Monday, August 23, 2010

A Condo Owner's Guide to the Weekend

Summer weekends in Minnesota are often tied to the yard - there's yard work and gardening, and of course, grilling out. Kiddie pool parties, sitting on the deck with a glass of wine, maybe a late night bonfire.
Well, as condo owners, we have no yard (we do have a small deck, which we can do a few, but not all, of these things). So what do we do when the weather beckons us outside, but we have no outside space of our own?
We go to the park. Our town has 15 parks, and three are within walking distance of our house. They all have playgrounds, for our son to climb, and picnic areas, so we can have dinner. We've even dragged our mini Weber to the park and "grilled out" there. Basically, we adopt the local park as our backyard in the summer. It's a little bit more of a hassle, and I'd love to be able to just head outside for a half hour here and there when it's hot, instead of trekking all the way to the park, but we make do. We're very lucky to live in a city with lots of outdoor space, which helps ease the annoyance over our lack of a yard.
And as an aside, I just adore going to the park. It's awesome having a kid now, because there's an excuse to go climb the playground equipment, go down the slides and swing in the swings. Before having Sebastian, I hadn't really been to the park since I was a teenager. It's fun to be a kid again.

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