Our first stop was #40 Sam and Eulalia Frantz Park, better known as Field of Corn or Cornhenge. Pre-kids, I used to mock this public artwork, but now it's really a place our kids enjoy running around in.
Gideon seemed to like it as well:
The corn is bordered by a hedgerow of Osage orange trees that provide some shade:
Sam found an Osage orange:
They're supposed to act as natural bug repellants, so Brian cut one apart to see what's inside:
It didn't smell THAT bad, but it wasn't something you would use to freshen up a room:
I put some new Soma Oxford bars on my Surly Cross Check while it takes over trailer pulling duties:
I'm really enjoying them so far. Compared to the On One Mary or Surly Open Bar that I had been using, the key advantage of the Oxford is that is uses a bar end shifter. This allows use of pretty much the entire bar as a hand resting spot, giving the rider lots of options. They run quite a bit narrower than either of the aforementioned bars, but this is OK for me after I got used to it.
After the field of corn, we hit the road for #33 Llewellyn Farms Park. The thing I liked best about this playground was that it was shady, a nice feature on a hot morning!
Sam showed off his balance skills:
Kate, Gids and Walter all hit the swings:
Then Walter showed off his acrobatic prowess:
After this, we rode around for a while trying to find #34 Llewellyn Farms South Park. Later, I determined it was just a big patch of grass that we rode past. Sorry, but this gets the award for the worst park we've seen to date.
Disappointed, we promised the kids a playground at the next park, #46 Smiley Park. We found these odd pillars on the way there:
No one wanted to walk between them--maybe they would get zapped off to another dimension or something.
Safely past the Pillars Of Doom, we found Smiley Park, but we weren't smiling:
Just a few picnic tables and some grass that needs mowing. Disappointed again, we took the kids through #13 Coffman Park so they could get another playground in. After that, we were ready for some A/C and a big lunch at Cici's pizza!
Four down, 20 to go.