October 4, 2020

Boiling Springs in Savage, Minnesota


Boiling Springs in Savage, Minnesota

Todd Swank's Diary Entry for October 4, 2020

Avery came home from college for one night this week to do some errands.  It was a short visit, but very nice to see him none the less.  Although it's a bit sad that he comes in the house for the first time in weeks and immediately hugs the dog rather than his father.

Work has been getting busier lately, although I really miss getting to go see customers in person.  I probably will have to re-think my wardrobe choices when that happens, though.

Our good friends, Jen & Dan Walters, came over for a campfire on Friday night.  We've been remaining pretty isolated lately so it was very nice to see some actual human beings for a few hours.

We had to call it an early night when the full moon hovered directly over our heads.  I have a tendency to get a little freaky when that happens.

I like the corn.

I was telling Jen that we were looking to do some exploring this weekend and she asked if I had ever seen the Boiling Springs in Savage, Minnesota before.  I told her I had never even heard of them, but it sounded like something that may be interesting to see.

Miss Sheri had her stitches in her knee removed this week, so she was anxious to get out and start exploring again.  So we set Google Maps towards Boiling Springs in Savage to see what it was all about.

Despite the fact that we've lived in the area for more than 20 years, we had never heard of the "Boiling Springs" that are near our home.  Here's Wikipedia's Description of What It Is:  Maka Yusota (Boiling Springs) is a sacred site revered by the Dakota people, located in Savage, Minnesota. The location features a pool of water over an artesian well that remains liquid year-round. A thick layer of fine sand sits on the bottom of the pool, which traps the spring water and releases it in bursts, creating an illusion of boiling water.

After we left the Boiling Springs, we thought it would be fun to go to the apple orchard. We figured it would be really quiet because of the pandemic.

Holy cow, were we wrong. It was crazy busy. We had planned on getting a piece of apple pie but said forget it because the line extended from one side of the store to the other.

We decided to just stay outside and go wander through the apple orchard. There were a lot of people milling about, but we were able to find some places where we could socially distance from the crowd.

Miss Sheri likes getting lost in the woods. She insists she can read the stars to find her way home which is kind of fun to watch in the middle of the day.

We thought this old apple truck looked pretty with the colorful autumn leaves nestled behind it. Boy, it's just kind of sad what gets us excited during the pandemic.

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