Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Happy Birthday to my sweet Sister-in-Law, Penny! 

Sunday was a nice day, so Tom and I drove to Thompson County Park and then walked the Simon’s Ravine trail east toward the Mississippi River. We didn’t make it all of the way to the river but will do that portion of the trail another day.  While we were out walking, I got a text message from Jim and Sue who were out hiking in Arizona. They sent some pictures of the desert plants so I in turn sent them pics of what we were seeing. Even though our trees and shrubs are just getting started, it was more green here.  Here are some photos taken on our walk.

The temperatures dropped down to the upper 30s and 40s and we are experiencing winter like weather again. Regardless, we have bundled and layered up and gone for our daily walks

Today, we drove to Black River Falls and met Pat and Roger at the Wright Place Saloon for lunch. It was a 2-hour drive for each of us and a good place to meet in the middle.  Lunch was great, conversation was great, and after lunch we had a great hike on the Castle Mound Hiking 
Trail that winds through the Black River State Forest.  The trail goes through an area that was affected by the retreat of the glaciers. Over time, weather and erosion formed unique sandstone features that added lots of interest to the walk.

And my dear friend gave me this early birthday gift - the sign above the TV.

We rented and watched Tom Hanks’ latest movie tonight, “News of the World”, a story about a Civil War Veteran who is delivering a young girl to relatives, after being captured and held for several years by Kiowa Indians.  I felt is was done well and it held our interest right through to the end.