Happy Friday my Friends!!
It's a gorgeous day here in my northwoods. I'm getting ready for the wonderful July 4th holiday weekend ahead and getting things ready around here. I'm working on my grocery list and dreaming on the yummy things I'm thinking of making for a holiday party tomorrow. S'mores poke cake anyone? ;)
But for today I wanted to share my 5 with you. As many of you know, we live on a bay in the northwoods. And our bay is off of what we call the "big Lake" - which is one of the great lakes. Actually, the largest great lake which is Lake Superior. When I drive over a bridge near my home and get to the other side I'm actually in a whole different state -- which is Minnesota. Pretty cool, huh? My kiddos have soccer practice over that bridge regularly. When I'm looking to eat up some time while they are at practice I've been walking along a beautiful lake walk in a park next to the "Big Lake". I thought I would share some of that beauty with you today.
I often park my car by what is called "the Rose Garden" portion of the park. In later summer it is just full of many different types of flowers and is such an incredibly gorgeous section of the park. Recently, though, there were many irises and peonies in bloom which I will share soon. I love the charm of this whole area. The old time lamp posts, pretty railings and bridges throughout. Train tracks run along the water too and we have different scenic trains that folks can go on. They call this area Canal Park as can you see the bridge in the distance? - that is called the Lift Bridge - and many freighters come through that canal regularly. Our area is huge in the shipping industry.
This park is used very often for summer weddings. That gazebo is the most used for that very purpose - either for ceremonies or just a photo back drop. There are also lovely stone benches all over where one can sit and admire the view and the flowers.
I show a photo of a Viking statue - as an area of this park is also called Leif Erickson Park. There is a very large Scandinavian population in the area where I live. We have a LOT of Erickson's, Peterson's, Johnson's - you get the idea. Lol And thus the football team, the Minnesota Vikings. And of course photos of the beautiful blooms I captured the other day: irises and peonies. But by August it's nothing but roses and they are everywhere! It's probably one of the most visited tourists stops in our area. Here is some info about Leif Erickson and you can read even more here.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Leif Ericson" and "Leif Erickson" redirect here. For other uses, see Leif Ericson (disambiguation).
|Died||c. 1020 (age 49 or 50)[discuss]|
|Known for||Discovering Vinland (Part of North America; possiblyNewfoundland)|
|Religion||Norse paganism; converted to Christianity c. 999|
|Partner(s)||Thorgunna (c. 999)|
|Relatives||Erik the Red (father), Þjóðhildur (mother), Thorvald, Thorsteinand Freydís (siblings)|
Leif Erikson or Leif Ericson (//; Old Norse: Leifr Eiríksson; Icelandic: Leifur Eiríksson; Norwegian: Leiv Eiriksson c. 970 – c. 1020) was an Icelandic explorer and the first known European to have discovered North America (excluding Greenland), beforeChristopher Columbus. According to the Sagas of Icelanders, he established a Norse settlement at Vinland, tentatively identified with the Norse L'Anse aux Meadows on the northern tip of Newfoundland in modern-day Canada. Later archaeological evidence suggests that Vinland may have been the areas around the Gulf of St. Lawrence and that the L'Anse aux Meadows site was a ship repair station.
Leif was the son of Erik the Red, the founder of the first Norse settlement in Greenland and of Þjóðhildur (anglicized Thjodhild). He was likely born in Iceland, and grew up in the family estate Brattahlíð in the Eastern Settlement in Greenland. Leif had two known sons: Thorgils, born to noblewoman Thorgunna in the Hebrides; and Thorkell, who succeeded him as chieftain of the Greenland settlement.
Once you walk down a stone walkway - you head down right next to the lake. There's a wood walkway that stretches along the water and folks can walk or jog there. There is also a paved path alongside for cyclists. You can even rent covered bike "cars" that have a canopy over the top of them and can hold 4 people and each have their own set of peddles...and you can bike as a family right next to the water. Pretty cute! There are also beautiful old fashioned carriages pulled by horses that you can take along the mainstreet areas of the Canal Park area. I love that along the lake walk the light posts become more nautical. Lots of charm everywhere. Also, there is a large field in a part of the park with the castle and stage looking area. Sometimes there are shows that are put on in the park - as well as movies in the park...where folks can come for free and bring a blanket and snacks and sit a watch a movie played there certain summer nights.