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 !

64 Responses to “A prairie roam companion”

  1. awesome i love nature beyond the wild imagination of human comprehension

  2. 6 sunloveraliciareg

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

    • 7 hmunro

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

  3. Gorgeous Photo! Makes you want to get outside and wander!

    • 9 hmunro

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

  4. Beautiful place! Lovely…

  5. The photo is just beautiful. Lovely post.

    • 13 hmunro

      Thank you so much for stopping by, and especially for taking the time to comment.

  6. Beautiful photo.

  7. Gorgeous photo. Thank you for sharing. The story behind it makes it even more special.

    • 17 hmunro

      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!

  8. 18 Ashley

    A beautiful picture and precious moments with special friends

  9. It looks beautiful! Go and try to hike again, because your country’s nature is so beautiful. Enjoy it!

    • 21 hmunro

      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!

  10. 22 bethanyk

    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!

    • 23 hmunro

      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

      • 24 bethanyk

        Thank you! I just thought your post was fantastic because you rediscovered a great spot.

  11. I can easily imagine Arrow looking up at you with anticipation and sniffing the grass, someplace like this. Maybe a little bug landing on his nose for just an instant before springing away.

    • 26 hmunro

      What a sweet image you’ve conjured, Jason! Thank you for helping sweet Arrow live on in my imagination …

  12. Beautiful photo

  13. thanks for sharing.. It’s great being out in nature. Kind of instills a sense of peace into me..

  14. I also love nature for its wildness

  15. 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. 🙂

    • 33 hmunro

      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.

  16. Awesome blog.

  17. 36 beamingbeauty11

    Nature is like a total escape from everything… Always there when you need it 🙂

  18. awesome picture

  19. I have never been to america but this sounds beautiful!!

    • 43 hmunro

      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!

  20. Thank you for inspiring me to go on a nature walk again. Also beautiful picture. (:

    • 45 hmunro

      I’m so glad this post spoke to you. Thank you for stopping by, and especially for your kind words.

  21. Nice picture. I like nature and i hate people that didn’t care about nature. I think nature is very important for our life…

    • 47 hmunro

      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!

  22. Even the smallest of rituals should not die out…or make new ones 🙂

  23. I nice long walk has its way of putting everything in perspective! Nice post.

  24. A beautiful landscape photo. Always good to be reminded of the pleasures of Mother Nature.

  25. You should keep going its sad i know but you at least have beautiful memories of those times.

  26. I like your article, very inspiring and thank you for your post……….

  27. Fascinante

    • 57 hmunro

      Me complace mucho que le haya interesado. Gracias por su comentario.

  28. One of my favourite things to do, be it I don’t do it often enough. Country walks….fresh air and nature in abundance. x

    • 59 hmunro

      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

  29. 60 darkquill269

    Reblogged this on Jeff's Mind.

  30. 61 youequalme

    That´s the color in the shadow of life….. nice pic!!!

  31. Aww, very nice!

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