APRIL IS A FICKLE month in Minnesota. Sunshine and warmth one day and clouds and brisk temps the next.
This past Saturday marked a glorious day here with the temp near 60 under sunny skies. I needed to get out of town, yet honor and respect the Governor’s Stay at Home order. So Randy and I set off, first, for the Faribault Energy Park, where we had the entire place to ourselves. I love that about this mostly undiscovered park. No need to concern ourselves about social distancing or, on this day, loose dogs.
While walking the dirt paths that wind around wetland ponds, we heard birds above the steady drone of traffic from adjacent Interstate 35. It looked to be a typical busy weekend of travel for folks on the interstate.
Everywhere, people were out and about. When you’ve been cooped up inside during the winter and under the Stay at Home order, which I fully support, there’s a real psychological need to get outdoors on a day as beautiful as Saturday.
I took my time, noticing and appreciating the signs of spring in the landscape. Brilliant red berries against blue, not grey, skies. Green burst of buds. Twigs of mahogany dogwood flagging paths. Creek running. Path muddied by puddles floating oak leaves of autumn. The reflection of the sky in ponds of blue. It was lovely. All of it.
After walking in the park, we headed out to the Faribault lakes area west of town for a drive in the country. Pleasure driving, near home, is allowed under the state executive order.
During our lakes tour, we observed people fishing, pleasure boating, wind surfing and riding motorcycles. At a public boat landing, we met a grandpa out for a motorcycle ride with his granddaughter. Their “wind therapy,” he called it. He sees his granddaughter daily so there was no need to social distance from her.
I felt a sense of peace as we drove along back county and gravel roads in the countryside. Past barns and past fields awaiting planting. Through rural land that, for a brief moment of time on a lovely April afternoon, provided a respite from reality.
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Forrest and I took a country drive a couple of weeks ago. We hadn’t done that in a very long time, and it just felt good to get out of town for an hour or so. Mostly, we have plenty of space to roam here with the pecan orchard and leased property, and of course the days are warmer now so I am outdoors working in the yard and garden. Today will reach the low 80’s with a threat of stormy weather tonight. Time to get the tornado shelter cleaned up and ready!
It’s good just to get out of town and go for a drive.
I hope the stormy weather stays away. And, yes, prepare that shelter.
The lakes along the Cannon river are a great place to spend an afternoon. Somehow they always end at the Dairy Queen along I-35.
Seriously, the Dairy Queen food group may not conform to our (endless) dieting – but it feeds the soul.
And right now we need a lot of soul feeding.
Its good for the soul to get out and stretch after being couped up so long. We have taken 2 drives…it was refreshing. That wind surfer looks like he’s having fun 🙂
The windsurfer had to really hang on during Saturday’s strong winds.
Thank you Audrey. I find peace each time I visit your blog. Take care and stay safe!
It’s so good to hear from you. And thank you for your kind words. They mean a lot to me.
Enjoyed your photos logging a mental health day out and about. Everyone needs it and your acute nature observations are refreshing as you note the small things in life which can give us much pleasure and renew our sense of gratitude.
Thank you, Sue. I know you do plenty of nature walks, too, taking in the beauty of Arizona. Be well, my friend.
Mental health days out and about are so important but especially now during this time of “lock down” . So glad you could be out and about a bit enjoying God’s beauty.
Lots of time outdoors these days. Saturday afternoon was a work day here, washing windows (Randy’s job) and raking/cleaning flowerbeds (mine).