Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The D&D Park

I'm back from vacation, and getting caught up.  We spent a week in southern Illinois, right near the Kentucky border, where the in-laws have a house on one of those large lakes in coal mining country.  Spent some time boating, fishing, swimming, that kind of stuff - a real break from the daily circus.

If you find yourself in the vicinity of Carbondale, Illinois, here's something to check out, particularly if you have kids:  the Boo Rochman Memorial Park.  It's a free park out on Giant City Road; instead of jungle gyms and merry-go-rounds, the park apparatus is a large, maze-like wooden castle with multiple levels.  There are places to sit and have lunch, and plenty of shady areas with various D&D-themed statues as well (wizards, druids, dragons, tombs, guys in the trees, and so forth).  Naturally the three kiddos convinced me to play a few rounds of hide-and-seek in the large castle.  Here are some pics of the place:

It's a private park, open to the public, and a placard indicates the park was created as a memorial to a son who died young - probably right out of high school.  If you find yourself in the vicinity of SIU, it's worth a drive out to the park, especially if you have kids.  What an awesome way these folks have chosen to remember their son - bringing a little happiness to kids everywhere that love wizards, dragons, knights and castles.