Memories to Cling To

I told a writing buddy about my idea for this blog, and when I’m feeling blue or like it’s kind of pointless because soon school will start and we’ll be buried in the slog of life, I remind myself of her words about my goal of “an adventure a day.”

I find it helps slow down time, so the brain has more memories to cling to.

That seems so important.  Lately I’ve felt foggy and clumsy.  I remind myself that even if my adventures feel small, that when I look back in many years, it will be these that I remember, not the drudgery of work, or vacuuming, or dishes, or whatever other things I allow to get in my way.

Some recent adventures!

1) New restaurants and desserts tried and added to Twin Cities Gluten Free!

2) Walking the dogs on the Minneapolis side of the river.  There is an ongoing joke that St. Paulites don’t go to Minneapolis and vice versa, and it’s remarkably true!  This might seem like a mini mini mini adventure given how close we really do live to Minneapolis, but it was important because as we were watering the community garden plot, I declared to my husband that we were going to try a new dog walking spot, but didn’t tell him that I actually had no idea where that spot would be, and he didn’t ask.  Normally he would need to know exactly what I might have in mind.  So we drove across Lake Street bridge and down the West River Road and ended up right at the oak savanna in the Mississippi River gorge.  Beautiful.  This unique ecosystem is only a fraction of 1% of the oak savanna that used to exist in MN.  Fire suppression allowed the areas to turn into oak forests instead.  One of my favorite orgs, Friends of the Mississippi River, has volunteering opps to help maintain the area.  It was fun because I’d heard of it, but didn’t know that was exactly the spot where it was at, and we weren’t looking for it or anything.

3) In crochet news, I learned the popcorn stitch to make the flower on this hat.

Easy hat and easy flower made from donated yarns for Team Yarn.

4) Reading the Harry Potter series!  I only saw the first two movies and now I am on book #4 so even though it is old to the rest of the world, it is new and exciting to me.  🙂

5) Yoga.  Tried a new studio and have gone twice and enjoyed the class both times.  The vinyasa class I did today was difficult.  Hopefully continued practice will help with my balance.  Uffda!

Sunset Kayak

Hi all,

I have subscribers!!  Woo!  🙂  I’m flattered that you wanted to read some more of all these adventures.  Lately they’ve been big, but once I’m back to work, they’ll be smaller.  Welcome.

Well, the pics came out like crap, but last night we went on a sunset kayak tour on Cedar Lake with REI Outdoor School.  We don’t own kayaks, though I hope to someday as I enjoy the paddling experience more than in the canoe.  We do own two canoes!  Believe it or not, neither of us has been able to part with our pre-nuptial canoes 😉 so they are both stored at our rental house.  Well, that’s neither here nor there.  The point is that we don’t own kayaks, and even if we had been able to rent them, we couldn’t have had them out at that hour.

The class cost $90 for the two of us, and we could have skipped all the instruction, really. But we had beautiful weather – we couldn’t have ordered better weather if we had a direct line to God – and a unique opportunity with nice people.  Highlights were the sunset, of course, a baby turtle, ducklings, fire twirlers on the hippie beach, skyline views, paddling the channel to Lake of the Isles, almost getting jumped on by bridge jumpers, going back through the channel by headlamp.  🙂

Another fun thing is that we had skied these lakes last February in the City of Lakes Loppet 10K event, so we were trying to remember the route from a totally different perspective, entrance point, and season.

Fun!  These summer adventures are feeding my soul.