I took a vacation day today.  There is something very decadent about having a day off in the middle of the week, while everyone else heads off to work.  I need to do this more often.    

Greg’s current schedule has him working weekends, with days off in the middle of the week.  Today we were both off and could spend the day together.  These days have been rare for us the past several months.  

Today was a gorgeous, hot, sunny day, so we wanted to be outside.

The plan was to pack lunch and go spend the afternoon in a park.  We are pretty lucky here as we have so many parks to choose from.  So we slathered on the sunscreen, grabbed some hats and the cooler and headed out the door. 

What a fabulous day!  We headed out to a park that I hadn’t visited in years, found some picnic tables and had lunch.  While we were eating, I realized that (sadly) I couldn’t remember the last time the two of us had eaten lunch in a park.  Since we moved to the city (well, really the suburbs), we haven’t been doing this type of thing.  Yet we used to…  When we first met, we went to a park on the lake that was close to home pretty much every weekend and several days after work.  We spent so much time there, hanging out, playing, just having fun.  I’m not sure when we turned into suburbanites that spend so much time at home or just in the immediate area.  It was really nice to break out of the routine today.  We definitely need to do that more often. 

So today we had lunch, walked along the trails by the river and just totally enjoyed the day.  There were lots of people out enjoying the beautiful day – they were cycling, walking, swimming, and even a few were fishing. 

Even though we were in the middle of the city, there was lots of animal life around. 

As you can see, this park is very wildlife friendly. 

grey squirrel tracks in concrete

Grey squirrel tracks


Some squirrels obviously had some fun when this sidewalk was poured.  The tracks are permanent as they are embedded in the concrete.


Gray squirrel tracks

And as it’s still only June, lots of animals still have babies hanging out.  I’ve always loved ducklings.  They look so soft and cute.

mallard and ducklings

Aren't this mama mallard and her ducklings cute?

And these little goslings are so comical.  I’ve seen some from a distance lately as I’m on the bus on the way to work, but this was my first close up view.  They are as funny and awkward looking as I had thought.

Canada Geese and their goslings

And of course, what would a day by the river be without a Great Blue Heron sighting?  This is such a regal, majestic bird. 

Great Blue Heron sitting in middle of river

Oh, and another great thing about today…  We had ice cream!  Yay for maple walnut…


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