Sunday, October 7, 2012

It's a treat to beat your feet on the Mississippi mud...

Last Tuesday was a lovely day for an outing, and ViMae likes to collect pretty rocks, so we went to Hidden Falls Park, in the heart of St. Paul and Minneapolis, with a picnic lunch and Vi's pink plastic bucket.

We started out like this - jackets and shoes on, staying dry.

We soon switched to this, which was much more fun.

Her bucket filled, we had one exuberant child running up and down along the water's edge and laughing. There were a dozen or so other park visitors, and a few paused to watch.

The Mississippi doesn't really become muddy until somewhere downstream from Minnesota, but we don't know a song about the "sandy and rocky" Mississippi, so Peter serenaded us with the oldie he knew.  It was a glorious day.

14 comments:

Jenny Short said...

I've never seen the Mississippi so narrow. It is beautiful way up where you were. I know you had a great time. Darling granddaughter. xo Jenny

Paula Wooters said...

Reminds me of all the times we waded across the Mississippi up at Itasca. Great memories!

DJan said...

We're walking the beach on Vashon Island while you are beating your feet on the Mississippi mud! Cool... :-)

Jeanie said...

That first picture is great...and it tells the story of a very fun day.

Ms Sparrow said...

"Just as happy as a cow chewin' on a cud, When people beat their feet on the Mississippi mud."
Oh, yeah!

Rubye Jack said...

She is such a cutie! No wonder people were stopping to watch her play.

Stephen Hayes said...

These pictures look like Heaven for a blissed-out grandma.

The Broad said...

Some Washington friends of our are visiting the same area and the pictures show that you are having some great weather and the scenery is just beautiful ... Your granddaughter is just gorgeous!

Far Side of Fifty said...

Loved the foot prints in the sand..what fun for ViMae..one of the last really nice warm days should be celebrated!! :)

Grandmother said...

A child's exuberance- is there anything better?

Pearl said...

How beautiful -- and not many of those days left!

Pearl

Green Monkey said...

ohhhh to watch the running and hear the laughter of a child. To feel that. The simplicity of a moment. The joy in a ripple or the tickle between your toes.

what a glorious day indeed!

Midlife Jobhunter said...

Looks like a lovely day. We visited the headwaters of the Mississippi this summer. Still have that as a pending post. Hope all is well with you.

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

What a grand ol' time!

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