It was only a few weeks ago that Mrs. T and I were visiting our good and long time friends Don and Sandy. They live on a knoll high above the Maple River in South Central Minnesota. They call their place Kerkwood. I tend to think of it as Shangri-La.
The setting is indeed, an almost mystical, verdant hidden valley, surrounded by prairie flood plain, lush forested hills, ridges and the music of birds. A highlight of our visit was when Don's "Safari Service"
took me on a jeep ride along the maze of trails throughout the extensive property . Your welcome to come along, though hang on tight, as spots can be bumpy and we have to cross a few waterways...:)
We cross the floodplain prairie and head thru a wood then up to the ridge. There we catch a glimpse of the Maple River.
Hopping off the ranger, we approach the edge of a cliff well over a hundred feet straight down to the river. I like the view but don't get too close....
Some kayakers drift around a bend and slowly paddle downstream. The next days the ladies took a shopping excursion into Mankato and Don and I headed out to a local lake to try our luck. The fish weren't exactly jumping in the boat that day but we enjoyed the outing and relived some fond times when we taught together in the same high school.
We might be a bit older, but still know how to have fun!