Did not feel well last night at work, to the point of needing to go home because I just wasn’t doing any good for anyone in the condition I was in. Since I carpool and Jerry was (I thought) at work too – he went home early with one of his massive nosebleeds – Mom and Dad came in to take me home. In the SUV on the way home, Mom said she wanted to walk with me today!
I was flattered and pleased. I was also a bit apprehensive. I couldn’t help but remember the experience with Maria earlier in the year. On the other hand, Mom was asking good questions about what she and Dad should wear and bring with them. And for all they’re in their late seventies and early eighties, respectively, they’re both in really good shape for a hike.
They arrived promptly, and we headed out to the Bluff at 4:30 – plenty of time to take a slow, easy pace and still get to the overlook in plenty of time. Have to admit, I was some concerned the skies were going to open up and rain on us – but they didn’t. Instead, they showed off some magnificent color. (Mom and Dad were both very impressed.)
And, of course, sharing the path made the walk go a bit faster. Gotta love good conversation and good weather! I also got to show off a little bit, identifying some of the plants I’ve learned about. Unfortunately, Dad asked about one I haven’t identified yet! (Reminds me – I have to look that one up and let him know.) I got a bit of a chuckle out of it, too; Dad’s sense of direction had gotten a bit disoriented during the walk up. He said that if he’d had to identify the directions, he would have said south was along highway 61, east across the river, and north almost back the way we came.
And Mom was thinking that since the sun rises in the east, the sun would be obscured by the clouds. Both of them were a bit surprised by just how far north the sun had traveled since equinox! Though Dad less so; he’s from northern Minnesota.
They got to see a barge coming upriver, one that didn’t pull in to either bank. I showed them the barge parked next to the old NSP plant, and we got to see the excavator moving around on the cement. And Mom walked right down to the point, where the overlook becomes a sheer rock wall and had me take her picture! Plus, we saw the morning shadow of Barn Bluff move across Red Wing.
All in all, a fantastic morning!