Even with taking weekends off, we're half-way through the bioregional quiz "How you live." Today we're starting the second half with question number eleven is:
What is the closest state park to your home?
The answer is not quite a toss-up, because there's almost a 5 mile difference, according to Google maps, but we're fortunate to be very close to three magnificent Minnesota State Parks located along the wild and scenic St. Croix River. We've visited each of the three parks below several times, but I can't say we know any of them very well. That gives us something to look forward to, since they're enchanting places to visit, especially when they're not overrun with the rest of us.
Winter wonders: frozen waterfalls
- Interstate -- 15 miles
view from the Visitor's Center
- Wild River -- 17.6 miles
- William O'Brien -- 19.3 miles
The equilibrium of any particular aspect of nature rests on the equivalence of its opposites. —Piet Mondrian
Some land livesso water can comb
it into grids. Thisis why lowlands
tilt still towardthe sea. This so
we call our canalleaning horse,
hat tempting wind,somewhere a tear
in linen wherethe loom bent
a heddle. We plantlapis in the middle
of begonia boxeshung from our
houseboat’s sills.At night the eels
snug againstour houseboat’s hum,
water’s warm hem.We hear them slip
itch into our floor.Our houseboat lilts
when the bigger boatsslide us waves.
Our concrete floats.We’re mostly moored
to stay. In the dampbank where the ducks
hedge weeds,our bikes sleep.
We lean toward wind.Our pant legs thin
from all the rainon our knees.
From here the horizongauzes above us.
We are half hiddenby light. We are folds
in fog. We standopen on the deck
and beckon the siltto settle. We wait
for a balance so grandthat any flicker
of inverse couldpull us up to spires.
Source: Poetry (September 2008).
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Please be kind to each other while you can.