were hovering nearby … you know them as nervous expectant fathers. 🙂

Annual Happy Soles 5K Run/Walk (with a twist).

I had not only chosen this venue for the above reasons, but I was there to participate in a virtual 5K walk for the local food pantry known as Fish & Loaves. This is their mission:

I have done two 5Ks in the past for this charity and the posts can be found here and here.

Last year I participated in four different 5Ks, raising money for charity while ambling along to enjoy the event and take pictures for a blog post. Two 5Ks raised money for local education, one for shelter pets and then there was Fish & Loaves.

So, when I received an e-mail to sign up for the Happy Soles Virtual 5K, I decided to give it a whirl – it’s the only organized walk I will do this year and this organization is in need of donations due to so much unemployment in our area.

The rules were to participate in a 5K walk or run, anywhere you wanted, any date/time between May 4th and June 30th, then, upon completion, you posted your results at the race website. A tee-shirt and finishing medal will be awarded the first week in July. Because I don’t have a smartphone, I could not officially sync/certify my race results, just post them. That’s okay, I never strive to get great race results anyway.

So let’s get started on this Virtual 5K for Fish & Loaves Food Pantry.

It was Saturday, May 9th – unbelievably, the weather was more like March. It was blustery and just 31F/-0C when I pulled into the parking lot at Heritage Park. It seemed hard to believe the weekend before people were walking around in shorts and tank tops and the cold weather on “race day” persisted long into the week we just ended, with traces of snow and record-setting cold weather.

As usual, I was masked up and the cold air was causing that all-too-familiar issue of fogging up my eyeglasses. I adjusted the mask so I could see where I was going and didn’t bump into anyone – not likely, as it seemed I was the only person there.

My favorite part of Heritage Park is the historical village. I like the old-time atmosphere there, the peace and tranquility of Coan Lake and its covered bridge, along with the aqua-colored hues of the water-powered Mill and the dribs and drabs of red from the caboose and box car, and of course, the Little Red Schoolhouse.

Coan Lake never disappoints (well usually).

I went straight to Coan Lake by the covered bridge looking for ducklings but was surprised to see no waterfowl at all – not a single seagull swooped preciously close to my head. That had to be a first for me, so I figured I would just meander around and return to Coan Lake later.

First up – The Little Red Schoolhouse.

On every trip to Heritage Park I always get a shot or two of the Taylor Heritage School, that cute, one-room schoolhouse near Coan Lake.

I must confess that on this day, however, my initial reason for stopping at the vintage-looking schoolhouse was because I decided to get a photo of my reflection in the door. I was wearing a wool hat pulled down to my eyebrows and all that was visible were my darkened eyeglasses and the big face mask. Surely this virtual race and my masked-up face would reflect the sign of the times. In fact, the signage at the Little Red Schoolhouse just solidified my thoughts.

The flash fizzled a bit, so I decided to abandon that idea and peek in the windows on the other side of the schoolhouse as there was very little sun glare.

Wait a minute! Aren’t all the Michigan kids being home schooled?!

I thought it would be fun to get pictures of these two students gazing wistfully out the side windows of the schoolhouse.

One day I’m going to attend the annual historical buildings open house and get some photos of the inside, instead of always peering in from the outside.

Next up was the log house where I peered in those windows as well.

Next on the walking agenda was the Water Mill Building. I love the subdued color and the big waterwheel and usually take a photo of this building every time I walk at Heritage Park.

I spotted the first Canada Geese of the day strutting their stuff by the gate. In this picture which I took from across Coan Lake, I didn’t notice at that time the parents were minding their offspring. I thought they were simply milling around the Mill.

I quickly walked over to see if I could get a better shot of them, but they decided to move to the water’s edge. I got this picture which included a Tree Swallow who nearly photobombed that shot.

The two geese plopped into the water shortly after I arrived and quickly set out, their goslings obediently trailing behind Mom. Usually the goslings number around five or six, so I was a little sad to see only two goslings for this family. This was the only family of geese I saw at Heritage Park. I took several pictures of the family over the next half-hour and I’ll include them in a separate post.

Swallows were swooping, dive-bombing and photo bombing nearly every shot I took, but when I tried to take a picture of them on their own, they flew away. They move very quickly, so I was lucky to get one swallow resting quietly on a boulder near the covered bridge.

Next, I decided to stroll over to the Petting Farm and Botanical Gardens.

Heritage Park Petting Farm.

I don’t know if they were open for business or not due to the pandemic. I got as close to the white wooden fence as I could, craning my neck for a sign of life in the barnyard. A few non-screaming goats congregated in one area of the pen, while a sheep was baaing loudly – was he protesting something … a late breakfast, looking for his kinfolk? I don’t know, but that critter kept it up the entire time I walked the outskirts of the farm.

