June 24, 2007 – Anniversary/Roadside Natives

Today was our 18th anniversary! We pretended to live in the city today for something different. We went to Des Moines and went for a walk around the new trail around Gray’s Lake, dined at one the city’s “happening” restaurants – Centro, stalked the aisles of a funky gourmet/organic market, drove down Grand Avenue from downtown to the end of the suburbs and watched the city change from lofts, apartments, grand brick houses in tree-lined neighborhoods, finally making way to the strip malls and beige houses in treeless housing tracts. A stop for ice cream prepared on a cold granite stone ended the day.

I didn’t bring the camera, so today’s picture is of a tiny prairie remnant close by our house – purple coneflowers, compass plant and more have somehow survived.

one year ago…