February 18th

Monday, February 18th, 2019

Paul and I took a walk out to the woods tonight, and there is no where more peaceful.

With as much snow as we have, tracking critters is fairly easy. However, we didn’t find many. We saw rabbit tracks, squirrel tracks, one or two deer trails, and either fox or coyote.

Not nearly as many as we see when we have lesser amounts of snow, though.

We did see our Barred Owl lady friend, and that is always exhilarating. However, today was a great example that although we spotted her, that doesn’t always mean I get good photographs. Sometimes you strike out, and today was that day.

The first image is when we first spotted her, the second was after we moved in and shifted our position a bit. She wasn’t interested in sticking around for us.


Although our sighting was brief, we always love to see her.

September 3rd

Monday, September 3rd, 2018

Happy Labor Day!

If you weren’t laboring on Labor Day (and I suppose even if you were), I hope you were able to enjoy your day!

The weather was marvelous this morning, so Paul and I packed up our bikes and drove over to Elm Creek Park for a ride. We decided to bike the Medicine Lake regional trail; we started at Elm Creek Park, went by the high school, past the hospital, and ended up paralleling I-94 by Weaver Lake Road.

When Paul and I lived in Grand Forks when we were first married, we biked everywhere, all the time, so we splurged and bought me a sweet cruiser (if I do say so myself!). I love my bike, but living where we do now, we don’t have immediate access to hop on and take off at our front door, so it felt good to get out and tootle around again.

It was a beautiful trial, really well maintained. Busy initially, which I wasn’t a fan of, but I think if we were to go back on a day that wasn’t a holiday, it would be a little more enjoyable in that respect.

This trail had many bridges, which I liked – it added to the scenic nature of where we were riding, and added some variety to a basic paved trail. This large pedestrian bridge got us over County Road 81, and on the way back, I had to stop and take some images. It’s not often you get a perspective like this one!

March 7th

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

With the temps slowly on the rise, our snow is slowly depleting.

While I’m sad to see it go, I’m thankful for the warmer weather and looking forward to spring.

On a walk back to the woods, we came across these rabbit tracks. He was really moving! See the drag marks between the tracks? His back toes touched the snow during his hop, meaning the form of his hop wasn’t important – moving quickly was.

July 23rd

Sunday, July 23rd, 2017

When walking through our pumpkin patch, there are always tracks.

Most of the time it’s deer, sometimes it’s turkey, last year there was human tracks (see below), but today it was coyote.


Do you live in the Twin Cities metro area, specifically in the northwest suburbs? Make sure to come out to our pick-your-own pumpkin patch this fall! We’ll be open October 1st-31st during daylight hours, everything is self-serve. $5 any size – pumpkins available pre-picked or there will be hundreds in the field for you to pick your own!

We just ask that you please keep your shoes on.