Now that we’ve had our first hard freeze of the season, I know this is late. However, I still want to share a few older posts with you about low key places that we’ve enjoyed in the last few months. The other older posts will be published soon.
This summer has shown itself to be much like last summer in that we stayed low key and away from larger crowds if possible. The drought was at severe levels towards the end of August, and we’re still in a moderate drought here in the Twin Cities area even after some decent rainfall. It was during the severe drought period when C and I wanted a short walk around a fairly local lake with the kiddos.
We chose Langton Lake in Roseville, MN. I am so glad we did as the short walk around the southern tip of the lake as it was a great break from the day to day chores and errands. From the milkweed and wild raspberries to the catfish and muskrat feeding on snails, there was plenty of wildlife to see. I personally loved the turtles basking in the sun whereas the boys have grown to love the different insects. Then again, water lilies are enjoyment every time I see them in nature.
The bridges and old fixtures seem the same as the last time we visited as a family of three just with taller vegetation. I suppose one improvement is that both kiddos were able to fully enjoy the quiet playground on the east side of the park. Kid Willow was too young last time but definitely not this year.
I am so glad that we took this break in our day to “get some air.” If you are in the area on a quiet day it would be good for a short and flat walk with a picnic. When we went the drought was in severe level so not as bothered by bugs as we would have been otherwise, so bring bug spray just in case for more normal years.
Although we had a recent heat wave by Minnesota measures we ventured out to have a walk on Pike Island at C’s suggestion. The peace of a sunny sky and lack of major crowds was a good start for us … Continue reading →
We’ve had a slow but very busy time since my last post. In this time we have completed those projects we were excited about and those we’ve been avoiding. My garden was expanded. Kid Willow has been distance learning and … Continue reading →
We as a family have been low key for understandable reasons, which means we’re not taking mini adventures right now. We are however making the best of things with distance learning and home based activities. I am anticipating expanding my … Continue reading →
As winter seems to lose its grasp on our weather, we have been going further afield. Carpenter Nature Center park seemed like a good place to explore. On our way to the park we encountered two bald eagles fighting in … Continue reading →
Recently it was unusually warm and we wanted to get out of town. We decided to visit Prior Lake, MN. We specifically went to visit the park that was next to the small downtown district as it met our check … Continue reading →
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 … Continue reading →
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 →