BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Good Friday, for many, is a day of reflection and family.
School is out. It is not quite summer, but you wouldn't know better if you took at stroll through City Park. The monkey bars, swings and nearby playgrounds are packed, and not with just locals.
Dale and Lynell Ross are visiting from Natchez, Mississippi. They packed a picnic for their grandkids, Austin and Madeline.
"We decided to do something different. We brought our bikes to just go on a bike ride and see if we could see some ducks," Dale Ross said.
They were headed next to the Baton Rouge Zoo.
"We like the giraffes, the monkeys, the lions and the train," Austin Ross said.
Kenneth Menville and his brother, Conrad, are trading cards and enjoying a bagged lunch nearby, but the fun didn't stop there.
"I'm probably going to play some soccer and maybe throw a football around," Menville said.
The weather, they said, was just too good to waste. Not just for the kids, but for four-legged family members too.
"I was joking and said which park do you want to go to? The dog park? She (her daughter) goes, 'yeah!' I love it here because the playground is right next door to the dog park so I can put my kid in one and the dog in the other," Valerie Broussard said.
They didn't need a plan. When Mother Nature is this inviting, sometimes you just have to play along.