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Tour de Parks Finish Line: Climbing Mount McKinley

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.

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Red Carnation

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.

The Ascent

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.

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The Starting Line At Base Camp

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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

Level 1

The View From Plateau #2

Level 2

Here is the McKinley Museum from Plateau #2

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Here is President McKinley’s statue on Level 2. I walked down several steps in order to get this shot.

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This picture shows the words on the base of the statue.

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Plateau #3

Level 3

We are on Plateau # 3 looking up at Plateau #4 and the monument.

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The View From Plateau 4

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Part of a sign at plateau #4

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The skylight at top of inside the dome

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Quote

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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

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Eagle below the words “victories of peace.”

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The door to the monument. Yes, that is my reflection.

Back At Base Camp

Well here we are back at base camp.

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The header of the monument shot from base camp.

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The End

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.

Canton, OH

I leave you with a view of the building tops in downtown Canton, OH taken from the 4th plateau.

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10-10-2011_3by5Michele 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.

Weekend Wisdom: Wall

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Old Wall – Monument Park, Canton, OH (Oct 2014)

What a dear old wall that is that runs along by the river there! I never pass it without feeling better for the sight of it.

Such a mellow, bright, sweet old wall; what a charming picture it would make, with the lichen creeping here, and the moss growing there, a shy young vine peeping over the top at this spot, to see what is going on upon the busy river, and the sober old ivy clustering a little farther down! There are fifty shades and tints and hues in every ten yards of that old wall. If I could only draw, and knew how to paint, I could make a lovely sketch of that old wall, I’m sure. I’ve often thought I should like to live at Hampton Court. It looks so peaceful and so quiet, and it is such a dear old place to ramble round in the early morning before many people are about.

~Jerome K. Jerome, Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog), 1889

The “Tour de Parks”

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Monument Park, Canton, OH

I am still a part of the Faithful Finish Lines fitness program. The program is built on 4 pillars –  faith, eating, exercise and mission. It emphasizes taking small steps toward your goals instead of making drastic changes at once.

We get motivational emails from Sara Borgstede, fitness plans from Jill Csillag and have online chats via Facebook. The women in this group are wonderful faith-filled, grace-filled women. This past winter took a toll on everyone in at least one of the 4 areas.

My fitness goal was the Groundhog Day Marathon that would run from 2/2 to 2/28 and take place at the mall. I was to park in the same spot, at the same time every morning, put my parka in the same locker, and walk the mall the same way every day and take a selfie in the same spot.

Groundhog Tracks - 2/2/15

Groundhog Tracks – 2/2/15

Well February in Northeast Ohio was what I was afraid it was going to be – crappy and not safe for driving. Also, I started back at my seasonal call center job and between those two happenings the Groundhog Day Marathon was grounded (pun intended).

Round 3 Fitness Goal

Round 2 has come and gone and no need for looking back and dwelling on what did not happen instead it is time to move forward. For round 3, my fitness goal is the Tour de Parks where I will walk one park in Northeast Ohio every weekend.

Ground Rules

I pick:

  • the park,
  • the day,
  • the time,
  • the camera settings

One of the things I found when I walked the mall for Round one’s fitness goal, I walked too fast. This time I am bringing my camera and taking pictures for a weekly blog post. Taking pictures will slow me down, help me enjoy being in the moment and let you walk beside me.

The Tour de Parks ends on April 25th.

North Park, Brunswick, OH

North Park, Brunswick, OH

Weekend Wisdom

The posts for this weekend will feature pictures from one of the parks I visited last year during my 31 Days of Autumn in Ohio series that ran on OgleOhio.com. (Today’s pictures are also part of the ones taken for the series, but were not featured on OgleOhio.)

See you Saturday for Weekend Wisdom and next Wednesday for the first installment of Tour de Parks.

The best picture from my weekly park walk will be featured on my photography blog OgleOhio.com.

Weekend Wisdom: Vince Lombardi

I close out this edition of “Weekend Wisdom” with quotes from the greatest football coach – Vince Lombardi

The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.

Vince Lombardi 

I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious.

Vince Lombardi 

The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but in rising again after you fall.

Vince Lombardi 

Teamwork is what the Green Bay Packers were all about. They didn’t do it for individual glory. They did it because they loved one another.

Vince Lombardi 

Weekend Wisdom: Prior Football Hall of Fame Inductees

Today’s “Weekend Wisdom” comes from prior inductees.  Click on each man’s name for more information.

Football is an incredible game. Sometimes it’s so incredible, it’s unbelievable.

Tom Landry

“You go for it. All the stops are out. Caution is to the wind, and you’re battling with everything you have. That’s the real fun of the game.”

Dan Dierdorf

(Canton, OH native)

“Success isn’t measured by money, power or social rank.  Success if measured by your discipline and inner peace.”

Mike Ditka

“Difficulties in life are intended to make us better, not bitter. “

Dan Reeves

“I don’t know any other way to lead but by example.”

Don Shula

“I loved the game.   We played because we loved it.”

Jim Brown

Weekend Wisdom: Pro Football Hall of Fame Kick-Off

Since I was born and mostly raised in Canton, OH, (we moved when I was 12) it seemed appropriate that “Weekend Wisdom” should be about football.  The 50th Football Hall of Fame activities  officially kick off today, so I decided to kick off “Weekend Wisdom” early.

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I found this quote from Phyllis Diller  that explains why football is not played by women.

The reason women don’t play football is because 11 of them would never wear the same outfit in public.

Phyllis Diller 

Come on ladies….you know it’s true!         😉