Far too busy a weekend, but it had some big high points:
On Saturday I drove to the REI (a huge sporting goods store) in Bloomington to do a free hour-long class on kayaking. It was interesting to see what they have, as well as compare what the instructor spoke about with the book I've read and the dvd on kayaking I bought. Fun to hear the questions from the audience as well.
Sunday my outing was in William O'Brien State Park, which I haven't been to in a while. It was 60 F/15.5 C, so too warm for me to really enjoy myself or move very fast, but I still put on 6.9 miles (11.1 km). But it was a treat to see some of the spring ephemeral down by the St Croix river, including lots of beautiful golden marsh marigolds that always remind me of Hope's Passage.
Also tried out my simple new MP3 player I recently got, and that helped me enjoy the walk more. But the highlight of the day was definitely the birds. Got to see some young fuzzy Canada Goose goslings on a pond. Then I was surprised to spot a Green Heron like I'd seen in Florida in March, but I've never seen a small heron in Minnesota before!
But the biggest highlight was getting to get both photos and movies of a Pileated Woodpecker! It was such an incredible blessing, considering how few times I've ever seen one. Not the best photos, and I don't have time to try to make animations of a movie clip right now, but I'll still treasure them.
Pileated Woodpecker flying
Pileated Woodpecker on the ground
That sounds fun on the kayaking class. Did you receive some helpful information. Are you thinking of getting a kayak?
Thanks for posting the bird pictures. The goslings are so adorable.
That was so neat with the woodpecker. Looking forwarding to seeing
I got myself a cheap inflatable kayak as part of my book 5 celebrations, but it's all the other stuff that is taking time. Besides the fact that the water is too cold to be safe right now, unless I buy a wetsuit, and I won't do that until next spring if I decide I really like it. And there's the things one doesn't think of at first, like the fact that Minnesota requires a boat license, even for a little kayak! =P And a life vest, and paddle, and water shoes, and sunglasses that won't fall off into the water, camera case if I want to take pictures but keep my camera safe...the list just keeps getting longer!
I'll have to remember to show you the video when you come out. It was really neat to see so much of him!