A prairie roam companion

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Years ago, when we still had our dog Arrow, Esteban and I used to hike in a state park almost every weekend. But after Arrow died and our lives grew more complicated we slowly abandoned the habit.

I’d almost forgotten we even had state parks in Minnesota until my friend Silke — who was visiting from Paris a couple of weeks ago — specifically requested a prairie walk. I was glad to oblige, and we were blessed with a gorgeous day.

This post goes out to Silke with my thanks for not only reintroducing me to William O’Brien State Park, but also for being the perfect prairie roam companion.

À très bientôt, j’espère !


  1. Sounded lovely. I like going for a little roam as well when the weather is lovely. Hope you’re having a great Sunday xx

    • It was another glorious, sunny day — so all smiles here! Thank you for your sweet note, Alicia, and cheers to you. xx

    • Thanks for your kind words! I feel sheepish in admitting that it actually inspired *me* to get back out there today. 🙂

    • Sharing just about anything with a friend makes it more special, but this day pretty much took the cake. 🙂 Thank you so much for stopping by!

    • Thank you for your kind words! I agree — I live in a beautiful part of the world. And I did go out again yesterday to enjoy it. 🙂 Thank you so much for stopping by!

  2. After my dog jessy passed away a few months ago I realized I had not even gone around the block for over two months! Something I did every day for almost 14 years. I’m glad your friend brought you back!

    • The “going around the block” routine is one of the things I most miss about having a dog. It was such a great social outlet, to see friends and neighbors every evening …
      My condolences again on the loss of your beloved Jessy. xx

  3. I hope your life will get less complecated so that there will be time for a new dog? And if not, I hope you’ll have more time for visiting such parks. Not only if there are friends who remind you how wonderful such a day can be. I think my dogs would have really fun by visiting that state park. 🙂

    • Vielen Dank for your sweet comment, Lady Angeli! My husband and I occasionally talk about adopting a dog, but we think it would be unfair to the poor animal because we’re both away at work the majority of the day. But I promise you the day one of us figures out how to telecommute — or retire — we’ll bring home a canine companion.

      PS: The happiness of dogs in these wide-open spaces is contagious isn’t it? I hope you and your furry friends have a place like this near your own home you can explore.

    • I hope you have the opportunity to visit someday. It really is a beautiful country, with so many natural wonders — and the people are much kinder than some of the news stories might lead one to believe. 🙂 Thank you so much for stopping by!

    • I agree that nature is *critical* to our survival — a fact many of we modern humans have forgotten. But instead of hating people, HBlog seeks to educate them about the wonders that await right outside their doors. 🙂 Thank you for stopping by!

    • It is a balm for the soul, isn’t it? I don’t get out often enough either, but this walk was so healing that I’ve resolved to make country walks more of a priority. Big hug to you! xo

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