One of the perks about our nice weather? Being able to spend time outdoors without bundling up! I love being able to get outdoors, but especially if the sun is shining and it’s not too warm or too cold. We did a combination walk/bike excursion at the park, which worked …except my son is pretty quick on his balance bike. Next time, I may consider bringing along my bike so I can do a better job of keeping up!
All the photographs in this post were taken at the Mill Creek Park in Dexter, Michigan. It’s been fun to see the improvements and changes that have taken place over the past several years. The park has also undergone a name change — it used to be Warrior Creek Park. The dam was removed to allow for a return to more natural creek conditions, and a pedestrian bridge was created to connect the park, via about 5 miles of trail, to Hudson Mills park. A stairway (with bike ramp!) now allows visitors to get from the park up to Alpine street (where the Library and Farmer’s Market are located). There are also boat launches for kayaks/canoes.
We haven’t gone the full length of the trail yet, maybe halfway — but it really has been nice to use the wide trails and boardwalks for getting outdoors. Here are some photographs of our park excursion. On this particular day, we also ventured to “downtown” Dexter as my toddler wanted to go up the ramp/pathway when we were on our way up to the library for storytime.
Fortunately I had allotted enough time for the scenic detour (usually we use the stairs right next to the libary). In the images below, you’ll also find we stopped at the playground — long enough to go down the slide, have mama give an “underdog” or two on the swing, and find a prize pine cone that later accompanied us home.
In case I haven’t made it obvious, I really love being outdoors. It was so fun to identify birds, their songs, look for fish and frogs, and read some of the new informational signs that were placed in the park when it was updated. So, anyways, make sure to check out the images a little further on (click on any image to open in gallery mode).
Portraits at Mill Creek Park in Dexter
Dexter’s Mill Creek Park is also great for portraits! I have enjoyed creating family photos, high school senior pictures, and portraits of toddlers all in various areas of this park. Here are some favorites from a few sessions to give you an idea of what we’ve done in the past. Make sure to check out one senior portrait in particular; it will show you what the park looked like prior to the construction of the pedestrian bridge!
Mill Creek Park Scenes and Snapshots
And back to our park excursion photographs… here are more images of Mill Creek Park, the boardwalk, and our fun in the sun on a wonderful spring day!
By the way, my son loves his fireman balance bike (afflink). The balance bike is adjustable in height and has allowed him to really get the hang of balancing, gliding, and steering — all while zooming. It’s amazing to see the difference when we bring out a tricycle or other “vehicle” with pedals. Those pedals have been a source of frustration, whereas the balance bike is natural and freeing. Based on what success my friends have had with their kids and balance bikes, I anticipate an eventual smooth transition to a 2 wheel bike (with pedals) down the road, skipping training wheels completely!
Articles About Mill Creek Park
Here are some articles about Mill Creek Park — detailing the different stages of contruction, and the official Dexter Parks page. Links will open in a new window for your convenience.
- Dexter Parks
- Mill Creek Park Opens in Downtown Dexter
- Trail connects Dexter with Hudson Mills Park
- Dexter’s Mill Creek Park Grand Opening (2012)
- Mill Creek Park, Dexter, MI (Google Maps)
What About You?
Do you have any favorite activities when you go to the park? It seems like we always visit the playground, and we usually have at least the balance bike with us. On one trip to Mill Creek Park, we were blessed with an unexpected friendship when we met another mama! What’s your favorite part of being outdoors? Is it the wildlife? The scenery? The people you’re with? Do you have a favorite memory at a particular park?