So I’m not done yet, but here are the states I’ve visited or at least driven in since June 1:
- North Carolina
- New Mexico
- South Dakota
- Iowa (yeah, I was lost)
Pink arrows are places I’ve slept.
The very fact that I’ve highlighted the map indicates the pause in my dogged forward motion. Helen and I slept until 8! Coffee, yogurt, and then we went exploring.
Rochester is a pedestrian paradise. MaryBeth lives on Silver Lake Park–walk out the back door and you are in a great park. She is also in walking distance of “the preserve”– a lush wooded park through which we took a great walk last night. Helen and I decided to walk through the park to downtown Rochester to the Post Office so I could get a flat rate PO box. Three women and a dog in my tiny subaru is going to be a challenge. It was a hike. Lovely though.
Mayo Clinic dominates the town. Fitting, therefore, that this charming metal sculpture of an old man leaning on his cane following a small child on a bicycle should decorate the park near downtown.
Rochester is in full bloom. I restrained myself, but there are flowers everywhere:
There are also some very cool buildings, this one in particular:
The title Very Cool Building means we couldn’t figure out what it was. Maybe part of the Civic Center?
We found the P.O. (finally) and got a flat rate box. On the way home, we passed Kismet, Rochester’s consignment shop. Turns out Kismet is dog-friendly. And in we go. Helen got a cute painted Italian leather purse. I got a summer Tilley hat, that Calliope was excited to model:
We tried a sucession of cute-on-the-hanger, hideous-on-the-body clothers, while Calli expressed her opinion of shopping in general:
After topping off our shopping with cute earrings, we went to Great Harvest Bakery for the best veggie sandwiches ever. Our stroll to the Post Office turned into a three-hour-walk. I’ve been reading (and doing laundry) while Helen works on a quilt. Calli has been exhaustedly sleeping. Feels really odd to be “normal”, but great.