Madi and Mom

Madi and Mom
Down Home in NC

Friday, April 26, 2013

PARK DAY in Florida and N. Carolina

WELCOME TO THE FIRST ANNUAL PARK DAY IN
BLOGVILLE HOSTED BY FINN AND GIZMO


OMDs/OMCs I was invited to take a virtual park/beach excursion with Jake and Baby,my K9 buddies from Four Paws, Etc. Their Mom,  Mad Snapper, took our pictures.  Jake, Baby and their Mom are my official Mayoral Photographers. 
They live in Florida so I put on my sun bonnet. 

Packed up my back sack and off I went...


 Baby started off the tour with a trip to 
Hillsborough State Park.  I wish I had Spanish Moss on my trees.
Baby is a most beautiful and gracious lady.
We enjoyed watching the water gently flowing

an kept our eyes open for any cute guys!!

Jake took me to Fort Desoto Park at the beach...
He is so thoughtful we had a (red blankie my favorite color)
a girly umbrella and a cooler.  Jake is quite handsome and OMCs
look at his muscles

Before we let Jake suggested I hope on the post so I could see the ocean and feel the gentle breeze.

Jake and Baby this was a day I will never ever...no
never forget.  Thank you so very much for
being my BFFFs.

While I was gone Mom and Dad took a short ride over to the west side of Raleigh to visit 

Many years ago
Richard Stanhope Pullen donated 66.33 acres of farm land  to Raleigh for use as a park.  He called it an old cow pasture red and rocky. In 2010 Pullen Park closed for two years for a complete make over.  
In February of 2012 it reopened after a two year
renovation. The next picture is of the climate controlled
building which is the home to  the original carousel.  



Mom told me that at least four generations of her's and Dad's family have ridden on this
carousel.  She told me my human sister used to call it the round, round when she was a wee kitteh.

During the two year renovation the Carousel was painstakingly
revived to it originally glory. 
The carousel features 50 hand carved and hand painted animals.
It was accepted into the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.  Some of the animals move, some are stationary.
There are 30 horses and 20 other animals including
ostriches, rabbits, cats, pigs, a tiger, a goat and a lion. It even has kittehs with fish in their mouths.




Granted mom and dad did not hike in the woods but they 
hiked all over Pullen Park to enjoy 


 Many, many years ago the music for the carousel came from this beautiful
Wurlitzer. Today the music is automated.

38 comments:

  1. What a lovely day all of you had! The carousel at Pullen Park is lovely. Four generations have ridden it? That is remarkable. Thank you for taking us along on your adventure. XOXOXO from your bestest mancat, Prancer Pie.

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  2. Madi your friends are the best for taking you to some beautiful parks. WOW! I like you on that post. It's like a throne for our Mayor Diva.
    Blessings,
    Goose

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  3. How fun that you got to go to a park. Your host really took great care of you. I love the carousel your parents saw. I can't believe they have a kitty to sit on.

    Millie

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  4. Madi, you had a wonderful day at the park. It was really beautiful. I am so proud of you, getting out like that. I think you are kind of like me and like to just stay home. I will be around with the pizza truck, so look for me

    Loveys Sasha

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  5. What a great time you had Madi!! You sure do get around!! :-)

    wags
    Jazzi and Addi

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  6. Oh Madi, it looks like you had a great time with Jake and Baby at the beach. We hope you remembered your sunscreen. The park your folks visited looks like fun. We love carousels! That is amazing that four generations of your family have ridden on the carousel.

    Purrs,
    Cindi Lou & The Kitty Krew

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  7. What a great time you had on your virtual Park Day trip Madi. Gosh that Jake chap is quite something isn't he?
    Toodle pip!
    Bertie.
    PS Gail and I are thinking about your Mom and Grandpa. We are down in Nottingham again, and HGD is now very feeble in so many ways.

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  8. That carousel is very interesting. The ones we have here are mainly horses.
    Glad you had a fun time at the beach with Jake and Baby!

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  9. Wow we loved the carousel. What a pawsome virtual park trip Madi. Happy Park Day to you. Dogton Abbey is back on Monday.
    We are thinking of you and praying for Grand Pa.
    Take Care.

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  10. Wow I want to ride the tiger :o) What a great place :o) And this beach looks so like endless summer, wish I would be there too :o)

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  11. Love the 'no feeding the animals'...BOL!! Did it have the brass ring?

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

    Great walk in the Park.

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  12. i love carousels only here in the south we call the merry go rounds... i last rode one when i was 16 in Savannah GA.. i would love to see and ride this one, i want to ride the tiger....a great park to visit... and we enjoyed your visit with us Madi.

