Wednesday, March 18, 2009

caregiving on the Conodoquinet

When it is sunny and 67°F (19°C) in mid-March you just have to make it an “outing” kind of day no matter what your care situation.

For us, not only an outing but an 'adventure', somewhere we had never been before. I am the first to say this is rarely a good idea when a wheelchair is involved, but I was in the mood to create accessible if need be.

Discovering the 18 acres of Willow Creek Park tucked into a bend of the Conodoquinet Creek was like finding a hidden treasure.

Most eclectic place, old tree stumps and trunks are carved into tree art.

Returning in Patti’s all terrain scooter this will be entirely accessible. Paths through the wet land sanctuary are paved environmentally friendly with wood chips. Patrick’s ‘rickshaw service’ navigated the terrain while giving Patti a reverse view from her wheelchair.

We found an abandoned Willow Mill Speedway, a racing track for elves as best we could only guess. Whatever we did a couple laps for exercise with me pushing Patti then let Patti try a lap herself.

Even the maintenance buildings have been touched by the brush of a bemused painter.
Pavilions are accessible and the latest in wheelchair accessible picnic tables are available throughout the park.
Though just sitting and taking the time to loose your self in the sounds of a creek gurgling by is a gift money cannot buy.

Caregivingly Yours, Patrick Leer


  1. Hi Patrick,

    Great photos felt I was there sittimg next to Patti looking at the water flowing by.


  2. Sounds like an absolutely perfect outing! (Hugs)Indigo

  3. what a neat place to explore and visit! sounds like a wonderful place for an almost-spring outing!



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