|Foghorn, with the remains of a Slush Puppy on her lips.|
When Cincinnati's weeks-long 90+ degree heat wave finally came to an end, it did so in style. We were blessed with a handful of days of low humidity, moderate heat, and gorgeous skies. Sounds like a good combination for an outside adventure.
|Overlook facing the river.|
We took The Inmates to Alms Park in Cincinnati, located on the top of Mt. Tusculum. The 93 acre park is nearing its 100th anniversary and has gorgeous views of Lunken Airport, the Ohio River, and the hills of Kentucky. There are a couple of overlooks that are worth the trip by the themselves. There are picnic tables if eating outdoors is your thing, as well as large lawns for spreading out blankets, and beautiful flower beds splashing color here and there.
|View of Lunken Airport.|
By the way, the slide is fun going forward with a friend...or backwards alone...
Alms is also a favorite park of mine because of the pavilion. It was completed in 1929, inspired by the Italian renaissance, and is the perfect place for a kid to indulge in some imaginary play. For adults it happens to also be a popular location for weddings and formal portrait sittings. From the upper floor you can take in the spectacular views or, as Chester did, do your Eva Peron imitation. ("Don't cry for me Argentina....") Downstairs is another large open area, which Foghorn labeled the "ballroom" and insisted someone dance with her. Uncle Chester offered but was quickly turned down with a sneer. The Professor wanted no part of his sweaty little sister, so The Warden and Foghorn did the tango around the room, in full view of a family of four.
|The 1929 Pavilion.|
|Nicholas Longworth's underground wine cellar.|
A map of the area around Alms Park can be found here. Please be aware that the park road circles around the pavilion/playground area and is one-way. Parking is allowed on the left side of the road only. More history of the park can be found here.
Additional photos of our day at Alms Park can be viewed through my Flickr account here.
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