Monday, September 3, 2012

Labor Day: Not Just About Barbecuing?

 
 
Today is Labor Day and, according to information found on the U.S. Department of Labor website, Labor Day is "dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country."

Labor Day is also a day in which we celebrate the end of the summer season, since school starts about this time.  (Our summer is "bookended" by Memorial Day at the front end...)

Naturally, as good Americans, many of us celebrate this holiday by doing what? Well, we have barbecues, of course! 

Over the years our family, from youngest to oldest, has grown to love this picnic area in Bailey Canyon Park, as we have a family gathering here each summer.  There are two picnic tables, a barbecue, and a decent amount of shade.  There's even a nice fire ring at the other end of the park (which requires a permit...).

At the entrance to the picnic area is a large rock, with a plaque that says the following:

HENDERSON PICNIC AREA
 
DEDICATED TO THE LOVING MEMORY OF
JOHN HENDERSON AND HIS SON MATTHEW
 
ON MARCH 6, 1994 THEIR
LOVE OF THESE MOUNTAINS
TOOK THEM INTO BAILEY CANYON
WHERE THEY WERE SWEPT AWAY BY 
FLASH FLOOD-DEBRIS FLOW
 
PRESENTED BY THEIR LOVING FAMILY

Kinda makes you want to spend the day with your family, whenever you can, doesn't it?  Maybe our barbecues aren't so frivolous, after all. 



14 comments:

  1. Sad, but it is a beautiful spot and hopefully they were doing what they loved. Enjoy your day whatever you decide to do.

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    1. Hi Randy, I believe that they were doing what they loved. I hope you enjoy your day too. Me? Barbecue with the family! :)

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  2. Oh, that *is* sad, but touched by the way the family remembered them. Hope you have a great day with family and BBQ (ultimate Labor Day activities!)

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    1. I think it's really nice, too. Thanks - I did have a great family day. Hope you enjoyed the day, too. :)

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  3. How lovely, Adele. You have yourself a super day!

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    1. Thanks, LOL! I did, and hope you have a good week!

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  4. It's a great park. Today, probably a bit smoky.

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    1. Definitely a great park. You know, we walked up to Grandview and Santa Anita this morning, and there was no smoke. Weird...

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  5. Happy labor day to you and your family.

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    1. Thank you, Jean! Hope you enjoyed the day.

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  6. I did the family time Friday. It's a labor day for me today. Hope you had a lovely time in a lovely canyon

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    1. Glad you got to have some family time. It was a nice day - thanks!

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  7. I haven't been there, but I do love a good barbecue.

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