Happy Father's Day to all the dads and granddads.. A parade and a "Parktacular Day"...


Maisie, me and Madighan while Greg went to find Miles after the parade ended.
We wish all the dads out there in cyberspace, including Tom, our sons TJ and Greg, a very happy and special Father's day.  May your day be one of family gatherings, surprises, adventures, and activities centered around love and appreciation.


Miles, a Cub Scout member, distributed free bottled water while participating in the Parktacular Parade in St. Louis Park.
Today, as is the case during many family activities while we're here in Minnesota, Tom and I are splitting up between our respective families.  Tom is headed to a Minnesota Twins baseball game with daughter Tammy and son TJ, while I'll be on the popular Jonathan Padelford, a riverboat on the Mississippi River with son Greg, daughter-in-law Camille and the three grandchildren, Maisie, Miles, and Madighan.
Maisie and Madighan pose for a photo.
Now, as I'm busily preparing today's post which must be completed well before 10:30 when we drive to Greg's home (Tom will drop me off) with a plan to pick me up later in the day after each of our outings has come to an end.

Maisie also won a prize after sending the hitting the hammer to send the ball to the top of the gauge.
Yesterday was another action packed day.  By noon, we were seated on the damp grass under a tree near Wolfe Park in St. Louis Park to watch the annual Parktacular Parade.  Miles was actually in the parade as a Cub Scout distributing bottled water to attendees in the sidelines.

Madighan wins a Nemo water toy after hitting the sledgehammer bell.
We watched every group that passed by while we watched for Miles who finally appeared, a 'halfhearted smile on his little face that appeared to indicate, "What am I doing here?" As he quickly scurried past I hurriedly snapped a few photos as shown here today.

Greg's brute strength hit the adult sized bell ringer to the highest point with little effort.  
We stayed seated on the grass for most of the remainder of the parade. By 1:30, we were with Greg and the kids at the carnival located on the park's grounds.  What a site to see!  The games, the water slides, and the typical carnival-type activities got the kid's heads swimming with excitement.

Madighan coming down the big water slide at full speed.
Gee, it had been a long time since we'd participated in such an all encompassing comprehensive park activity barring Vincent's fifth-grade graduation "park day" of a few weeks ago.

Miles, making his way down the giant water slide.
The kids were reeling with enthusiasm but we managed to take a few photos and spend time with them during part of the activities.  We had to be on our way by 2:30 pm to make our way back to the red SUV requiring a 20-minute walk. 
Maisie quickly sailing down the huge water slide.
With the upcoming 20 minute drive (not much traffic on Saturday) back to our hotel, we arrived just in time to shower and dress for a 4:00 pm gathering at long-time friend (and neighbor) Sue (of Chip and Sue), who was hosting an intimate gathering of our mutual old friends at her gorgeous new home.  Tomorrow, we'll share photos and details of that fabulous evening.

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Common Canadian Geese and chicks on a leisurely swim on Wolfe Lake in St. Louis Park.
It was fun to be with Greg and the grandchildren in the playful venue.  The sun was shining on a perfectly cool and sunny day. Although the carnival area was certainly crowded, it wasn't impossibly so and we could easily maneuver about the grounds.

Princess Leia and a Stormtrooper.
Grandpa Tom purchased all-day passes for the three grandchildren while we followed them around as they excitedly moved from one activity to another.  The time we had allotted flew by in a flash.  Before we knew it, it was time to go.

Darth Vadar and other Star Wars characters on a passing float.
Back in the car, having planned our timing to avoid stress, we couldn't wipe the smiles off our faces.  Soon, it would be time for adult chatter to begin, spending valuable time together with our old neighbors and dear friends. 


Riders on horseback from a local riding club.
The neighborhood wasn't the glue that held our group together.  It was the companionship and love that brought us together and, held us together although some of us are no longer there.  More on that with photos tomorrow.

Many people seem to fear clowns.  What's inspired that?
Have a happy Father's Day with your loved ones if circumstances prevail.  If not, may you find a joyful place in your heart this day and always.

The pretty scene on Wolfe Lake in located in the park.
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Photo from one year ago today, June 18, 2016:
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