If you’re sitting on our little red, living room sofa and staring out the window facing a gravel bike path, a dog park, and the Mississippi, you’re bound to spot a huge brown bundle of sticks and twigs and leaves tucked in the trees that lean right over the waters. It’s no secret that Darrin and I pride ourselves in our quiet nights together, and last week we spent a quiet night at the park outside our apartment complex. The parks of Minneapolis host “Music and Movies in the Park” on different nights throughout the summer, so Darrin and I somewhat irresponsibly abandoned all of our deadlines and to-dos for a night beneath the skyline and a summer sunset. Irresponsible, sure, but necessary. We made sure to visit our eagle family who decided just last year to build their home right outside our living room window. We’ll hear the baby eagles squawk and squeal from time to time…sometimes even watch them explore the branches outside their nest. Darrin spotted this guy before I did, and he quickly snatched the camera from my hands so he could snap a few photos before the bird took off. So, photo credit: Darebear. I understand that our eagle pal is looking a little small in these pictures, so I promise that we’ll bring out the big lens for our next photo-op with our feathered friends. If you look close enough, you’ll see that the eagle’s mouth is actually wide open in the picture below! But still, for a guy who hardly contributes to anything involving social media, Darrin was sure excited to share these eagle photos with ya. I’m sure there’ll be more to come.
After our short visit with our “neighbors,” we parked our blanket on an open patch of grass, shared a few fish tacos, and listened to a local band play music and sell their stickers and CDs. Apparently “Music and Movies in the Park” draws a crowd of all sorts: interpretive dancers, hula-hoopers, large families, small families, baton twirlers, artists, bikers, couples, grandparents, puppies, etc. One group of high school girls opened their neon backpacks to let their turtles wander on the grass. To each his own, I guess! The hubby and I sat pretty quietly on our blanket, eating our tacos, watching the mini-vignettes around us, and sharing a few “I know you’re thinking exactly what I’m thinking” kind of smiles. The little things are not to be underestimated. Once the sun set and Beetlejuice began haunting the blow-up screen, we decided that it was just a little too early to be thinking about Halloween, so we wandered down the street to Tugg’s Tavern for a few drinks and burgers along the river.
Can you believe that this week is the last week in July? This summer has been good to us. I’ll be sad to see it go. But Darrin is already planning dates for this fall’s football/basketball/soccer games, and I can’t help but dream a little about Minneapolis in autumn!
Hope you have a great day!