Susan and I both had the day off from work for the July 4th/Independence Day Celebration. We had hoped to go to our favorite strawberry farm and do some serious strawberry picking. But they were closed for picking today. I suggested a bike ride as a back up plan. Sure I ride a lot, but I only get to ride with Susan a handful of times each year. I suggested we pack lunches and ride to one of our favorite Duluth Parks for a picnic.
Enger Park is situated on a hill overlooking Duluth, the harbor and Lake Superior. It also has a stone tower you can climb and see 360 degree views of Duluth. We didn't climb it today because of some haze and lack of good viewing. We did get to check out the newer Japanese Rock Garden that was installed late in 2010. We haven't been there together since it was finished.
Duluth has a sister city in Japan. That's the influence for the rock garden and the small pagoda like structure with a Japanese bell in it.
There used to be a small gazebo like structure on this rock outcropping. This year a much larger viewing pavilion is in the process of being built.
It's going to have spectacular views of Lake Superior and the harbor.
The park was busy with other 4th of July picnickers throughout the small picnic area.
A small historic stone pavilion, many gardens, and a shady canopy make this a wonderful park to relax in. Plus there always seems to be a breeze coming through this park on the hill. Very nice on a warm sunny day.
We had a wonderful, relaxing day together on our picnic, riding our bikes and visiting a community garden on the way home. I didn't take pictures while at the community garden. We had the pleasure of talking to the woman who started the garden and secured some grants to make it happen. It was inspirational. She created a safe gathering place in a neighborhood that didn't feel safe when she moved in.