April 4, 2021

Happy Easter 2021


Happy Easter 2021
Todd Swank's Diary Entry for April 4, 2021

It was Easter weekend and Avery was starting Spring Break so he decided to come home for a few nights.  We thought it would be fun to connect with Dan & Jen to celebrate Good Friday and it ended up being a very Good Friday indeed.

Saturday morning brought Orlando over for one of our weekly adventures.  We always end up having the most delightful of conversations and solve most of the world's problems in our few hours together.  So that's nice.

The temperatures rose into the seventies and we invited Avery to join us for one of our weekly hikes.  He was hesitant to join us, but we told him it would be insanely thrilling so he decided to come.

Our first stop was to the "Boiling Springs" in Shakopee.  It's a small pond on Eagle Creek that has a unique environmental phenomenon.  An underground spring pushes water up through the sand which causes it to look like it's boiling due to the bubbles.  I always find it interesting to witness.

Avery wasn't as impressed.  He took the dog and took a seat near the beginning of the path.  He also asked me if I really find it interesting which I found pretty funny.  Absolutely I do!


Our next stop was to Rice Marsh Lake Park in Eden Prairie.  We had never been there before but it had good reviews on AllTrails.com so we thought we'd give it a shot.

The park has a really nice paved trail that goes 3.2 miles around Rice Marsh Lake.  There were several other walkers and bikers, but I certainly wouldn't consider it crowded.  It was perfect for what we were seeking which was a nice walk on a beautiful day.

We also had the chance to see a ton of turtles which is always a popular activity in my book.  I like turtles.

I found this broken bridge fascinating.  I really wanted to venture out onto it, but there was a clearly marked "No Trespassing" sign that called it Unsafe.  I could have jumped it.

There was a time in my life when I would have seen a doll like this hanging in a tree and thought it was an innocent toy of a child.  I've now seen too many movies for that.  I just couldn't decide if this represented devil worshipping, witchcraft, or Voodoo.

Then I saw this little house hidden in the woods and realized it was definitely voodoo.  We skedaddled out of there pretty quickly after that discovery.

About two thirds of the way through our trip, we found a path which went off the paved trail and cut deeper into the woods.  I figured this would be when the horror would begin, but it turned out to just be a shortcut.  It saved us a few hundred steps so we had that going for us.  Which was nice.

Suddenly it was Easter Sunday and we were greeted by a visit from Grandma Linda.  It was our first time in over a year that we could meet with her without us all wearing masks which was great.  It had nothing to do with Covid.  She just used to have some really bad breath, but apparently a new brand of toothpaste is doing wonders for her.

Happy Easter, everyone!

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