I returned yesterday from spending 2 weeks in Fargo to visit my best friend and her husband. It was 20 years ago this time of year when I first visited them and I've been doing it most years since then.
On the 2 Wednesdays and Fridays my friend and I were volunteering at MinnKota PAAWs and assisted the vet spay cats and kittens. I helped him and others and even gave some cats their rabies and distemper shots. I've been doing this for several years and it really is so worthwhile as theoretically a cat can be the ancestor of a million cats in 10 years so we are preventing countless cats from being born as there already are far too many cats, many of whom are feral and live brief and dangerous lives.
Every day we walked a couple of times around the corner of the street they live on to go to look up a tree with a nest of Cooper's Hawks. From what we can tell there are a mother, a father and three or four young ones who have yet to learn how to fly though it might have happened the day I left or today *sigh*. Also a couple of times we drove to a cemetery to look at the turkeys and deer that reside there. There are also other birds and squirrels and rabbits all over Fargo.
The first Monday we drove to Lake Itasca and walked down the tiny river in the water for a bit, the tiny river that later becomes the Mississippi River!
On the second Sunday we drove over to Moorhead, MN to go to the MB Johnson Park, a 110 acre natural resource-based regional park and walked quite a while seeing both the Red River which separates ND from Minnesota and the Snakey Creek. We certainly got our exercise but didn't see any animals we were sure were somewhere in the park.
We had some wonderful dinners including my favorite Chicken, Asparagus and Artichoke Pasta, Ham-Potatoes Au Gratin and Calico Beans. The sad thing was their apple tree fell down last winter so we didn't make any apple pies.
On the night before I left we think we saw the ISS soaring up above us. If it wasn't the ISS then it was a UFO! Anyway I had a wonderful time there and I look forward to going there next year and once again as I boarded the plane I felt like I had just gotten off it - time truly does fly.