Category Archives: Weekend Delights

A Wood Lake Walk

Whenever I talk to people about how much I love living in Minneapolis, I tell them about how our fair city was built preserving green space. Because of that, this nature girl doesn’t have to go far to enjoy the outdoors.
fall leaves

The beautiful fall weather was perfect for a visit to Wood Lake Nature Center. This nature preserve  isn’t in Minneapolis proper, but neighboring Richfield is as close to Minneapolis as a suburb can get.
wood lake

The squirrels were busy hiding food; this has always signaled to me that cold weather on the way.
red squirrel

The breeze was refreshing and the sun was warm on my face:
wood lake

I caught this little House Finch bathing:
house finch

And wondered if anyone was home:
tree

Fall in Love with the Arboretum

One of the best things about living in the Midwest is fall. It has been a lovely one this year; the leaves are changing color, the air is getting cooler and animals are getting ready for winter. It is a beautiful time to visit the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

grass

We walked among the dahlias:
dahlias

I was distracted by the busy bees:
flower

And the butterflies:
dahlia

The colors were so vibrant:dahlia

This flower looked like it was on fire:
flowers

Even though it was busy on the grounds, it was so peaceful:
pond

The trees were beautiful, but “peak color” should be in a week or so:
pond

We lost ourselves in the woods:
trees

The light was magical:
trees

We couldn’t have asked for a lovelier day:
trees

The Most Beautiful Urban Marathon in America

It’s the time of year when I find myself pondering the question… could I run a marathon?

The Twin Cities Marathon is dubbed the Most Beautiful Urban Marathon in America and is one of the Top 10 U.S. Marathons. The 26.2 mile course runs through beautiful scenery (right past my house) and finishes at the state capitol.
marathon runners

This year, 8,858 runners finished the race with an average time of 4:18:34. Spectators lined up along the street to wish them well. I wondered how Asha and Chelsea felt when they passed the 14-mile mark; were they kicking ASSphalt or wishing they were drunk?
marathon fans

It was 35 degrees when the runners started out this year, I was still in my jammies and snuggled up in my robe. I wandered out to the race route late after spending a leisurely morning over my breakfast. When I watched the man run past barefoot holding his shoes and socks, I was once again reminded that being a spectator is more my  style.
marathon runners