We are adjusting to life without Dylan the Tabby and appreciate the hope of President-elect Biden. The virus is raging in Minnesota, however, so caution is still the rule. Bagheera is finding his way with the help of a glorious cat-cave that we got him as an early Christmas gift ❤.
We went in search of Fall; a local junket to Lilydale and Pickle Lake, parkland adjacent to the Mississippi in St. Paul.
We decided it was time to take a break from all the insanity and Afton State Park Minnesota was a perfect respite. Fall is definitely in the air!
The park is gorgeous with plenty of places to hike and birdwatch- also spend a night or two in a cabin, tent or yurt.
If apple desserts or just plain good eating crosses your mind, a quick trip down the road will suffice. Whistling Well Farm Minnesota is a perfect place to pick apples or purchase them bagged.
The dessert pictured above is Apple Crumble Slab Pie from King Arthur Flour recipes.
There are quite a variety of bees hanging out in the garden…
Of note, a few more blooms to report 🌞
There are a few new stars of the garden!
We got outside for a bit to check on the neighborhood. The Mississippi River is running high and fast and the car wash is closed (much to the dismay of the gentleman pictured in this post) but people are out and about.
We have had a wonderful week enjoying local sights and tastes! A true “staycation”, we explored places in Minnesota and Wisconsin, including hiking in Carpenter Nature Center and trying out a new breakfast spot in St. Paul: Hope Breakfast.
Carpenter Nature Center has two campuses: the 425-acre Minnesota Campus with more than 10 miles of hiking trails and, just across the St. Croix river- the restored prairie and wooded bluffs of a 300-acre Wisconsin Nature Preserve. (Thomas and Edna Carpenter moved to the St. Croix Valley in the 1940’s and left their spectacular property for future generations to enjoy.)
This morning we wandered into downtown St. Paul where the brand new Hope Breakfast spot just opened. Yum! Located inside St. Paul’s oldest firehouse, the restaurant is serving amazing food and will pledge 3% of its annual profits to neighbors in need.