Scott had half the day off on Friday, so we made an afternoon of it. Our first stop was Railroad Park, near downtown Birmingham. I remember going to a Widespread Panic show 8 years ago at this location when it was just a wasteland near the tracks. A group of inspiring people, one of whom is our friend Susan, dreamed of making it a green space in the city. They worked for years fundraising and planning before their vision was made real when the park opened a year ago. Go here to see the beautiful results. When I think about how they started with a tiny seed of an idea, climbed mountains of obstacles, and gave our city an incredible gift, I'm so inspired.
I call this shot "More Powerful than a Locomotive..."
You know, except that you can't see the locomotive.
These were taken along the Rail Trail in the park. Sure wish Owen didn't have
a smoke stack coming out of his head in that shot on the left. Almost a great shot!
Things got even better when the ice cream truck rolled up.
Scott and I call this shot "Fu(dge) Manchu".
Playing in the skate bowl and cooling off in the creek
(the latter of which is evidently against park rules - oops!).
Playing on the two playgrounds.
Rolling in the grass like a very satisfied labrador.
Next stop: An abandoned roundhouse!