The morning was spent in seminars and workshops, one of which I led. Then we got to go outside and play. We chose to join a bike ride today which went from Eastwood Metropark to Wegerzyn Gardens and back, about 13 miles total.
Five Rivers Metroparks through Dayton has extensive multi-use trails, and the North Country Trail makes use of some of them. Most of what we rode today isn't, but this suspension bridge across the Stillwater River is part of the NCT.
Wegerzyn Garden was wonderful. I should do a whole post on that, although I took almost no pictures of plants... we only had a short time. The thing that apparently struck me most was a children's garden where plants and a naturalistic water feature are incorporated into a place for children to play on hot summer days. There was an entire "stream" for kids to splash in which included this waterfall for them to run through. This little guy was just squealing with delight every time the water hit his head.
On the ride back we stopped at a park/pavilion called Riverscape to buy ice cream. These fountains shoot water high in the air for a few minutes every hour. The base of each spray (which you can't really see in this picture since they are just below the bridge deck) is set at the level of the 1913 flood of the Great Miami River which devastated Dayton, permanently closed the Miami-Erie Canal and instigated the building of the earthen levee system to protect the city. The jets of water are impressive, and a great reminder of the history.
Buses took us back to Wegerzyn Gardens for dinner and an award ceremony.
There are so many things going on at these conferences that it is hard for me to pick just a few things to show you. However, this was a highlight for me. I am posing here with Andrew Skurka whom I had actually never yet met. We just hadn't managed to be in the same space at the same time. He was NCT end-to-ender number seven, and has become a full-time adventurer... way beyond my goals.
OK... I'm really tired- have to go to bed.
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