Mondays are my day off. Normally I like to head out to Phalen Lake early in the morning for a walk to get some exercise and enjoy the fresh air. Yesterday I had a change of pace. I traveled to Winona to help our daughter Jenny as she prepares to move home from college for the summer. After loading up the car, we had some free time on our hands. And so we decided to go for a walk. It was nice to have a traveling companion. Lately, I have mostly been walking alone.
It was a beautiful morning for a walk. The sun was shining. The birds were chirping. People were out to enjoy the nice spring day. We walked around what is known as East Lake. The trail that runs around the lake is 3.7 miles long. This is a half mile longer than the trail that goes around Phalen Lake. On our walk we saw a number of different bird species: geese, mallards, gulls, red-wing blackbirds, and robins; just to name a few. We also saw 6-8 turtles sunning themselves on some logs. I guess they had spring fever, too!
Last night, as part of my evening routine, I read from Today’s Light, a daily devotional guide that takes you through the Bible in two years’ time. Currently, Alaine and I are reading through the Old Testament prophet Micah. I was struck by one verse in particular: “All the nations may walk in the name of their gods; we will walk in the name of the Lord our God for ever and ever.” (See Micah 4:5) I thought it was quite a coincidence given the walk my daughter and I had taken together that morning in Winona.