It was 90+ degrees, muggy, and the summer sun was blazing so we looked for shade for our Father’s Day picnic. We found it at Enger Park.
What a lovely hilltop green space in Duluth.
A canopy of tall, deciduous trees nearly covers the entire picnic area with their green leaves. Along with the summer breeze, the dappled shade was a welcome respite from the heat.
Building a fire in one of the BBQ grills was on Daley’s summer bucket list so he packed a box with wood scraps, a hatchet, recycled cardboard, a lighter and matches for back-up, a poker from our fireplace, a spray bottle of water to keep the ground moist around the grill so it wouldn’t catch on fire, and a canister of water so the coals would be cool to the touch when we left. He is a very responsible fire-tender.
While he built the fire under Tim’s watchful eye, Finley and I headed for the Japanese Gardens and the Peace Bell. We brought along the children’s book by the same name to read under the bell. Another little girl was attracted to the story and sidled right up to listen over my shoulder. Books, indeed, bring people together.
After eating watermelon, raspberries, strawberries, and burgers – all summertime favorites, we kicked around a soccer ball and tossed a Frisbee on the well-maintained lawn. Every once in a while, the smell of the nearby Azalea blooms would waft across the park.
The picturesque setting made for a leisurely afternoon, and as Tim described, “The perfect Father’s Day surprise.”
And we were so thankful for the natural shade.
Like other parks in Duluth, the City keeps the picnic grounds well-kept and the public restrooms clean.
Where is your favorite picnic spot on a hot, sunny day in Duluth? Share your experiences in the comment box below. Thanks!