|Come along with me for a stroll|
Some of the stroll goes by the creek, some goes by thickets of brush and over a one lane bridge…
Here is looking north from my den, I hardly ever go that way, BOL! To go around that block is 4 miles…no sidewalks, and 55 mph speed limits for the cars…growlmy says no thank you!
This looks south from my den, and I walk here all the time.
There is an empty field across the street from my den, here is where I see those sandhill cranes and not a few Canada geese, too…or deer. At times hot air balloons land there, which gives me much cause to bark my head off!
We have a pond just up the road, it used to have a lot more water but right now it is more of a swamp. We can hear froggies there at night. Sometimes we can see herons fishing or a muskrat swimming. Or painted turtles sunning themselves on an exposed log or rock.
There is a school about a quarter mile from here, I have played in the yard there when it was better fenced. Right now it is being used as a gathering place for home schooled kids, as the public school system had to shut down the elementary school a few years ago…not enough pupils and too little $$…
We have a corner store. That used to be the Bedford Inn where stage coaches would stop on their way to Grand Rapids. Too bad its so run down…
|Bedford Inn - aka corner store and in the foreground the car sales place.|
We have a bar too, BOL! They make good burgers too, Yumm!
And a place to buy a car if you need a good used one!
|Need a car??|
|Having a sniff in the vines. Once there was a skunk in there, OMD! Not this time.|
|The creek at the bottom of the cliff.|
We have a church, but my peeps do not go to that one unless the weather is really bad. Their church is 25 Miles away, go figure. BOL!
|Bedford Bible Church|
There is a fire station with 2 engines and a large staff of volunteers. Hopefully they do not need to be called out. They do practice sometimes though so that they won’t forget their skills.
We have a Cemetery too. Its been there a furry long time…I can see some of the headstones from the street…growlmy won’t let me stroll through there…something about respect…
I got to bark and sniff with Willie, a large chocolate Lab. He wasn’t too interested in any romping though…sadly he has seizures and his boss lady says it makes him feel tired a lot. Poor Willie.
I didn't see Asa who lives next door...
We have a lodge…they make roast beef dinners there once a month and sometime a cookout. We have never been there…sheesh we are missing out on yummy noms!
|Looking back from where I already walked...Downtown Bedford! There is even a Post Office!|
|Looking northwards through my village|
At the lodge is where I no longer go north, but we turn west and go up this big hill. It is real slippery there in icy conditions.
|Not this way...that goes into town where pawppy & growlmy work...we need to make the turn...|
|We had to turn west and are going up this hill.|
|Pretty gardens and this beautiful Japanese Maple are some of the things we get to admire.|
We see a lot of pretty gardens along our stroll…and wild things too. Here are some wild blackberry bushes. I think later there will be a tasty crop on those canes.
Up the hill and stopping along the way to sniff, and watch for critters.
|I see something worth pointing at...|
|Hey! Those aren't real, BOL!!|
|Find the cardinal!?!|
|Wanna live this close to a creek??|
There is lots to sniff and a load of thickets and brush.
|All that for that fake heron, BOL! Sure looked real and barkable to me!|
Sometimes I need a break:
|Yummy grass, BOL!|
|Wait! What's that??|
A little ways further I met two pups who were guarding their yard! I haven’t met them offurcially, though…
Come to think of it, I didn’t see a lot of any critters, feline or canine or otherwise. They must have all been napping, growlmy says she went out rather late in the morning.
Sometimes we have seen turkeys, deer, coons, skunks, (OMD), martens, lots of turtles, and frogs…herons, etc, etc.Ducks and geese, too.
Well, then the back lane comes back out at the highway, and we go north again towards the village. We pass by the Old Bedford Mill. This was where the farmers of times gone by would bring their grain to have it ground into flour. It is in a furry bad state of dilapidation, and disrepair. It gets vandalized a lot too:(
Recently some naughty peep tried to burn it down, though most of the damage from that is at the back where we couldn’t see it. The creek runs under it, which is how it was powered.
|The entrance to Bedford Park. That rock is a war memorial marker.|
|Another narrow bridge and a fisher dude!|
|The Old Mill again|
This is also the area know as Bedford Park. You can have a picnic down there, or fish in the creek like the one dude was doing that particular morning. There is a nice playground too for wee ones. Lots of wedding and graduation parties are held there. Sometimes they even launch balloons form there…bark bark! I hate those things!
|Time for a drink.|
I stopped for a refreshment here…
Then I posed on a huge stump. That tree fell down in a storm a few years ago, and smashed up the fence. Wow!
Then I keep walking down that little side street, past the school yard again and back home.
Woofs! I see my den!
|Can I take my harness off now pawlease??!|
I hope you enjoyed this stroll as much as I did. Now go and have a good rest to recharge your batteries!