Sometimes the simplest things turn out the best.
We were riding through the Valley this summer when we decided we should probably eat something. It was one of those days — we’d had brunch because we slept late, had a couple of cups of coffee along the way and, although it was getting to be time to eat, we really weren’t all that hungry. Plus it was hot, so we didn’t really feel much like eating. Then again, I knew Jake, our beloved dog with the time-to-feed-me internal alarm clock, was going to be wanting his supper. He’s always ready to eat, but especially around 5:30 p.m.
We were also looking for a Petro-Can station. I won’t go into the details, but let’s just say Steve is pretty fussy about what kind of gas he puts in his bike. My bike doesn’t have a huge gas tank, so I needed to fill up before we crossed back toward the South Shore.
Steve concluded there must be a Petro-Can near Greenwood. Turns out he was right (yes dear, I said you were right). But, more importantly, when we went looking for the gas station, we discovered Stronach Park. It’s a small public park just off Highway 1 as you turn toward Greenwood and it is absolutely lovely. It has a big parking area with lots of shade. Then you pass through a little gate and there’s this huge grassy bank with benches and picnic tables along a large duck pond, complete with a duck house and two fountains spouting water into the air.
So we grabbed a couple of sandwiches and cold drinks after filling the bikes, then settled in for a picnic. I had Jake’s food with me having learned a long time ago to always be prepared to feed our boy dog. It’s just so much easier sometimes to feed him, than to try to survive those pleading dark eyes if he decides he’s being hard done by in some way.
We all filled our tummies, then enjoyed the park. Steve took Jake (or did Jake take Steve?) on a short walk along a nature trail behind the park, then Jake and I strolled along the edge of the pond looking at the ducks.
It was a lovely way to spend an hour, relaxing and enjoying the outdoors. Stronach Park, at least for us, was a hidden gem.