Sunday, June 27, 2010
Just when I thought I couldn't fall anymore in love with Minnesota, I found a book that got me even more excited about getting to know my home state. This seems to be a travelling summer with trips planned to both "ancestral homes" of Josh and me. Maybe I'm seeking balance in our travels for this chosen home of ours - a chance to get to know this place more deeply and go beyond the usual places that we love to haunt. So I have some plans for a few state park day trips this year. My main focus is to go in search of more prairie and to explore the ocean of plants that is the hallmark of the southern part of the state. Also intriguing - river bluffs and a herd of wild bison!
In the past few years, I've mostly eschewed the travel bug that I have in exchange for focusing on building a stable house and home. My new quest of intrastate travel seems the perfect marriage of the two. The focus of my thirties has been, well, focus. I've worked to balance my usual desire for wide expanses and broad experiences with opportunities to explore the depths of a few carefully identified most beloved things. This new idea seems to fit well into this theme with the added bonus of being able to be implemented on a long time frame at a slow pace.
Friday, June 25, 2010
perennial garden that was full of tadpoles rather than the koi. I love how the arboretum is slightly different each year the way that each summer is slightly different. I asked Ellis if he would still want to come with me when he and Charlie are old enough to walk up three-mile road rather than drive to the maze garden, even if he was a cranky teenager. He said he would, and I hope that it's true that we can do this together every year.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
1. Eagle's Nest Indoor Playground (who cares if they are calling for thunderstorms?)
2. Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
3. Fourth of July weekend trip to Chicago
4. Swimming at Lake Josephine
5. Road Trip to Duluth (Edgewater water park, Lake Superior fun)
6. Chutes and Ladders Playground
7. Swimming at Lake Johanna
8. Vacation in Alaska
9. Jet lag recovery from Alaska Flight
10. Harriet Alexander Nature Center
11. Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden
12. State Fair