366 days ago (thanks, leap year) Daniel Hoyt Olfelt and I officially started our new life together. Since that day we have been working to find things we both equally enjoy: movies, meals, TV shows, activities, dates, restaurants…
Yesterday, as we were celebrating our first anniversary, I think we finally found that illusive equally enjoyable date activity. Enter: Cantigny Park. It is the estate of the former Col. Robert R. McCormick, a very rich man who was once the publisher of the Chicago Tribune. This is what it looks like walking onto the property on a beautiful spring day:
From the parking lot you see blooming trees, ponds, fountains, bridges and garden areas to tour. I was ecstatic to spend a day exploring the sprawling gardens of colorful flowers with my husband. Then we turned the corner, and took in this sight:
That’s right, hidden among the formal and rose gardens is the “tank park” full of at least a dozen assorted artillery tanks, complete with plaques describing the types of war-fare they were used for. Those two relate, right? Army vehicles and well manicured gardens? The real question is, would Dan be able to resist climbing these once-used army tanks, even in his church clothes?
Somehow, I too got sucked into the action, also mindless of my church apparel. Check out the shadow; my feet are so way off the ground :).
The moral of the story is: whoever came up with the idea of mixing army tanks with tulip gardens is a brilliant, brilliant person. Normally, Dan would have obliged but only been moderately excited about wandering the grounds of a billion dollar estate, but throw in some interactive tanks and he is a happy man. Place me in the middle of an army-themed park and I may play along for a while, but sprinkle it with ranunculus (pretty flowers), water features and walking paths and I’m just giddy. So here’s to you, super creative park designer person!