Like most Lehigh Valleyians, I took advantage of the unseasonably warm weather last weekend by taking a stroll through Ontelaunee Park, located just outside "downtown" New Tripoli.

Back in the day, way before my time, Ontelaunee had a pool, train rides, and even movies in the summertime. Throughout my childhood, the park was overgrown and the pool sat empty. Then, not too long ago, the pool and its surrounding buildings were demolished and life was breathed back into the park.

If you like to hike, there's a mile-long trail that the local scouts maintain (keep an eye out for all the birdhouses along the trail).

If you like frisbee golf, there's a fantastic open space that's also used as a soccer field. (If you prefer regular golf, head down the road to Olde Homestead Golf Club.)

If you like to "sit a spell" (as we say in New Tripoli) and reflect on the beauty of mother nature, there are benches throughout the park, many along the Ontelaunee Creek.

There's also a couple pavilions, a beautiful band shell, a butterfly garden, a playground, the historical Zeisloff Log Cabin and Fort Everett, and soon-to-be-completed tennis and basketball courts.

My favorite place in the park is in the shadow of the pedestrian covered bridge, which spans the creek. When the weather gets hot enough, it's a prime location to cool off my feet without getting in the way of the fishermen.

What's your favorite thing to do in the park?