There are not many things more pleasant than having cold weather go and warm weather come again in Minnesota. Do not get me wrong; I do like winter. It just gets a bit dreary sometimes after the first few snowy days, the piles of sludgy grey on the sides of roads, no flowers or green plants outdoors (except for the evergreen trees!) I miss all of the color quite a bit.
Good news! The plants are starting to bloom and bud once again! (even though we received a little bit of snow here several days ago).
A couple weekends back it was absolutely gorgeous, and I had the pleasure of being able to go walking Friday and Sunday around my neighborhood. My boyfriend and I went all over the area surrounding the Stone Arch Bridge and Nicollet Island. We also discovered that there was a nest of Totodile at Nicollet Island Pavillion (yay Pokémon Go!) so we hung around there for a while catching a bunch of the happy little reptiles. I managed to get enough candy to evolve one fully into a Feraligatr!
One of many pretty cool things I saw on our walk was this tree. It looks like it was struck by lightning at some point! The bark was gone on the surface of it, you could see inside of it as it had contracted outwards, and the middle was blackened/charred. I think it is really interesting to look at!
That Saturday I visited the Minnesota Zoo with my best friend Jenne. It was a lot of fun to see a bunch of the baby animals they have there right now, a sneak peek at their new kangaroos, the farm animal exhibit they have right now (I pet so many goats!) and I even was able to pet a shark in their Discovery Bay area. My favorite picture I took has to be of this sea dragon though!
Another fun bit of information that has occurred since I last posted: I now have a pet cat! His name is Felix, and he is one of the most cuddly cats I have ever met. I love that he really likes snuggling on laps and in the crook of your arms – like a little baby – and that when he kneads he almost never retracts his claws enough to scratch you or rip clothing. He has a very chill personality, but is always up for playing with his toys too!