The Other Side of the Bridge
My View of the Bridge
Fellow Hubber wrote My View of the Bridge about a day trip we spent together. This is my side of the story.
For Jenny's view of the trip check out her hub: From My View of the Bridge.
Check out her Heart Rock Cafe hubs too! She has some really good recipes there.
My view of the Bridge
Going With the Flow
A whole day with my best friend, taking pictures and enjoying each others company. That was the plan. We were going to go to Waterloo Recreation Area in Chelsea. Jenny had never been there so I thought it would be fun to take her. We would stop somewhere and eat then head for Chelsea. I wanted to take her hiking down my favorite trail, where there are plants that you don't get to see in the wild very often. We could get pictures of Blue Beech trees, picture plants, wild blueberry bushes, and poisonous sumac on this bog trail.
Or not! Change of plans. My daughter and her kids were coming home early. So Jenny decided to pack us a picnic lunch and we would take the kids to Hidden Lake Gardens instead. But there were more complications and plans were changed again. Our itinerary became eat lunch now! We were so hungry by this point that we just ate as soon as Jenny got to my house.
Dahlem GardenClick thumbnail to view full-size
Dahlem Conservancy Center
After a delicious lunch of peanut butter apple and granola wrapped in a tortilla and a nice fruit salad that Jenny had prepared for us we discussed our new plans.
We decided maybe we should check out another place that I thought my grand kids would enjoy, Dalem Nature Center in Jackson. It has a small garden, walking trails, and an indoor wildlife observation area with a picture window, bird books, and binoculars.
My grand kids were afraid of the stuffed bobcat and wild turkey but they enjoyed the glass bee hive, snake, frog, butterfly and turtle aquariums. The Nut Shell gift shop has wildlife books, cute wooden instruments shaped like frogs and grasshoppers, walking sticks, and other novelty items for sale.
My grand kids Blaize and Armani loved running through the garden and spotting all of the bunny and squirrel statues. Armani's favorite part of the whole place was a bird bath. She wanted to just play in the water. Blaize's favorite thing was the small pond and bridge. He likes bridges a lot.
Just Having Fun
Since Blaize likes bridges so much we heard him begging, "I want to go to the bridges," for the ride from Dahlem Center to McCourtie Park. Armani didn't want to be left out so she began talking rather loudy, of what we are not sure, since she doesn't speak clearly yet. So we all got silly singing Mahna Mahna to entertain the kids. By the kids I mean all five of us .
Humor has always been important in my family. It was what kept us sane. Acting a little crazy to keep us from going totally crazy. I always liked to quote the witch from a Bugs Bunny episode where she said, "Insanity is my best quality!" So I teach this to my grand kids, every chance I get.
Mahna Mahna! Doo do do do doo.
McCourtie ParkClick thumbnail to view full-size
At McCourtie Park
McCourtie Park is one of my grandson's favorite places to go. It has 17 bridges, a play ground, a stream to splash in and lots of room to run. My granddaughter loves it for all of those reasons also but especially the stream. She loves to play in water. This water is so clear that you can actually photograph the fish. There is more to this park and I will be writing a hub about it, but for now, I am sharing my day with you.
Of course we had to go to all of the bridges, we let the kids swing and climb on the playground and we took pictures. We took lots of pictures mostly of the kids this time. They do such cute things it is hard not to snap a shot of them. Then we did some exploring because we knew that we hadn't found all 17 bridges. The property is quite vast and the bridges are spread out a bit. I found a few more but I am not certain I have found them all. I guess I will have to count them next time. We also took some pictures of the interior of the underground apartments. We had to do this through the windows since it is not accessible to the public.
When the kids started to get cranky we knew it was time to head home. Back at the house Chef Jenny decided to whip us up another meal. She had brought some very good cheeses that she had purchased in Amish country, Shipshewana, Indiana. One of these we had with lunch and the other went into a creamily delicious casserole called something like chimisette. Along with that she took the green beans I had harvested from the garden and sauteed them. She said this recipe, Chinese Style String Beans in Ginger & Garlic Sauce, is on her hub, Heart Rock Cafe - Healthier Side Dishes & Starters.
After we were completely satiated we sat in front of the computer to upload our pictures. Then we called the rest of the family to come and watch the slideshows.
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