As unique as Zoran’s was, it was good to have the contrast of a city park and veteran’s memorial across the street. I will admit that I enjoyed Sheridan Memorial Park more. The park planners and artist’s collaborated well in the planning for both the memorial and park. Joggers and bike riders on the river path beside the memorial did not detract from the sense of stillness I felt while visiting.
I’m glad we visited just before the snowy winter we’re now experiencing. The small park was very friendly with a lookout spot and a few trees along the river bank. North of the memorial was a unique playground with a sculpture like rock climbing egg, a stone circle, creative uses of old timber like logs for playground equipment. It was enjoyed by the kiddos and other families while we were present. I believe that Kid Willow enjoyed the basic slide the most.
While the kiddos played, I enjoyed watching a grey squirrel getting ready for winter. It was nice to take in the scenery along the river that was still flowing. This is another place I would like to see again in spring when the flowers are in bloom.
Before the snow hit we were able to check out an off the beaten path sculpture park that really seems to be an open air sculpture studio. The little I knew prior to visiting warned of it looking like a … Continue reading →
We went to this nature center as it was in the area and not so large that the kiddos would struggle. Longer walks these days don’t go over as well as in the past. Kid Willow has shown major … Continue reading →
So sometimes it is good to get out on a chilly day and explore. Apple picking was the name of the game so we bundled up and drove to Afton Apple Orchard. It seems to be a good value due … Continue reading →
On our way back to the twin cities from Iowa we made an impromptu visit to Owatonna. We specifically went to a park we enjoyed a few months before Kid Willow was born. It was a wee bit chilly and … Continue reading →
So we drove to southern IA and wanted to see if we would see the California Zephyr Amtrak train. Unfortunately we missed it, but really liked a short visit at the old depot in Osceola, IA. The kiddos really enjoyed … Continue reading →
Normally a single playground does not impress me, but in a town this size and a playground this fun, I needed to share. We also discovered from another parent present that happens to be on a cross country RV/Caravan journey … Continue reading →
For several years now we’ve participated in a meat CSA that is truly “mom and pop” style farming. Over the years the CSA program has changed and we have tried support them as we could. We first discovered them at … Continue reading →
I have been debating if I should publish this. I hope you don’t mind but since I started this blog with Spotty and his best mate, Stripes, as well as notifying when we’ve added to the family previously, that I … Continue reading →
A friend and I took the Willow kids to downtown/city center via the Light Rail Train to spend the afternoon. We had the quick visit to Trader Joe’s for a few extra snacks like Baby Willow’s loved freeze dried blueberries … Continue reading →