This park visit was to "Plumbrook Park" -- located at the intersection of Plum and Brookside for you local people.
The day was hot and humid, and the mosquitoes were awful. I'll elaborate in a bit, but so far, this visit was our least favorite. Luke and I both agree that, on a cooler day, we need a "park re-do".
It started out ok, though...(Kate was being "Kate," though -- not wanting to smile or look at the camera)...
You might notice right away in this pic that there is NO shade, picnic tables, etc...
Nevertheless, the kiddos had fun climbing on and exploring new park equipment.
Aanndd --here would be where our visit went south...Luke went down this slide. It had rained the night before, and at the bottom of the slide, unbeknownst to any of us, there was some water at the bottom. Luke is the child of our's who does NOT like to get wet in his clothing. In all reality, that trait isn't bad, but it is a problem in situations like this one. This would be the exact reason why this overly-prepared Mama always keeps extra clean towels in her car.
I, by no means, want to embarrass our son. So -- I will say that, though he didn't like it one bit, he did handle it well as an almost 7 year-old careful, non-risky child. Yes -- there were a few tears, but after shedding those few tears, Luke kept going. This Mama has hope!
SO -- at that point, neither child was in the mood for equipment. We were all four getting hot. We decided we'd walk back in the trees a bit to see the nearby creek.
The mosquitoes were AWFUL, and I mean AWFUL, back there by the water. There are potentially great exploring areas back there, but I wouldn't recommend going back there without some serious application of insect repellent on your person and on any person in your party.
For whatever reason, at this point, Kate was crying because, you know, it's Kate. A "Friesen Family Park Visit" would not be complete without a pic of Kate crying...How about two of them?
SO -- at some point, perhaps in the fall, we'll have a "re-do" at this park!