The first question might be why? Well, this is about the only day this week that doesn't have rain or snow showers in the forecast. And secondly, for the past several weeks I've had my older granddaughter living with me and so my life has to run around a school schedule for her. Monday was a free day for me because she is spending the night with her other grandmother. So early yesterday morning I was off to St. Anthony, a northern suburb of Minneapolis.
It was 29 F (-1.6 C) when we left home this morning and 33 F (0.5 C) when I got home, so O C is just about the right number for the whole day.(And as it turns out yesterday was warmer, for this morning the temperature is only 19 F (-7C)!) I had been thinking about doing this walk for a couple of weeks, but thought it would be best to wait until most of the snow was melted, for I thought cities have been having enough trouble keeping the streets cleared of snow and probably effort was not being expended on clearing trails in parks. I wore my winter coat and gloves, and often had the hood pulled up on the coat to keep a cold north wind away from my ears!
The walk started at a Caribou which had some very interesting animal sculpture outside.
I was to keep my eyes open for a beaver lodge sculpture.
Next I crossed a little bridge and walked out onto an island.
The route soon entered Kodiak Park, the first park ever established in Anoka County. And again the trail took me over a little bridge.
Again I walked through a residential area and along beside another water tower.
After about 15 minutes of walking I realized I had made a complete circle and was again walking along Silver Lake. This time I decided to explore the shiny tree branches.
The next stop on the route was the park's Visitor Center. Oh happy day! It has a small restaurant. I had a coffee and a bagel sandwich. The Visitor Center is hosting an art show, Perspectives, sponsored by the Minnesota Watercolor Society. So often watercolors are landscapes or flowers. The one called Many Trails took my eye. (Alas the photo I took of the explanatory sign didn't capture the artist's name correctly.) The artist explained her daughter's hiking boots seem to always be in the hall by the front door, so one day she decided to paint the boots. I enjoyed a work with a very different subject.
After leaving the Center I was to find a tree sculpture and see what it was called.
here for more information about the idea of a Little Free Library. The map on this web site is interesting -- it shows all the places one may find the Little Free Libraries.
So this is what I did on a cold April day!