The Tour de Parks came to and end last week when I climbed Mount McKinley. I know, you are thinking Mt. McKinley does not exist anymore as it is now Denali.
Well Mount McKinley does exist in Canton, OH.
President McKinley was known as the red carnation president for always having one in his lapel. Then one day he gave his carnation to a young girl in a receiving line at the Pan-American Exhibition in Buffalo, NY. Moments later he was shot and passed away several days later.
Today we will be walking up 108 steps to the tomb of President McKinley, Mrs. McKinley and their 2 daughters, Ida and Katherine. You will see the park from each of the 4 plateaus.
Ready? Let’s begin at the base camp.
The Starting Line At Base Camp
The shadow is mine and will serve as my “selfie” for this post. I have a Moto X phone and unable to download photos to my computer because of the incompatibility with Windows 10.
The View From Plateau #1
The View From Plateau #2
Here is the McKinley Museum from Plateau #2
Here is President McKinley’s statue on Level 2. I walked down several steps in order to get this shot.
This picture shows the words on the base of the statue.
We are on Plateau # 3 looking up at Plateau #4 and the monument.
The View From Plateau 4
Part of a sign at plateau #4
The skylight at top of inside the dome
Let us ever remember that our interest is in concord, not in conflict; and that our real eminence rests in the victories of peace, not those of war.William McKinley
Eagle below the words “victories of peace.”
The door to the monument. Yes, that is my reflection.
Back At Base Camp
Well here we are back at base camp.
The header of the monument shot from base camp.
Well this is the end of my Faithful Finish Lines Tour de Parks program. I am still in the Faithful Finish Lines program and highly recommend it. In fact, I am working on my next goal which will focus on healthy eating for this 7 week period.
Grieving – Get A Buddy
The first year of widowhood is very, very tough and I wish I had this group with me in 2008 and maybe I would have been more active.
If you are grieving, find and exercise buddy and get moving. Hopefully, reading my Tour de Parks posts has inspired you to find different places to walk. I’ve enjoyed doing these walks and bringing pictures of God’s handy work here in Northeast Ohio.
I leave you with a view of the building tops in downtown Canton, OH taken from the 4th plateau.
Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© Award-Winner of JoyReturns.com. She encourages widows and educates society about grief and life as a widow by sharing her widowhood adventures. A graduate of Kent State University with a degree in communications, she has used her skills in the banking, collections, outdoor products and social media industries. Michele is a bookworm, lover of golden retrievers and an amateur photographer. You can see more of her photography at OgleOhio.com.