I am trying to play catch up with my Sparking today, and it looks like you will get a short blog with lots of pictures.
Work has been very busy, which is typical during the summer months due to much of our research being outdoors. In Minnesota this means "Strike while the snow is gone!" Next week is our annual Horticulture Day where the public is invited to go on tours and ask questions from staff, Horticulture researchers and professors, and master gardeners. This means a lot of brochure, maps and informational sheets design and printing for me, along with advertising, taking photographs and serving on the committee. With the addition of some accounting to my job description, the days are full and go by fast.
Home life continues to be so wonderful. The love between Mike and I continues to grow and I feel like the luckiest woman in the world to have found him. We have been working on several outdoor projects - again striking before it snows, going to tractor shows, flea markets and wherever strikes our fancy. These outings include my youngest son and I am blessed that the two of them get along amazingly.
Yesterday we picked up my oldest son and the four of us spent the day at Itasca State Park. It was a beautiful day out and we had the best time! The pictures below were taken at the park.
Mike, me, Tyler and Troy on a overlook which looks over Lake Itasca.
My sons and me on a stairway to the lookout.
My sons by the large white pine.
Mike and I standing by a tree that had been split by lightning.
Marking at the Head of the Mississippi River, located in Itasca State Park.
Head of the Mississippi River.
What was once the largest red pine, until wind knocked off its top in 2007.