What’s Bulldog to do when he can’t get away for a camping trip?

What’s Bulldog to do when he can’t get away for a camping trip?

I’ll tell you what he does! He cruises over to one of his fave city parks here in Central Florida and fires up the grill.

Sometimes he does the full monte breakfast; it’s always fun to fire up that two burner camp stove.

There are a thousand reasons why I don’t get to camp or hike nearly as often as I like; could be a work schedule issue. Could be a budget thing. Very often it’s because my fave campgrounds are all booked up.


The header photo for this post is of Downey Park on Orlando’s east side. This spot was very well-planned and put together and has way more grills than most parks. And even thought it’s usually mobbed–especially on the weekends–I usually have no trouble finding an available grill.

Lake Downey is a lovely spot on the eastern edge of the park; it’s a very nice place to take a photo or two. Or fifty or sixty. So here are a couple of photos I especially like of this corner of Downey Park.

I hope your week is off to a good start. I’m planning a beach getaway for later this week. Will let you know if I pull it off!



“Bulldog Ben” Basile


Photo credits Ben Lawrence Basile


Visited Downey Park in the Union Park Neighborhood Today

Visited Downey Park in the Union Park Neighborhood Today

One of the nicest spots on Orlando’s east side is Downey Park. It’s off Dean Road and can be seen from East Colonial Drive, a major artery in the O’do metro area. You get a great view of the park if you’re headed east bound on Colonial.

Today I took it upon myself to familiarize myself a little better with it; I’ve gone by a jillion times but I don’t think I’ve ever gone all the way through it in the more than half a century I’ve been in Orlando.

Very glad I did. Lovely place. It’s not one of our four parks in Orange Co. that feature camping, but it’s a very nice all purpose park and I know I’ll be visiting again.

Got several photos. Only fond of one of them right now, truth be told. So it’s the featured foto with this post. This was with my LG cell phone, will get more before long with the good cam. I will be back there in the near future.

Hope this posting finds you well. And I hope you’re taking some time to visit your Mother these days…


Photo credit Benjamin Lawrence Basile