July 9, 2018 – Walk Along Milwaukee River and Ninja Monkey Owen

We have taken a few walks around Firemen’s Park in Thiensville.  Here are a few shots.

I love this horizontal tree.

This small beach is just below the Thiensville Dam, which was built for a mill that is no longer there.

There are several dead trees in the river and hung up on the dam.

I noticed that one of them has sprouted a new tree.

There are so many daylilies here.  Most yards have a patch or two of them and they are growing all along the roadsides.  There are several patches in the woods around Jennifer’s house.

I have begun to call him Ninja Monkey Owen.

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Oil Change in Thiensville

Every time I go to Thiensville, I puzzle over the fact that it is a one-square-mile incorporated village within the town of Mequon.  I Googled that. Thiensville is older.  John Thien bought land and founded a village here in 1842. The territorial government established Mequon, completely surrounding the village in 1846. Thiensville was incorporated as a village in 1910.

We took the car to the dealer for an oil change and wheel alignment at 9:30 and started our walk.  The car dealer is just across the street from the little bridge over Pigeon Creek that we normally cross on our walks here.

b1 Sidewalk to Pigeon Creek
Sidewalk to Pigeon Creek Bridge

And, here is Pigeon Creek. It spills into the Milwaukee River just beyond the far bridge, which is Greenbay Road.

b2 Pigeon Creek

There is a pottery shop on the far side of the bridge.  This sculpture creation is next to the walkway. I rather like it.

b3 Pottery Sculpture
Pottery Sculpture

The opposite side of the walkway is lined with these flowers.

b4 Flowers Along Sidewalk

These flowers are growing along what I believe to be the millrace for and old saw mill.  The race is very long, so there could have been several mills of different kinds along it.

b5 Flowers Along Millrace

There is a small pond with a fountain (I suppose to keep the water cleaner) next to a footbridge across the millrace.  These flowers are next to the bridge.

b6 Flowers Next to Bridge

Here is the bridge that takes us to the  banks of the Milwaukee River.

b7 Bridge Over Millrace

We saw these people carrying their kayaks around the dam as we walked up the path.

b8 Kayakers Who Just Portaged Around Dam

This is the old dam. I must be about six or eight feet high. For some scale, there is a man fishing on the structure at the far end.

b9 Thiensville Dam

Here is the thing I’ve never seen before for today.  It’s a water fountain for filling your water bottle. That is the only picture I took in the park itself today.

b91 Fountain for Water Bottles

The next picture is when we were leaving the park, this bridge goes over the millrace next to the dam.

b92 Heading Back to Village

There were a number of people on the little river bank, several of them were fishing.

b93 Beach Below Dam

Some of the flowers along the path are quite tall.

b94 Fence and Flowers Along Trail

I asked my scale model, Andy, to stand next to some especially tall ones.

b95 Andy with Tall Flowers

b96 Flowers Along Path

There is a catering business along the path and they have a venue for weddings and other events.  There must have been a wedding there this weekend.
b97 Wedding Venue

b98 Purple Flowers Along Millrace

Here is the path as we were heading back to town, next to the pottery shop parking lot.

b99 Heading Back to Town

I had not noticed this large rooster sculpture next to the creek when we walked by the first time.
b991 Rooster Next to Pigeon Creek

The car was ready when we got back to the car dealer at noon.  We had covered the requisite five miles.