Meeting Penelope

penelope2eeOne of the ways my family connects is through animals.  We all are amazed by them and the ways that they communicate with each other and with us.  We walk our dog and play with our cats, frequently visit a cat shelter to help socialize the cats, view swans and ducks on the lakes, listen to barred and great horned owls at night, as well as the occasional howl of coyotes, marvel as eagles soar and swoop over our kayaks, and visit the wildlife rehabilitation facilities and zoos.

Today we were charmed by Penelope, a month-old reticulated giraffe at Como Zoo.  For a moment, she stared at us, and we smiled in wonder and awe.

Sunrise at the Lake


We are spending the weekend at a friend’s lake cabin. It’s not an isolated cabin; lakeshore is too precious to allow that kind of space. My favorite time to be here is any time but summer, when there is constant noise from boats and people. Even now, just two weeks after Labor Day, it is mostly silent and peaceful, only rarely disturbed by the roaring of a motorboat.

The sun rose in a pink-orange glow above gently rippling water this morning. Loons called in the distance, crows nearby. It was a time to just absorb beauty, to simply be.  Lake sunrise is one of my favorite meditations. Continue reading “Sunrise at the Lake”

Rogers Lake Park Outing

So excited to be here!

So for my first post I’ll review a new park we visited today.  Part of living intentionally for me is having little adventures regularly – even if they are only a few hours long.  So today we visited Rogers Lake Park in Mendota Heights, MN. We enjoyed our little visit so much!  We wanted to give my son (4) some fishing experiences this summer and decided that the other site we had planned to check out would involve too much walking on this steamy day.  So after a little sleuthing on the Fishing in the Neighborhood site from the MN DNR, we settled on this little park.

What a gem!  We ate a picnic at a sturdy table in breezy, dappled shade.  There are amenities for all walks, including a playground, volleyball court, skate park, of course the fishing pier, picnic shelter, a great little canoe launch.  The city even has a rack for storing your personal canoe if you want to leave it right by the lake.  The park appears to connect to a trail system, though we didn’t check that out – this time.

We plan to bring the kids back for their first canoe outing.  Rogers Lake is a smallish lake, not too deep and the launch was perfect.  Plus, it won’t be too far to carry the canoe from the car.  We look forward to it!

Rogers Lake, Mendota Heights, MN