Taylor Conservatory & Botanical Gardens.

Just a few more months (and a little more warmth), and the Taylor Conservatory & Botanical Gardens will be bursting at the seams with colorful blooms, butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. I’ve been to the Botanical Gardens plenty of times in the Summer in search of hummers, but sadly they elude me, even on the hottest and most tropical-feeling days. I aim to take pictures of those lovely creatures, so I’ll be beating a path there once more flowers are out.

I wandered around the area, taking a few pictures of the now rather bare-bones landscape. A few perennials were up and blooming and hardy annuals as well, all adding a touch of color.

But fear not … a little TLC by the many volunteers and Mother Nature’s sunshine will be the ingredients for beauty to surround us in a month or so. The Botanical Gardens features music in the park all Summer; but likely these events will be cancelled, like all our other favorite Summer pastimes as the pandemic rages on.

I chatted with a volunteer who was bent over weeding a garden by this bench.

She told me the gusts of wind were not so great for “potting day” at the Park.

The Community and Good Will Gardens were barren, awaiting the planting of veggie and flower seeds, or plants by the hardworking folks who tend the gardens and reap the benefits by late Summer.

I’ve written a few posts about the gardens in the past and you met Mike who reserves two plots every year – one for his veggies and one for his wife’s flowers. I know all these folks are eager to get their fingers into the soil, but right now it is closed due to the pandemic.

I stopped to take a handful of photos before departing the historical area of Heritage Park. I like this old piece of farm equipment behind the Taylor Historical Museum.

I met the fellow who feeds corn to the ducks every morning and we chatted it up a little. I’ve written about him in the past. I mentioned I was doing my virtual 5K because last year he was a volunteer near the last leg of the race. I asked “where are all the ducks?” He said he’d not seen any either and was going to the feed store for more corn. “Well perhaps that will bring them back” I told him.

The very last stop in the historical area was the train station where the weathered boxcar and Fitz’s Caboose share the railroad tracks. The boxcar is in the foreground with the Greenwald Herkimer House in the background, enhanced by the Red Jade Crabtree, one of many flowering trees I saw on my trek. This historic house sells confectionaries and candles.

There was a man walking three beagles (or rather, they were walking him). They went past the caboose, which is next to the replica of the historic George Hand Train Station.

The beagles soon were baying, which piqued the interest of these two large dogs and they immediately stood at attention. Look how warm their owner/handler was dressed on the 9th of May!

Soon I heard them baying a second time, no doubt at this Fox squirrel that I treated to peanuts just a few minutes before – hope he got a chance to enjoy them before scrambling up the nearest tree.

Now it was time for my trek on the walking track.

I glanced at my trusty pedometer just before setting out on the asphalt perimeter path that encircles the non-historical part of the park. I knew from prior races it is 1.2 miles long and about 3,000 steps. I planned to do this walk on the track in conjunction with my steps already taken, in and around the other spots in the Park. It is not as scenic as when the 5K event is held in early June but here are some photos taken along the way.

I asked if I could take this young woman’s photo since it was Mother’s Day weekend and I smiled when I saw her hoodie emblazoned with “Dog Mom”.

Another event cancellation and not doable virtually is the Junior League World Series that has been held at Heritage Park every August the last four decades. This sign touts that event and the smaller signs document each winner since 1981.

I ended up walking 5 ½ miles altogether and that fulfilled my 5K obligation as part of those steps.

Even though it feels as though the rest of the world is shut down, a solitary walk is always enjoyable, especially with so much to see along the way.

[Images of Happy Soles Virtual Run/Walk logo and Fish & Loaves mission from Fish & Loaves website]

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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49 Responses to On your mark, …

  1. bindyamc says:

    They are nice!

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  2. Ally Bean says:

    I can see why you like this park. It has so many different parts to it and the path you walked on is lovely, safe, easy to follow. Good for you doing the 5K to support this cause. I hope the petting farm animals aren’t missing human affection. After all their job description is to be petted.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      It is always an enjoyable walk there Ally. I tend to stay mostly in the historical and Lake areas when I walk at Heritage Park, but since this was a 5K walk, I took other pictures and went onto the track. When we have the actual 5Ks, we go into the neighborhoods, along a fairly busy street, then return to the park and go into a forest area. I like that part, but prefer to do it with a crowd. You might have nailed it with the sheep baaing … it lacked the usual loving by the visitors. They have chickens and ducks inside the barn. I visited the farm a few years ago when they had Christmas in July and Santa and Mrs. Claus and some reindeer made a visit. Santa was dressed in Hawaiian garb.

