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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Sunday in the Park, Part 3, A Pretty Pontiac

We set off for one last park, Pontiac Park. This park is right in town, just across the bridge from the downtown area. It also runs along the river. There is a boat launch in this park, but we decided to stroll along the river path.

Pontiac park was named for a famous Indian. The sign says that it was named for an Ottawa Indian chief who was born here in 1742. This was also the site of the largest recorded apple tree.

Here was a garden called the Healing Hearts. The path leading to the bench has small marble stones with the names of children and babies who have died. How sad, but what a lovely memorial and peaceful spot for people to come and remember their loved ones.
Here is a close up of the beautiful angel. She has some bright red flowers at her feet, but not for much longer though as we had our first hard frost last night.
I finally found a tree with red leaves!
This bird bath was so lovely.
I thought the inside of the basin was even more interesting than the bird bath as a whole!
Here is a monument to one of our hometown heroes, Sam Hornish. For race fans, you'll probably recognize the name as the man who won the Indy 500 in 2007. He accepted the trophy here in our town after there was a parade in his honor. He and his wife live in the next town over. Their first child, a daughter, was born in our local hospital a few months ago. His father and other family members own a big trucking business here in town. He switched over to NASCAR though. Not sure yet if that was a mistake or not.
Monica's hubby Jon said that he once raced Sam and won! I told him he was full of it. He said that really he had...but that he beat him on a Big Wheel cycle when they were little boys. I rather doubt that Sam remembers though. Apparently Sam Hornish's grandmother lived right down the street from Jon's family, and they would play together sometimes.

Monica noticed these bright red berries and said she thought they would make a good picture. She was right! At this point, everyone was tired and ready to go home.
That night while I was out grocery shopping, I noticed a beautiful sunset. I was so lucky to still have the camera in my purse!

That's it for our day in the parks! It was so good to be out and about in the sunshine enjoying such a beautiful weekend! I don't know how many more weekends we have left like this! I'm going to savor every last bit of fall before the leaves fall off the trees and it starts getting nipply, I mean NIPPY.

See you Saturday for some pinkness!


Raxx - A day in the life said...

Another lovely park! You are quite the oudoor lady, kady! (I rhymed!!)

Smilingsal said...

That birdbath is fascinating. And the sunset! Oh, I do love sunsets! I have some awards for you, Kady.

Shelia said...

Hi Kady! You sure do live in a beautiful area! I loved my walk with you and I loved the unusual birdbath. I'm surprised someone hasn't tried to steal it! I hate to think that way, I'm just from Texas! lol
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Buffie said...

Wow, the inside of that bird bath is really amazing!


nikkicrumpet said...

Wow what lovely days of just enjoying the outdoors...that birdbath was so cool...I've never seen one with the design like that inside.

Justine said...

Ah, more glorious fall pictures! And the sunset is absolutely stunning!!!!!!!!

Justine :o )

Jan~Feather Your Nest Antiques said...

Hi Kady. I haven't visited your blog in a while. I really enjoyed your Sunday in the Park posts! Read about your diabetis too! I'm diabetic too. Great news about your weight loss!

santamaker said...

Very nice little trip to the park! Fall is the best time to do that with the weather cooling off and all of the leaves turning!

Rhondi said...

Hi Kady
What a beautiful park. I amhaving a giveaway. Hope you'll stop by.
Hugs, Rhondi

Anonymous said...

Thank you for letting us take a stroll through the parks with you. The photos were beautiful.


bj said...

Wow...what a pretty place you live in, Kady girl....thanks for taking me on your little trip...and I love that birdbath...
love, bj

Picket said...

Hey girl....ohhh I loved the tour thru the park....that birdbath was gorgeous and so was the sunset...what a beautiful memorial for those that have lost their children and babies....great post girl...I enjoyed it...take care and have a wonderful weekend!

Shelia said...

Hi Kady!! Thanks for coming to see me and I'm so glad I juggled your memory to think of white beans!! lol I'm thinking about that little book you posted a few weeks back - was it Wilber the ..... dog? lol
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Somewhere In Time- Christie (yardsalequeen) said...

This park is so beautiful and peaceful, I wish I could visit it in person...I'm so glad you shared it...and wow what a sunset!