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  13. Oh Madi, thanks for coming out for Park Day! We really appreciate it! Hope all is going ok with you guys. I really love that carousel, what a pretty place your peeps got to visit.

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  14. We love that carousel, reminds me of when I was little, still little just older and little..LOL What a great park, just love it..Thinking of you Madi, Mom and family xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

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  15. No one wears a bonnet as well as you do, Madi. It looks like a wonderful day!

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  16. Woof! Woof! How SWEET of Sandra. Love the carousel. Happy PARK Day! Golden LOVE. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

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  17. Wow, Madi, both you and your humans had a great excursion! Awesome!

    Purrs and purrayers--have we missed a more recent update?

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  18. Thanks for the tour.

    I love carousels! I wish I could see this one. It's beautiful.

    I've been thinking about you all week Mom.

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  19. We just love that pic of you on the post Madi! Sure looks like you are enoying the breezes there! And of course, I really loved that park when I went there! Some mean old lady wouldn't let me watch the carosel though! DARN!
    Lovies to my BFFF, Miss Mindy

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  20. You look like you had lots of fun! The carousel is really beeYOUtiful. I can't believe there are kittehs on it! Are there any pups?

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  21. Jake and Baby were so nice to take you to the park, Madi. And a beautiful place too. We loved learning about Pullen Park - it must hold such dear memories for your Mom, especially at this time. We are all thinking good thoughts for your whole family.

    Hugs and Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning and Mom

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  22. Wow! You guys had the best park day ever and you are very well prepared, BOL
    Benny & Lily

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  23. Madi, you had a beautiful day in the "virtual park"!
    Jake is handsome!
    And then to have wonderful pictures of the renovated park, complete with
    carousel...absolutely great craftsmanship!
    Thanks for taking us there!
    Hugs and nose taps,
    Kathy & Molly

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  24. Whoa BOY... WHOA. Hi Mayor Madi... I was riding my HORSE around to the parks and just happened to spot you on the tall Post there. I know you have ridden on that super Carosel butt would you like to hop up on my trusty HORSE and take a ride around the park with me?? We could try and find Sasha's Foodables truck. I would Love to share a Possum Scroll Up with you. WHOA BOY... Here, give me your Paw and I'll help you up behind me..

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  25. What a lovely beach picture and that carousel was beautiful...mom would have puked on it...but it is still pretty....she is really not much fun at all!
    stella rose

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  26. What a fun adventure, gorgeous Madi=you rock, girl!!...Praying for your family...Have a fun weekend, dear friend...xoxo...Calle, Halle, Sukki

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  27. What a beautiful day you had. Maybe we will see you at the Pizza Truck!
    hugs
    Bailey, Hazel & Greta

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  28. Wow Madi, all those places look awesome! My people sister would go crazy for that round round.

    love,
    Reuben

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  29. madi,,, yur hike day iz way awesum...veree nice oh jake N baby ta hike along two ....we LOVES de beach...hope ya getted a wee bit oh fishin in...N we wanna ride de carosel...de tiger !!! hope yur week end iz az good az can bee

    keep de chalk a way frum yur mom :)
    XOXO

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  30. Wows!!! What a great time!! That sure was nice of Jake and Baby to show you around Florida! That is one beautiful Carosel Madi!! Very cool.
    {{{{hugs}}}} and Kisses,
    Ruby

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  31. WOW Madi, that is so cool that you got to go bark in the park!

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  32. Madi, you rocked that pretty hat! Are you sure you're not a Southern Girl?

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  33. Mayor Madi thank you so much for allowing Finn & I to hold Blogville's Park Day...It's been a pawsome day and I've seen so many wonderful new parks with so many furriends...I loved your Florida tour and guess what...I've hiked that trail at Hillsborough State Park more than once! I haven't been to Ft. DeSoto yet, but Momz sez this summer we will...Pullen Park Carousel is about the most beautiful one Momz has ever seen...And it's great to have a place with such meaningful family history...you don't find that much anymore...Time to head back to Sasha's now for some more pizza and a beer!

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  34. Hey Madi!
    Wow, this is such a pawesome day for Blogville furiends to get together! Love your virtual park day. Your bonnet is so very pretty and I bet the ocean breeze was wonderful. I'll meet you over at Sasha's truck for a snack!
    Grr and a Starving Woof,
    Sarge, Park Ranger

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  35. What a lovely trip and adventure Madi.
    *love & hugs*

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