Cherry Blossoms, one thing I have learned about them is that if you want to see them, you have to do it on their schedule. A couple of years ago I dragged Jim all the way to Washington DC to see them, not a blossom in sight and first stop was to buy toques, it was so cold. Last year I discovered that we have lovely cherry blossoms in High Park, oops, by the time I found out they had come and gone. Next step was to open my calendar and put an entry in starting in the middle of April to start watching for cherry blossom time. They actually have people at the park who let you know to the day when they are starting and when they are at their best. This is the blogTO link with the schedule.
Monday morning comes, beautiful day,I had such a fun weekend hosting a wedding shower for Stephanie with Rachel that I wanted the fun to continue. The blossoms are at their peak, the sun is shining and the temp is +12. So off I go. Having lived in Etobicoke/Mimico for most of my childhood, I didn't pay a ton of attention to the map and decided to take Jane down. Everything was good until I turned right instead of left. I finally find a place to turn around and notice I am at Park Lawn Cemetery, having had too much coffee this morning, I figure this would be a good place to find the bathroom, surely there would be a chapel. I drive through the whole park, no chapel but come to the office. LOL Under the pretense of looking for a relative I ask them to look up Carl and Jean Carlson while I use their lovely bathroom. No Carl and Jean but they did have a Carl who passed away in 1938, this may be Jim's grandfather, will have to check next time.
I do my turn around and continue on my way. I actually read the blog and yes I read the part about don't try to park in the park. Take the subway. Well I presumed that was for the weekend. WRONG. There were cars parked all along Bloor St. and lined up to get into the park. No worries must be some pokey drivers. WRONG. A steady stream of cars from the top of the park to the bottom.
Not much to do, but poke along, watching all the people. There were group tours, school tours, musicians, very entertaining.
Having a nice feel for the park now, it seemed like a good idea to just park at Sunnyside, this way I get to see the water and have a better chance of finding my car. :) The first signs I see are tons for poison ivy and then this poor fellow who doesn't seem like he had a happy live, but someone is maintaining his little marker. Don't think I would have asked for a marker in a poison ivy field (note to friends).
Then my first glimpse of Grenadier Pond. So many memories. We used to skate on the pond, before climate warming, we also used to walk along the ice shelf on Lake Ontario.
Around now I also started running into, walkers, bikers, young, and old. 2 young women approached me with 1 to 2 year olds in their strollers and knapsacks on their chest with around 2 month olds in them. One of the moms was pushing the stroller with one hand. As I went by I smiled and peeked at the baby. Well the other hand was holding onto her breast as the wee baby was trying to latch on as the mom continued walking and chatting, and from my quick glance being quite successful. Definitely not what I expected to see LOL, but caused me to pause and say WOW, now that's coordination.
pond, the story definitely kept me safe for all these years.
Every spring we would go hoping to catch a glimpse of the beautiful swans, thankfully they are making a comeback, only a couple on the pond today, the rest were taking a break from the tourists down by the lake.
Every year when we had visitors over from Britain, High Park was the place to go. From the beautiful Grenadier restaurant to their amazing flower gardens and walking paths it almost equaled Niagara in favourite places to visit.
There are now beautiful pathways for walkers and bikers along the waterfront. They have done a nice job of cleaning up the lakefront here and allowing access for everyone to enjoy.
What a bonus, my walk ate up 682 calories, that should make up for my peanut butter and jam sandwich I ate on the way down.
There are around 5 places to visit the cherry blossoms in Toronto including a new one being planted this year at Woodbine Beach Park.
Next stop will be the apple blossoms at Pine Farms Orchards, I gather they are starting to bud.