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.

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

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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.

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Mt. Elliott Park Detroit

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

 

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Historic Fort Wayne, Belle Isle, and Detroit Gold Cup 2014 Qatar blow-over

Our family had a great day of exploring Detroit. We visited Historic Fort Wayne for the first time. The Medieval Days were going on and we wanted to do the 1:00 pm tour of Historic Fort Wayne. We paid $5.00 for parking. The tour was rescheduled for 2:00 pm when we got there so we decided to explore on our own this time and come back a different day for the guided tour.

We spent about 3 hours there. It kind of reminded me of a deserted Greenfield Village.  We love Greenfield Village and are currently members.

We walked and looked at the old barracks, tanks, walked along the water, toured the updated jail and met a few volunteers who graciously gave us some very interesting history we gladly soaked up. I highly recommend a visit to Historic Fort Wayne and look forward to our next visit. It is beautiful and blighted all at the same time and a definite must see.

 

An interesting side note I took my mom by Historic Fort Wayne where we passed Crawford Street. My mother yelled, “that is the street I grew up on!” She grew up at 821 Crawford. We passed over the expressway and found a fenced in vacant lot with many cars parked where her childhood home once stood. It had burned down many years ago. As soon as we turned down the street, I remembered the neighborhood.

After our memorable visit at Historic Fort Wayne, we decided to go to Belle Isle to see if we could see any Detroit Gold Cup races going on. No races were currently going on so we visited the James Scott Memorial Fountain.

As soon as we left Belle Isle after our fountain visit, we heard the races begin. My son begged us to stop. We found a small, free parking lot near Belle Isle off of Jefferson and parked. It was a great view near the races Belle Isle turn. On the third lap, we witnessed the blow-over of the Qatar hydroplane. It was scary for all to see. The driver came out and stood on his hydroplane. Everyone cheered him on excited that he was safe. This is our view of the Qatar blow-over at the Detroit Gold Cup 2014.

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