On March 24, 2015 Facebook introduced “On This Day“, a way to look back at content (photos and memories) that you shared on this date in the past on Facebook. I have used this feature several times, since it was rolled out on Facebook. Sharing On This Day memories in this blog, named “Days to Remember”, seems an apt thing to do. I will share On This Day memories from time to time. I hope that you enjoy my look back, when I do so.
The date was February 24, 2007. We spent the day at Presque Isle State Park in Erie, PA.
Our first stop was at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center (TREC), which is located across from the street from Waldameer Park.
The TREC, which opened its doors in late May / early June 2006, is the gateway to Presque Isle State Park. It was our first visit to the center. While at the TREC we climbed a 75-foot observation tower, viewed a few exhibits and attended a winter carnival.
As we entered the lobby of the main entrance the first things to catch my eye were three floor-to-ceiling towers. Each tower was filled with carved wooden scenes (with movable parts!) about Presque Isle.
A few other exhibits caught my eye as well. One exhibit called “Memories and Monsters” has the visitor walking through the middle of a HUGE fish into a small theater area. This exhibit takes you back in time to the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s when things were very different on Presque Isle. I didn’t take a picture of the “Memories and Monsters” exhibit during our visit in 2007. The exhibit, though, was still a part of TREC in February 2011, when my friends, Valerie and Paula, and I visited Presque Isle State Park.
There is an exhibit on the second floor that is devoted to birds and bird watching. Again, I didn’t take any pictures of the birds and bird watching exhibit during our visit in 2007. I did, though, take a picture of the exhibit in February 2011 during that visit.
We rode the elevator to the top of the 75-foot tall observation tower. We stepped outside and walked around the top of the tower. It was a gorgeous sunny day, and we enjoyed the spectacular panoramic view before us.
The main reason we stopped at the TREC was to attend a winter carnival. We enjoyed watching professional ice carving demonstrations and looking at the ice sculptures that were on display. We spent at least 30 minutes watching ice carving demonstrations.
A carnival wouldn’t be complete without at least one clown and a costumed character.
When we left the Tom Ridge Environmental Center we drove around Presque Isle State Park. Presque Isle takes on an entirely different look in the wintertime. We saw what appeared to be a village on ice, as we gazed upon countless ice fishing hots spread across the frozen waters of Lake Erie.
We stopped at Perry Monument. The walkway to the monument was covered with snow, many inches deep. We were able to walk across the snow, which was hardened, without falling through.
Along the Lake Erie shoreline ice dunes had formed.
There were signs throughout the park to stay off ice dunes. When ice dunes form, they’re not always a solid block of ice. They have a lot of air underneath them and they don’t hold a lot of weight, so anyone walking on them could fall through to the icy water.
We saw two dogs that appeared to be enjoying their visit to Presque Isle.
For some time I had wanted to take a picture of the Presque Isle Lighthouse from the roadway, rather than from the beach. The opportunity to take such a picture presented itself during our visit, as the lighthouse was not blocked by leaf cover!
What a nice memory from 9 years ago!