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  3. Other than the weather, it looks like a good day. Good walk and great pictures.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thanks Kate – to be honest, I’d rather be a little cold than too hot. I went on a long walk last Summer and ended up trying out some new trails and I was much later than I usually am … ended up with an hour long walk in the searing sun and the mosquitoes were just eating me alive. I felt like I’d never get back to the car. The bonus was seeing two fawn which made me forget about how miserable I felt.

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  4. Sandra J says:

    What a great day for your walk, I love this park. So much stuff to see. I like how you said the geese were just milling about the mill. 🙂 And to get that photo of the Swallow, I hardly ever see one land.
    I do enjoy the old historic homes and buildings especially to get to go inside. I love going to tours like that. Great post Linda, I really enjoyed the walk.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Glad you enjoyed this post Sandra; yes it was a great day for this walk. I’d rather be cold than hot (except for the frozen fingers factor and trying to take pictures; the last time I was at this park it was Valentine’s Day weekend and we had some really frosty temps and I finally caved in with frozen fingers and went home). I like the quaint atmosphere and the old buildings too and have written before about all of them – there is also an church, an old wishing well, gazebo, town hall and the house which is the candy/candle store. One post I did was about a woman who was doing an oil painting of that house and I watched her sketch it out and begin painting. A few minutes later, there was another woman doing a watercolor painting of the garden near the gazebo.

      I could not believe the ducks were not there – you’ve seen pictures of them huddling together on the ice. I am sure it is like your missing waterfowl … they are on a nest with their mates nearby. That swallow amazed me he sat still for so long. I got some pictures of them in the nests in the rafters of the covered bridge a year or so ago- they were all looking out at me – I felt like an intruder in their domain. 🙂

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      • Sandra J says:

        It is amazing how they build their nest, so different than all the other birds. Nature is just amazing. I went down to the city pond yesterday. I could see goose eggs on the pond but no geese. There had been a lot of rain and the eggs were right on the edge of the little island. So maybe they had to abandon the nest because of the rain. Hopefully we will both see the birds back soon.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Oh that’s sad about the goose eggs … I wondered about this little family since they only had two goslings … I’ve never seen less than five goslings that I can recall. My friend Ann Marie lives in an apartment. The apartment complex is huge and in the middle is a man-made pond, similar to Coan Lake, not quite as big. She sees lots of ducks, geese and swans there and sends me pictures sometimes. There is one goose there that “guards” all the other geese, and she has called him “Mr. Meany” – he honks, hisses and flaps his wings at everyone, human or waterfowl, that dares come near his flock. He is like a rooster protecting the “girls” … but somehow he slipped up because a goose had laid eggs and the maintenance crew came along and saw the nest and destroyed the nest and eggs. I am sure that gander was beside himself … my friend is actually a littlescared of him and goes out of the day to avoid him and his antics.

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      • Sandra J says:

        Isn’t that something, some people just don’t care about nature. It is a shame that they do that. The geese are better off around the big lakes or rivers if they would go to them instead.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Yes, Ann Marie was upset about it. I am surprised they go there since it is a very big complex so there are always people coming and going and they have maintenance ongoing there.

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  5. Joni says:

    Great that you took us along for the walk! It’s a beautiful park, but then I’m partial to old buildings. Everything looks so well maintained. You must have be freezing by the time you were finished!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Glad you liked the walk – if I could do a virtual walk, you could enjoy a virtual walk with me Joni. It was cold but better than when I was here in February on Valentine’s Day weekend when I finally gave up as my fingers were just frozen. All the buildings are nice and I’ve included all of them before, but the quaint and colorful ones are my favorites. I like Coan Lake too – tomorrow’s post is about the geese and their goslings I saw last Saturday. I saw a lot of goslings today at the River, all different shapes and sizes. Still no ducklings or cygnets … might be next year, but then I said that last year and the year before. The first time here it reminded me a bit of Upper Canada Village – did you ever go there?

      I want to go back to the Henry Ford and Clara Ford Estate – the guard told me last year to come back when the lilacs were in bloom. Last year on the pet shelter walk I passed by all the apple trees and they were all flowering and it was gorgeous. That was May 11th. I think our weather wast colder this year though – no lilacs are out in the neighborhood, mine neither. I might have gone there today, but the grounds would have been soggy from all the rain – will be worse after tomorrow/Monday’s heavy soaker. You were right about your long holiday weekend. I’ve not heard any predictions for next weekend yet.

