This Friday I made a pot of coffee, hopped on my bike, and started riding.
First stop, Melo-Glaze donuts. As an old-man-in-training I ordered one plain cake donut, but they were out of cake donuts. So I got a plain long john.
Second stop, public library. I turned in some books and checked out a few magazines, movies, cds, and books.
Third stop, Fort Snelling State Park for a hike around Pike Island.
Fauna spotted: one whitetail deer, plenty of squirrels, one eagle, two crows, lots of birds (I really do need to start learning the names of birds), and lots of beaver signs.
Flora: cottonwood, oak, wildflowers, and lots of once tamed grape vines.
The hike began with an interesting historical flood marker. I wonder where the flooding of this Spring and Summer was on this marker?
The main destination of the hike was to see the point where the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers converged. It was a little melodramatic, maybe I had more in mind, maybe it was the steamboat pushed by a tug boat, maybe it was the crowd of high school students on the steamboat waving to me, maybe it was that the convergence was like any other meeting of two rivers.
I also know that the meeting of the two rivers (MDOTE, or Mendota) had significant meaning for the Lakota people.
It was their Eden.
Finally, a picture of Fort Snelling. I know my boys were not the first to ever term this moniker but it is still funny: Fort Smelling.