From the took the girls to Crapo Park for a picnic, and to let K play on the playground. I took some pictures of A near there for her senior pics.
After that we went to the big curly slide. Took more pics of A on it. K went down and half way her "puddle jumping" boots, being soft rubber caught and spun her upside down and then sideways and bonking her head at the same time. Needless to say that she was upset and scared. But after a few minutes, back up she went with M, and the two of them came down together, and K thought that was fun.
From there we went to the fountain to take some more pics of A. M & K thought it was fun to stand off to the one side and get sprayed by the mist.
From there we went back up to the horseshoe bend and took some more pics of A sitting on the stone wall overlooking the river. From there myself, A, K, and M went down on the trails, while J stayed with the vehicle.
The trails are in bad shape, and were okay in spots, and slimy and eroding in others. I wanted to get some pics of A down by Blackhawk Springs. It was a careful and slow trip down, and A risked falling into the spring, but got some neat shots. From the spring took the trail around to the bend by the small cave like holes in the rocky overhang. From there it was up the hill and out to the very far North side by the big guns.
I haven't been down by the Spring in years. We used to hide beer in there to get cold back when we cruised the park.
From the trails we met up with J and went and visited inside the log cabin. J was showing and explaining things to K, who was having fun.
When we came out, it started to rain, so we naturally headed down to Dairy Queen, by way of going through Dankwardt Park. M wanted to know how close the two parks were, so we showed her and ended up turning around in the old abandoned Park View Care Center. It looks creepy in the day time all boarded up and weedy. We looped back in Dankwardt and showed M where they were building a new stand at the archery range.
We finally ended up at DQ, and from there went down to Burlington's Riverview park at the gazebo. From the gazebo we went and walked along the beach area by the river looking for shells until a snake swam up in front of A, scaring the s#*t out of her. We looked it up later and found out it was one of the rare snakes in Iowa, a Pliain-bellied Watersnake ( http://www.herpnet.net/Iowa-Herpetology/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=56&Itemid=26 ) . Didn't find any shells, so left there and headed down to the port building so J & K could use the restroom. So we get there and everything is locked up, even access to the park tables. And Burlington has the nerve to complain about tourism, when on a holiday weekend when tourist are out and about in town, especially after a national draw event like the Snake Alley Criterium, they have everything locked up! Morons! Anyway from there to Caseys and home.
It was a fun day, but exhaustive day. And K loved it so much she said she wanted a Park day everyday. 😀
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