The Genesee County Parks are best enjoyed up close and personal, using your own two feet, the two wheels of your bicycle or the four wheels of your chair. The health benefits of walking, running, riding and playing in the parks are undeniable. Clip a leash on your favorite 4-legged friend to accompany you, and you will feel like Nirvana is within your grasp.
Spending some time with nature in the parks is good for your physical health, and it's good for your mental health too. Yet, for most of us, demanding schedules pretty much restrict our time in the parks to before work, after work or, on weekends.
If your schedule is anything like mine, you spend way more time than you would like in your car. We drive to work, drive to attend meetings, we drive to run errands, and we drive to cross off from our to-do lists the hundreds of things that need to get done in our busy lives. But there is an excellent way to squeeze a little bit of park time into your day - especially if you spend part of that day in a car.
Given that the Genesee County Parks encompass 11,000 incredible acres in this county, it's likely that you'll pass near at least one of our 21 County Parks on your way from "here" to "there". Turn in, downshift to 15 mph or so, and enjoy a picturesque drive and a few minutes, all to yourself. Breathe, relax and enjoy the beauty.
James Bassett Drive, the Parks road that links Genesee to Coldwater Road and the entrance to Bluegill Boat Launch, is one of my favorite spots. Turn off the radio, roll the windows down and listen to the birds and the bullfrogs sing. Relish the shade of the tree-lined lane. Revel in whatever wildflower is blooming that day, like these gorgeous, wild irises I spotted this week.
Arrive mentally refreshed and revived. Your blood pressure will thank you, and so will your co-workers! Have you got a favoritie drive-thru spot in a Genesee County Park? Tell us about it!