Sunday was earmarked to get on board with the outdoors exercise thing, so my son and I took a walk with the dog around the neighborhood and deciding that we really couldn't starve ourselves headed to the village of Liverpool to have cheese fries and a dog at Heid's of Liverpool.
Heid's is actually pretty infamous around the area and even the guy from the travel channel has made a visit to Heids for a hot dog and Cooney. The business has been around since sometime in the 30's and is right across the street from Onondaga Lake Park. The dogs are pretty good, but my son loves the cheese fries the best. These were slathered in cheese, so I was not as excited to eat them as I may usually be. Good thing for me, my families means to loose some weight and exercise has been an inspiration and I am taking this to heart to work on getting healthy myself.
After lunch my son and I took a trip to Onondaga Lake Park. This park is actually a pretty neat little part of the community and hosts a multitude of events throughout the year. There have been several marathons, a ton of healthy Saturday mornings of Zumba on the grass, volleyball games, baseball, rollerblading, walks, biking and in the summers they open the road up for even more miles of movement. It is also host to the yearly lights on the lake event, summer concerts, a yacht club, boating, some fishing, archery, team events, picnics, playgrounds, a tram, dog walking trails, a skate park, bike rentals, but NO swimming.The lake itself has been considered as one of the most polluted lakes in the country. Central NY has been making big strides at cleaning the lake and making it more accessible for the community. I am not sure if it will ever be clean enough to swim in, but it is a pretty lake just the same. Years ago the park was home to an amusement park(Long Branch Amusement Park) and boosted a multitude of tourist attractions that attracted people as far away as NY city. The invention of the automobile as well as pollution of the lake decreased the popularity and the park fell to ruins.The actually carousal from the once popular amusement park has been restored an now delights children and adults alike at Destiny Mall. (Once called Carousal Mall). I just love history around these old parks and took a little bing trip to some of the parks located in the CNY area of the past. I knew there was also a park called Suburban Park. It was located in Manillus NY and long gone. I never had the opportunity to view either Suburban or Long Branch Park as they were just a memory when I came around, but when I was a child I do remember going to Roseland Amusement park very vividly. It was closed for many years and no longer is an amusement park, but is home to a waterpark. So where was I, apparently I took a long side bar. Anyways, I have always loved to learn about the history of these things and I think it is pretty neat. It would be pretty cool to have them around today. The large playground has been our most favorite part of the park, and my youngest was not going to let the opportunity pass him by.
The new fangled teeter-totter.
Located within the park is a museum holding tribute to the regions best know resource. SALT! I attempted to encourage my son to take a quick peek in the museum, but he was ready to end the trip and head to our next Liverpool destination. Syracuse is know as the Salt City due to this resource. For a while last summer when the head shops were stocked with the "legal" drug called bath salts, our lovely city of Syracuse became the Bath Salt city. What an awful mess that was.
We discussed the idea of sometime coming back and renting a family bike and riding down the parkway. They have this really cool bike called a quadricycle that seats four or a conference bike that seats 7 and is circular. It's really neat. I have plans to return to the Salt Museum myself.
After leaving the park we headed just up a block or two to the Liverpool Library. I just love this library and my son checked out the movie Shiloh as he had just finished reading the book in school. We lucked out and both the first and the second movie were available. Ready to end the day we headed home, watched Shiloh and had a nice low fat dinner.
The Liverpool fun does not stop here. Yesterday I worked at Vera House and as it so happens I met yet another employee. Her name is Rosanne. She just graduated with a Masters degree in Leadership counseling and has her own private practice. She endured my life story and where I am in my life right now and showed some great support. She invited me to attend her place called Metamorphosis and suggested that I might be interested in attending a meditation ceremony that was being held that evening. I am a FAILURE at meditation, but was intrigued, especially when she reported that the price is FREE, that the monthly telecast speaker would actually be present for the meditation that evening and it was located right in Liverpool. The center for this special medication series is called The Liverpool Art Center and I had never heard of it. It is an art studio where one can take classes, but it also offers meditation classes, therapeutic art and drum sessions. (Not sure what the drumming is all about.) The whole thing sounded cool, and different, so I thanked Rosanne, took her business card and figured if my hubby didn't work I might check it out. Well I decided to go, and I had an enjoyable time. Below are pictures of the art center building. I wished I had gotten a picture of the Buddhist Monk who lead the meditation, but I felt funny asking. Maybe there is some weird thing about pictures like the Amish, what do I know. I met the art center's owner and she reported that she is getting married on Sunday and the presenter was doing the ceremony. The presenter's name is John Bruna and he is the director of Way of Compassion Foundation. (going to google/bing it) WOW way cool. He has another workshop tomorrow. Very stoked! Also very cool and why some of what he might have said resonated with me is he is in recovery. How very awesome. He held a weekend retreat last weekend, would have like to have attended. PS. He apparently is okay with pictures as there is one on his website. Google The way of compassion foundation and it should take you there.
WOW. Long blog and I need to examine other parts of my life so I guess I will leave it with that.