Walking the Arboretum

I just spent a long trip down to visit my mother who is in a nursing home in Florida, she is so confused and lonely that it was very difficult to leave her. Visits are very quick, you can’t touch, you can’t hear well between the masks and the traffic noise (you have to sit outside) and all in all it leaves you very sad in and of itself. I miss being able to sit with my mom over lunch and just chat as time permits, no need to try and figure out what to talk about in the little time you have. Then, when I got home I jumped right into a few days of sitting and watching on-line sessions of the North American Lake Management Society. I didn’t move much for over a week and I really needed to get out and walk!!

So last weekend I spent Sunday morning and early afternoon following the three-mile walk around the MN Landscape Arboretum. I have been a member for years, but to be honest rarely go more than once or twice per year for a visit. Often it is for a conference or workshop that is work-related. But this year is different, as it is for us all. This was my fourth visit this year, and I went to try and find unique photo opportunities of leaves, berries or dried flowers. I was happy as I did manage to take a few good ones, of which this is one. I am very glad I renewed my membership and I plan on going at least once a month through the winter. I just need someone to walk with me once in a while! 🙂