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      • Joni says:

        Your holiday weekend is always warmer, although I did manage to sit outside for an hour today on the front porch, by the time I walked at 4pm it was cooler. I’ve never been to Upper Canada Village although I’ve heard of it. No lilacs out, and very few buds on it. I checked today when I picked my rhubarb, which was ruined by the frost.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I still have heard no predictions for the holiday weekend … must be bad and they don’t want to tell us. Lately it seems the weather folks know when an onslaught of rain is coming and they try to sugarcoat it a little by pumping up the current day’s good weather. I am going out shortly but just a real short walk as it looks like it will pour any minute. I went to Upper Canada Village when I was young with my parents. I think I scanned in some pics of me with some oxen … I scanned in most of their old pictures of travel back when I was a kid. My lilac bushes had little buds, but nothing else … if I go anywhere next weekend, it will be to Dearborn to that Ford estate to see the lilacs, but they are doing a lot of construction in the area and the construction is lasting all year. Between that and the Grosse Ile free bridge being down to December, all the flooding in the parks, it might be limited trips to my usual haunts this year … weather, like the pandemic will make it a weird walking year, even though I hope to still get my goal miles in.

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  6. The history area looks very interesting Linda your historical buildings are so different to ours.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Hi Andy – Yes it is interesting and quaint and a few of the buildings have been physically moved to this location, others are replicas. The log cabin would be the oldest building, but still the UK would have older buildings and made of masonry, and very huge. I was lucky to see some of those old buildings when I visited your country back in 1979. That was something I enjoyed years ago when traveling over in Europe, seeing all the old architecture.

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      • Linda you may like to have a look at this site. https://www.wealddown.co.uk/ fairly local to me although have not visited for some years and closed due to virus these buildings have been moved to the site

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        That was interesting Andy and I would like to go to visit a place like this. It is familiar to our village which revolves around auto magnate Henry Ford. For years, this large historical area, which includes a large museum and many historical outbuildings and activities, including a two-day antique car fest., was called “Greenfield Village” – but a few years ago it was renamed “The Henry Ford” … I think they should have kept the original name, but that’s me. I’ve not been here in years either and it is only about 8 miles from me.

        I took my grandmother there once and she had a wonderful time as they feature many old-time farm implements and clothes from an earlier era. We walked around and since she grew up on a farm, she could identify the farm machinery and kept saying “my father used that machine” or “I wore shoes like that” … she had such a good time. I would like to get a membership for after I retire. I figure I won’t have to fight the crowds on a weekend that way and they have some nice membership perks as well. I looked on their site to show you some pictures and highlights, but it appears that since they are not open now, they are using the opportunity to retool their site. They have some memorable pieces of history like President Lincoln’s chair he was assassinated in, President Kennedy’s limo he was assassinated in and the bus Rosa Parks, an African American woman, was riding on and did not give up her seat to a white man:
        https://www.thehenryford.org/

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      • thanks for your local link

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        You’re welcome Andy.

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  7. I enjoyed your virtual 5k.

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  8. the walking and the Parks is going to be your life line through this whole mess Linda!

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  9. AnnMarie R stevens says:

    Miss Linda……………………………….thank you for taking me through Heritage Park……………………….I love that park also………………………….for many years I walked there for the American Cancer society Relay For Life……………………………….and enjoyed everything about it……………………….plus taking my first Grade class there for a variety of events…………………………it brought back many special memories

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Hi Ann Marie – I remember you took students there for events and that is a fun place for kids to explore, not only the historical buildings, but the petting farm too. I didn’t know you walked there for Relay for Life. They had it at Council Point Park a few years as I recall – it is a good charity – the more funds coming in for cancer research, the better. All these charities will suffer with this pandemic which is very sad.

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  10. How in the world did you get that gorgeous shot of the swallow? I don’t think I have ever seen one land. Lol What a great historical place to walk at.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      I think he/she was tired from all the dive-bombing he was doing … there are so many of them at the seawall area that they look like little missiles going through the air! I saw some yesterday at the River too and took some pictures but haven’t looked at them yet. I do like this park for its quaint nature … I usually get my steps in by walking around the historical area repeatedly more than the track.

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  11. susieshy45 says:

    What a great walk you had Linda- I loved the box car- because I love trains. I was reminded of the show that i watch on TV called ” The curse of civil war gold” where they are looking for an elusive box car cart at the bottom of LaKe Michigan, which is the lake you show in many of your pictures I think.
    I am glad there are people planting vegetables and flowers in the park- the squirrel was beautiful. There are actually people buying corn to feed the ducks? There is so much to write about in your post.
    Loved it.
    Susie

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Glad you liked this post about my virtual 5K walk Susie. I have a story about a family of geese that I saw at this 5K and made it a separate post from this one as there was so much to write about, (just as you say). I’ll e-mail it to you now – you will like the pictures and I know you are busy getting ready to move so I don’t want you to miss it. I like this caboose and box car too – the bright red color stands out any season that you are there, even in the snow.

