It’s late January and my kids are starting to go crazy from cabin fever, bouncing off the walls and relentlessly aggravating each other (and their parents). Today was a gorgeous winter day, sunny and clear and bracingly cold, so we bundled up and headed down to Belle Isle for my first visit of 2016.
In addition to having a pretty boss playground for the kids, Belle Isle boasts a nice hiking trail on its eastern end. It takes you past the Livingstone Lighthouse, which is currently undergoing renovations, out to the water’s edge and along a narrow isthmus between Blue Heron Lagoon and a canal (I really wish the state DNR would extend the trail through the gold course to make a full loop, but whatevs). It’s a nice place to enjoy some open space, observe ice formations, gaze out to Peche Island, an uninhabited Windsor (Ontario) city park, and Lake St. Clair, and let the kids play with sticks and ice chunks to their hearts’ content.
Proof that winter brings its own brand of delights — even in Detroit.