This week was the first 2nd Second Brunch to be held outdoors since the last one we attended. It was a beautiful day with temperatures in the low 60s and there was a decent turnout for the show. Heidi was working today so it was just Trey and me picnicking in the park.
Performing on this fine day was The Ralph Roddenbery Band. Ralph is a local singer/songwriter whose music is a mix of country, rock, blues, and Americana. Trey danced a bit to the music but was most interested in running around and playing in the little streams and ponds throughout Washington Park.
Special thanks to Marike Carrier for sharing the photo to the right!
After Trey’s afternoon nap yesterday we headed down to Memorial Park. This park on the southside has a playground, baseball fields, a pool, and a rec center. A highlight of our little romp was when Trey decided to go push the teenage girls on the swingset. At one point one of the girls exclaimed “I think yo’ little white boy just wants to touch some black booty!” I didn’t have a comeback.
Yesterday’s excursion was to Doodles Park, a section of Macon’s larger city park Freedom Park. The last two week’s rain had made the ground really muddy around the playground set, but the mulched area was just fine.
After playing for a while we walked over to the baseball fields and watched some little league games. Trey was really into it – “He’s running, he’s running!”, “Catch that ball guy!”, and “He’s swinging a baseball bat!?!” As much as Trey looked like he would enjoy it, my concerns about competitive sports at young ages were confirmed by a coach who was screaming at a 7-8 year old who let a runner steal 2nd base. Ridiculous.
After our last unfortunate Macon city park visit, Trey and I headed to the rich part of town to Henry Burns Park (perhaps he was a relative of the rich, not-so-benevolent Charles Montgomery Burns?).With Heidi sleeping during the day it was best to get our little boy out of the house so she could have some peace & quiet.
Henry Burns is nice, little park with not only a playground but a tennis court, and dirt, basketball half-court. There’s plenty of open space to run around and little yellow flowers were blooming all over the grass.
With all the rain we’ve had (and with more on the way), the skies were pretty cloudy. This always makes for nice photo ops and I got quite a few “cute’ns” of Trey.
I’ve mentioned before how many great, little city parks Macon has and we’ve been making the rounds checking them all out. Today, Trey and I headed to the southside of town to find Village Green Park.
I had never been to this part of town and it was very obvious that the neighborhoods were struggling. There were lots of abandoned, boarded up homes and lots of people loitering on street corners and in driveways. The park is in an open area behind a circle of homes about 1/3rd of which were abandoned. There was also evidence that an arsonist must live in the neighborhood. A nearby vinyl fence had a massive hole burnt in it and some of the playground slides showed evidence that fires had been started on them. But hey, even if it is in a shady part of town a playground is a playground… right?
Not quite. After we’d been there about 10 minutes a group of young men who had been hanging out & smoking on the other side of the park approached us. One of them asked me if I smoked – he had cigarettes to sell. I said no and mentioned that it isn’t good for your health. His follow up question was if I smoked “green” – apparently they hadn’t noticed the “Drug Free Zone” sign at the entrance of the park. I pointed out I was just there to let my boy play on the playground and not interested in purchasing anything. As they walked off, Trey called out to them: “Big boys come back! Come play!”. They ignored him.
I let Trey play a little longer but finally drew the line when he held up a broken beer bottle he found under the playground set. I started to look closely at the mulch around us and realized it was full of shards of glass (being from brown beer bottles it blended in quite well). We left and I took Trey to Chick-fil-a where he had a great, safe time and the only drug pushed was delicious soft-serve ice cream.
Here are some pics (that didn’t make the video) from last night. You’ll see that Trey is enjoying the rides more and more. He’s also brave – he went on several that were pretty fast and bumpy and had the time of his life. On the caterpillar mini-rollercoaster the older kids were holding their hands up in the air and screaming so Trey joined in – laughing away the whole time.
Like our Amelia Island vacation video, this was made with a still camera taking long bursts of photos. I used my Lensbaby for the blur effect. Special thanks to El Ten Eleven for making awesome music.
Today we headed downtown to take part in the Cherry Blossom Festival’s traditional free cherry ice cream cone distribution. The line was really long but Trey was patient and appreciated the reward. We walked around downtown a bit then headed over to Central City Park where I let Trey enjoy a few more fair rides.
Last night Mike, Rachel, and Allister came down from Decatur to visit with us and attend today’s Cherry Blossom Festival events. We hit the downtown area first and watched the bed race. It was quite disappointing in that only about 5 teams raced and their “beds” looked more like floats from a parade. We didn’t hang around for the lawn mower race but Heidi got to see one of the participants in the ER later (see photo from macon.com).
After lunch and the race, we headed down to Central City Park to the fair. Trey was very excited to get to ride a couple rides. He and Allister rode a car together first and later in the afternoon they rode on a boat. Allister was pretty tired at that point and didn’t have as much fun. The cutest moment of the day was when Trey tried to console Allister by patting her on the back as she cried on the ride.
Other highlights included sea lions, a doggie disc catching competition, a dog fashion show, and lots of big motorcycles with big riders and their big partners.