The Daffodil Festival kicked off this weekend, beginning with a massive tag sale under the tent.
An unintended benefit of the Daffodil Festival, for me at least, is I get a considerable number of extra visits to my blog as people search for info on Hubbard Park!
Visit #1133, Saturday 21 April 18, 6:45-9:20AM, 2.9 miles.
Temps in the 40's, sunny.
I got an early start on Saturday to avoid any parking headaches in Hubbard Park.
Last week I reported finding some new graffiti on the spillway at the north end of Merimere Reservoir. This week, I wanted to remove the graffiti, but first I would head to the walkbridge over I-691.
Two weeks ago, I found the American flag on the bridge over the eastbound lanes of I-691 had been removed, probably because it was getting tattered with age. Last week while driving along I-691 eastbound, I noticed a new flag was in place and wanted to document it.
So there you go; a nice new flag.
But there's always got to be that ONE FLOWER that marches to the beat of its own drummer. I get a kick out of this daffodil all by its lonesome on the trail, which never fails to strut its stuff proudly despite being a loner. I can relate.
So I reach the bridge, photograph the flag, and before I turn around to leave I'm confronted with a slew of new graffiti on the bridge ironwork. Some of it may be unreadable due to the shadows, so I've provided captions where necessary.
"I'll give you gas $ if you hit me with your car"
That's a lot of ink I didn't expect to encounter and it caused me to recalibrate.
Ah, but I was prepared and excited to try out my refined technique. I now carry both sandpaper of a proper grade to work on graffiti, and I carry Goof-Off.
I sprayed Goof-Off on everything except the first piece of graffiti and while the liquid softened up the enemy, I used plain sandpaper on the first piece. If I sanded the paint while still wet with Goof-Off it would gum up the sandpaper, so I would wipe it with a rag prior to sanding. Worked beautifully, and took about 30 minutes to complete everything on the bridge.
Here's the result after Goof-Off but before sanding.
After some sandpaper and elbow grease.
Everything else cleaned up nice as well.
I addressed everything, then turned around and headed back to the park, dropping of my first bag of litter.
I then hopped in the van and drove to Berlin and parked north of Merimere Reservoir. I walked in to Hubbard Park from the north end to address the graffiti on the spillway.
"I Love America" (Anyone see irony in this?)
I donned my coveralls and performed more unpainting.
My tools laid out for work.
This work went quickly and after I was done, I picked up litter in the area surrounding the spillway, and took it home to dispose of.
Next week the Daffodil Festival will be in full-swing so if festivals are your thing, Hubbard Park will be the place to be!