      There is a woman at another park I frequent and I’ve yet to write about her … her name is Elaine and every morning she takes a couple of pounds of corn and peanuts to treat the ducks and squirrels.
      We stood and chatted for about an hour on a very cold February day about treating our little Park pals. I should have gotten her picture, but each of us kept saying “I really should get going” but we kept talking. This is the man I have referred to in this post and he tosses out a lot of corn – look at the ducks cluster around him in these photos: https://lindaschaubblog.net/2018/07/08/oh-those-lucky-ducks/

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  12. Laurie says:

    You decided to do your 5K post now rather than wait for your shirt and medal. Good for you! Too bad the day you did the virtual race was such a wintry one! I bet Heritage Park would be a good location for a walk now if your weather is anything like ours. We have had a beautiful weekend.

    The log cabin that you pictured here looks like my great-great-grandparents’ place. They lived in a small town just west of the town I live in now. Their house was eventually donated to the historical society of that town and it is still standing today. You can tour it and get a sense of what life was like here 150 years ago.

    I loved your photo of the swallow. How did you get it to sit still for you? Every time I see them, they are swooping!

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  13. Linda Schaub says:

    Hi Laurie – I just decided to do it now as I figured no one would notice that picture I included of the shirt and finishing medal.and instead I would just use my posted race results (albeit lousy, but I meandered at the same time). It looked like I was the first one to post results and I decided to include that at the end of the post. When will you get to use your Mother’s Day present … do you have any virtual races coming up to use your new watch?

    I like the way this park is laid out with its historical buildings. They have an open house every so often, annually I think, and one day I’m going to do it so I can go inside. I’d especially like to see the schoolhouse and log cabin. That is interesting that your great-great-grandparents had a home like this and donated it to their city’s historical society … some of these buildings have been transported from their original location or are replicas. This is the oldest home in this city, built in 1850. This is a little write-up on the log cabin and you can see if it was built around the same time as your ancestors’ home was: https://www.cityoftaylor.com/Facilities/Facility/Details/-9

    Yesterday was not a bad day and I could have waited ’til it was warmer, but the weather has been so unpredictable and wacky that my new motto is “get out and enjoy it before the rain (or snow) arrives!” We had traces of snow, a very cold week and then two days of rain. We are expecting a lot of rain today/tomorrow (2 inches). I’m thinking a quick walk in the neighborhood is it for today.

    I think that swallow was worn out from all the swooping and diving. There were a lot of them and many times I’ve tried to photograph them in flight and not been successful. At rest he/she posed nicely.

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  14. Eliza says:

    Great walk! I need to put my Gosling’s on Instagram for you. Thought of you whilst running…

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  15. ruthsoaper says:

    I’m sure glad that cold spell is over – now if it would just stop raining. You’re right Linda if you can get out for a nature walk it really takes your mind off lockdown. I am glad you are taking pictures again and really enjoyed the ones you have here. I could just hear those beagles as they picked up the scent of a squirrel. I bet that guy had his hands full trying to hold them back. LOL!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Oh this rain is just incredible isn’t it Ruth? Two days of rain and luckily a dry Saturday, now raining through Tuesday. This rain was heavy today – hope your garlic doesn’t get wet feet. If you did not have the hoop house, your plants would be waterlogged. Yes, the beagles were pulling him along and he had them with one hand and was looking at his phone with the other! Yes, the yelping had to be the squirrel who was probably up a tree from the noise they were making before they even got close! I am glad I am taking the camera along with me again too – there is so much to see and, except for all this rain, Springtime in Michigan is beautiful.

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      • ruthsoaper says:

        If it wasn’t for all this rain we would probably be planting this week. My husband did get potatoes and cabbage planted last week. As long as things dry out after Tuesday we should be good but probably will be the weekend before we get anymore planting done.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I will keep my fingers crossed it dries out for you – best you didn’t plant though – wow, it would be washed away.

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  16. J P says:

    Ok, this is the kind of 5k I can get into. 🙂

    I love the old structures and the caboose.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      I’m with you JP – I usually just walk in the historical structure/Coan Lake area, then meander over to the Botanical Gardens. I am usually at this park at least 2 1/2 to 3 hours. I did the track so I could write about it for the post.

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