Friday, August 03, 2007

A Birthday Adventure

(I still haven't fixed my keyboard, but am copying and pasting spaces for the time being. Time consuming, but effective!)

The Minneapolis Public Library has been offering passes to museums, zoos, and other local, cool places to visit for check-out! I think it's the coolest program, and have only recently taken advantage of this service.

Dan and I checked out a pass to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and had a little adventure on Wednesday to celebrate his birthday! We packed up a picnic and LOTS of water, since it was so hot and sunny, and drove down to Chaska. As usual, I took lots of pictures (this being a small sample, of course):

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(Dan really wanted the koi in the pond in the Japanese Garden to nibble on his fingers, but they didn't seem all that interested, once they discovered he didn't have any food.)

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(One very cool thing about the Arboretum is that they incorporate art -- sculpture,mainly -- into nature. There's a statue of a bird well-hidden in this pond!)

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We stopped at the "weeping trees" display along the 3-mile drive and enjoyed our picnic of iced tea, fruit, nuts, and a cold soba noodle salad, underneath this willow tree -- a breezy, shady spot!

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The view from "high point."

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This year's main attraction -- a living maze. Tricky, but fun!

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Lastly, a view of a neighboring farm, with a perfectly-painted barn.

Next on the check-out list for us is the Minnesota Zoo . . . and I have a bunch of food photos to post, too. Stay tuned!

5 comments:

Courtney said...

The arboretum looks lovely--I hope that you and Dan enjoyed yourselves and that Dan had a happy birthday!

Courtney

Johanna3 said...

great post, happy birthday to Dan!

bazu said...

Happy b-day to Dan! What lovely photos- this is what I love about summer- discovering a new place, on a sunny day, with a yummy picnic. Ahhhhh- perfection.

Carrie™ said...

What stunning photos!! I hope you get your keyboard fixed soon. The post you put up to tell us it was broken cracked me up!

funwithyourfood said...

great scenery pictures. it looks like such a relaxing getaway.
that looks tempting right now. i may just hop on a plane and stop by! lol

teddy