Memorial Day Weekend: Dog Parks, Bavaria & Mini Golf

Memorial Day Weekend: Dog Parks, Bavaria & Mini Golf

Even though we stayed in town for the holiday weekend, we were rather busy. Saturday morning we woke up early and took Kidd to Soldan’s Dog Park. It’s located in Lansing and is by far the best dog park in the area. We had to buy a key fob to gain access, but it was definitely worth it. It’s 15 acres and very well maintained. Plus, they have access to a private lake for swimming.

Kidd attempted to learn how to swim. There were a number of dogs swimming and he seemed to really dig the idea, but he couldn’t quite figure it out. Maybe next time. He would run out into the water as far as he could go and then he’d get stuck. So he’d resort to biting at the water. Such a weirdo. He had a blast though and he listened so well. Especially for Kidd. He tends to get overly excited and forget that he needs to listen to his mother.

That afternoon Ivan and I met my parents at the bike shop to pick out Ivan’s birthday/graduation present. My parents gave me a bike for my birthday and thought it would be a good gift for him as well. I think we’ll use them in DC a lot and they are just plain fun to ride.

That night we went out for a bike ride with my parents and got caught in an absolute downpour. We were about a mile and a half away from home when it started and by the time we got back inside I was soaked to the bone. It was kind of invigorating though – riding through the rain.

Sunday evening I headed over to Frankenmuth for the Hot Air Balloon Festival with my friend, Maurica. Unfortunately, once we got there we found out that they were not launching the balloons due to the windy conditions. It was a bummer, because I’ve never seen a hot air balloon take flight, but we still had a nice time walking around. There is a festival in Jackson, MI later this year that I might try and make it to instead.

They call Frankenmuth “Michigan’s Little Bavaria” because its this quirky German themed town. They’ve got lots of sausage, cheese and fudge shops. Because I guess that’s what Germany is all about ;)

Monday morning I went for bike ride down one of our local trails and then meet two friends for mini golf at a local golf course. It was my first time there and it was absolutely gorgeous. I’d definitely go back again.

The course was actual grass, which I’m pretty sure I’ve never seen for mini golf. Normally it’s astroturf.  I have to say, I’m kind of partial to the grass now. We played 18 holes and it was only $9 each. That’s cheaper than a lot of normal mini golf places and it was actually pretty challenging and fun.

That night we had a small BBQ with a couple friends who wanted to watch the basketball game. We grilled burgers, chicken & some brats. They left kind of late and I decided to forgo my Tuesday morning run. Hopefully I’ll have time to squeeze one in tonight before my friends arrive for wine night :)

What did you do this memorial day weekend?

  • oh what a bummer about the hot air balloon festival. i’ve never seen one take flight either. i think i would rather that vs actually going on one. i have also never seen any kind of mini golf putt putt thing with actual grass, so cool. lol @ kidd biting the water. hilarious!

    • Yeah, I was really excited about the idea of seeing them. I’m not so sure I’d want to go up in one. I’d rather skydive. I feel like with skydiving, you’re PLANNING on falling, so you’re prepared to fall. But.. a hot air balloon? not so much. And yes, Kidd is a total dork. Hopefully he’ll work out how to swim soon.

  • Fun weekend! I love summertime in Michigan!!!

  • Looks like a super fun weekend :) We went visiting my in-laws and procrastinating on getting my garage sale stuff together. Guess that leaves a busy week for me!

  • We had a nice time. We had a cookout and had over friends and family. We also put up a pool.

  • We take Roxy to the park often, but we don’t know of any do parks in our area. Looks like a good time.

  • What a weekend well spent. Amazing Memorial Day weekend indeed!

  • We didn’t do much for the long weekend. Just had a cookout and spent time with family and friends. Your weekend looked fun. I’ve lived in Michigan all my life and have never been to Frankenmuth. I really need to change that!

  • The lake at the dog park looks awesome!!