Giant Slide at Belle Isle Park is open!

On Facebook last Friday, the Belle Isle Conservancy page posted that the giant slide was now open from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. I immediately sent a text to my husband. I was so excited! Our plans for Saturday were now known.


It had been years since I was on that slide. It took me back to my younger days. We no longer had to drive past the closed slide unable to experience it with our kids…..until now!

We arrived at the slide area around 12:30 pm. There was hardly any parking and lots of people enjoying the park. I was worried the line would be long. But there was no crowd or line at the slide.

The cost was $1, which is steeper than the slide itself. Fifty cents sounds more of a reasonable price. If you bought 4 tickets you did get 2 free, so we did that.

We all climbed up the lengthy stairs. We were instructed to put our whole body in the provided brown bag to slide down in.


My daughter was the first to go. She was leaning back and was instructed to lean forward. I thought she hit her head when she got to the bottom but she did not. She loved it and was ready to do it again. I went next. I held my camera, leaned forward, and started to slip down the slide!

At the 3rd hump on the slide, my body bounced a few inches into the air, I let out a little scream, came back to the slide and abruptly stopped as I came off the metal slide and onto the felt like material meant to brake you. It ended suddenly but produced a huge smile on my face and the urge to go again and again.


My son and husband were next. They also thoroughly enjoyed it.

The man and woman working at the slide were very nice and we exchanged a few fond memories about the slide and Belle Isle Park.

There was no line despite the crowd at the park. Maybe lowering the $1 a slide will produce a line and more smiles from children and parents.

So happy the giant slide is open and again part of the Belle Isle Park experience. Another memorable spot that the great city of Detroit has to offer.

Slide on!


Dequindre Cut

The weather was perfect this past weekend and we decided to get some exercise  at the Dequindre Cut. We packed the kid’s bikes, parked near the Detroit RiverWalk, and started our little over a mile exploration towards Gratiot. This was our second visit, a year ago being our first time.



There was a nice mixture of new and old graffiti. Many great photo opportunities.



Throughout our 70 minute slow stroll, we passed about 15 other bikers and walkers. We even got to see two people who were in the process of painting their vision. They had their car parked under the bridge, music playing, their paint cans and brushes working. Excited to see the end result next visit.


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When we got to the current end of the Dequindre Cut at Gratiot, I walked up, ran across Gratiot and got a picture to see the current progression. We will soon be able to walk the Dequindre Cut all the way to Eastern Market.





Batman vs Superman and a truck on fire

A day becomes more interesting on your ride home when you end up seeing a burning vehicle engulfed in flames on the side of the expressway. We had drove downtown last Friday afternoon to see where they were filming scenes for Batman vs Superman near Porter Street. They were not filming that day but we did see a few people working on props. Kids thought it was interesting. We were not allowed to take pictures up close. We took a mental picture which lasts longer.


On our way home we saw the red brake lights on vehicles in all lanes light up and thick, black smoke rising into the sky. I exited and circled around.


There was a blue pickup truck totally engulfed in flames. The amount of smoke was intense. There was a lawnmower resting a few feet behind the truck. Luckily it was not a car accident and I could see what I believed to be the driver safely awaiting help many feet in front of the truck.

Here is a short video of what we saw.


A fun and cheap day in the D!



Mt. Elliott Park Detroit

We visited the Mt. Elliott Park last weekend. I loved it. The kids loved it. And it’s free!


We made music on very large wind chimes. It was cool to hit one and enjoy listening to how long it vibrated before coming to rest.

There is another area to bang paddles on ends of a PVC piping type instrument to make music but there were no paddles. We improvised and used the bottom of our kids shoes as the paddles and made some interesting sounds.


The kids loved the splash pad. It is viewed as a pirate ship with crates and bags. There are two cannons where you can aim the water shooting out of them. Children can hide behind barriers to avoid the water coming out of the cannons.


You also have a great view of the Belle Isle Bridge, freighters, and different wildlife.


We visited the Mt. Elliott Park Fun Shop before heading home that sells t-shirts, bubbles, to various Detroit made products. Kids can play with a few toys they have displayed outside of the store.