More rain overnight. But it stopped by morning, and I got out and got my run in.
Then we got ready to join our friends at 10:00 for the drive downtown where we would park and then do part of the RiverWalk Culture Trail. Ed & Lynn and Ann followed us (Roy stayed behind to deal with some computer issues, but would join us for lunch later).
There was no one else in the parking lot next to the NIBCO Water & Ice Park near McCarthy's where we had dinner the other night.
Linda looked at the map that we got at the campground, and planned our route.
We did the RiverWalk District, Island Park, and the Garden District. We skipped the downtown A & E (Arts & Entertainment District) on this tour.
There are two rivers that converge in Elkhart, the Elkhart River ....
and the St. Joseph River.
We walked north along the Elkhart River looking at some of the sculptures and fountains.
I wandered off path just a little to get a shot of this old mural.
We then crossed one of the many bridges and continued north.
We walked to the St. Joseph River where there is an island in the middle of the river .... appropriately named Island Park.
We crossed the blue bridge into the nice little park. There was an old plaque in the middle.
The plaque offers a possible explanation for how Elkhart got its name. It says that it was passed down through "Indian legions that the form of the island resembled an Elk's heart", thus Elkhart.
Now, I doubt the the Indians had an overhead view like on our map, but from the map the island looks more like a liver than a heart. We could have been standing in Elkliver, Indiana. :)
We continued across a bridge over the St. Joe's at the opposite end of the park.
We walked east to the Garden District and came to Ruthmere, a mansion built in 1910 by the Beardsley family, the founding family of Elkhart.
On the east lawn of Ruthmere is a "quilt garden".
We continued walking along admiring the historical houses in the Garden District.
A block west of Ruthmere, we came to the Havilah Beardsley House.
In 1831, Dr. Havilah Beardsley purchased land at the junction of the Elkhart and St. Joseph's Rivers from Indian Chief, Pierre Moran and founded the city of Elkhart.
At the Beardsley House, we walked north for a couple of blocks to the Wellfield Botanic Gardens.
The Gardens were just opening, and we decided to pass on entering.
So we back-tracked south down Main Street toward the rivers and downtown.
We crossed the four-lane bridge, ....
and then turned back east where we went through Island Park again walking the north side of the loop that we skipped before.
We exited the park across the bridge in the southeast corner to the Lundquist Bicentennial Park ....
and then made our way back to the Elkhart River where we took the path south along the east side of the river back to our vehicles.
It would have been nice to have some sunshine, but the clouds kept the temperatures reasonable in the humidity, and we had a very pleasant three-mile walk on this quiet Sunday morning.
Most of downtown is closed on Sunday, so our plans to walk to a restaurant and have lunch didn't work out. Instead, Ann suggested Grandma's House of Pancakes on the south side of town and Roy would meet us there.
Grandma's was packed as few other restaurants were open. We waited for awhile, but eventually got a table. Four of us ordered breakfast for lunch.
The two-egg breakfasts all came with four eggs. The omelets on the menu are all five-egg omelets. The prices were very reasonable.
Linda got two eggs (which were actually four), hash browns, bacon, and pecan pancakes. Now Linda isn't as much of a pancake fan as I am, but she raved about her pecan pancakes. In fact, she left hash browns, eggs, and bacon uneaten in order to take on most of her pancakes. :)
So, we had a nice meal together and then we went our separate ways back to the campground. Linda & I made a couple of stops at the local Goodwills and I picked up some khaki slacks since the ones I have are now too big for me. Two pairs for six bucks total.
Back home, Linda worked on the Fall Rally. We had three last-day-of registration sign-ups, and she's doing some final touches on evening programs.
I worked on financials. Hopefully, I'll get August financials posted on Tuesday. July & August have been funky because of our trip to Canada and having the RV at the paint shop.
Well, that about wraps it up for another day. Have a great Labor Day! :)