Sunday 21 February 2016. Changing Meadowbrook 

It was 36 degrees F under mostly clear skies at 6:45 this morning as I headed out to Meadowbrook Park on Discovery II. 

There were few obstacles to an enjoyable ride, but one was uncertainty about where and how far to go. Funny how the process of anticipation and decision-making can get clogged with past impressions, with wanting to repeat or avoid them, or to experience something new. 

Fortunately, it wasn’t too hard to jump off of this mental treadmill once I got going. 

At Race and Windsor saw the sun disc coming up, and had lots of time at the red light to get out the iPhone for a shot.  

 
Still am not fond of that stop-light system. Humorous to consider the emotions generated by this inconvenience! Who would think a traffic light could be a vehicle of spiritual practice?

Decided to take the “small loop” of Meadowbrook for a change. Stopped to look at the dry prairie plant remains against the sky. 

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Stopped for a look at the apple tree at Windsor and Vine, with its few remaining mummified fruit. 

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As I approached the path that curved southward back into the park, saw a shape running westward. A little farther down saw the waving of what I assumed were tails. A lot of motion, but didn’t see any deer, exactly. 

Got off of Discovery II to walk toward McCullough Creek and see the alder trees on the banks that beavers had chewed, years ago. 

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Still could recognize the trees, but they had clearly changed. 

Stopped again and walked from the path to the creek to see a place where a sapling spanned it. 

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Noticed fallen logs with woodpecker holes that I was sure I’d seen standing not long ago. 

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Back at the Peg Richarson Hickman Wildflower Walk there was a lot of bare ground. It was shocking, information about restoration notwithstanding. 

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On my the back of the official sign was another interpretation. 

A lot of people love Meadowbrook Park, but they apparently don’t all agree on how to do it. I must say that it’s hard, a judgement call, how exactly to “preserve ” or “restore” wildness in a small space. 

No Helebores but yes pussy willows! 
vigorous uphill ride!

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Chose to ride Windsor to Lincoln: north on Lincoln has hills!  Was in the mood for them: it was gratifying exertion! Must remember to reframe difficulties as a good,

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About Velo du Jour

I am a 61 year old mom/wife, former biologist, and presently certified Iyengar yoga teacher, and I love, besides biking (and other things), nature, swimming, drawing, photography, yarn, exploring adoption themes, and putting people at ease. In April 2012, I participated in "30 Days of Biking "http://30daysofbiking.com/ on Twitter, sponsored by a group of "joyful cyclists" in Minneapolis during the month of April. I loved tweeting about each day's ride so much I didn't want to stop! "Velo du Jour" is a continuation of recording and sharing my rides post-30 Days of Biking.
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