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Hi. I’m Maery, a writer in the Twin Cities. Although I no longer have the body for extreme adventures, I love to bicycle, go horse trail riding and take hikes with my dogs.  

One thing you should know before you join me on my quest -- I don’t have a map. And I’ve been known to wander off course and stop to listen to birds and look for agates. I also have a few issues with fear and anxiety. In other words, I’m not a good role model or adventure guide. But in this time of uncertainty and polarization, I'm not sure anyone has a reliable map. We'll just figure it out as we go.

fat tire bike

fat tire bike
I am beginning to think that I would have been better off getting studded tires for my Neko than getting a fat tire bike for riding on snow. My biking so far this winter has been mainly on ice. Still, there’s enough snow around to work on negotiating a variety of conditions.

So far I’ve alternated between riding on ice, snow, and deep ruts. The ruts are the trickiest. My tires bounce from one side of the ice and snow wall to the other as I slip and slide and bump along in a far from straight line.

King's Island
There is a new bike trail being built to connect bike routes from Anoka to Ramsey and give cyclists a way to avoid riding on Hwy 10 to travel north. But between the flooding that ran from Spring through much of the Summer and the all too short in-between time, before the snow and frozen ground started, the city has only gotten as far as putting down dirt fill to create a trail across the King’s Island, and starting two bridge crossings to get onto and off of the island.

The rough trail is a good place to practice on my bike without anyone seeing how clumsy I am.

 

two dogs

two dogs

I didn’t post yesterday as I spent most of the day outside with dogs and fat tire bike and horseback riding, taking advantage of a windless, winter day before the arctic blast of today. Today will be a housecleaning and writing day. But, oh, yesterday…

There was much dog dancing
And craziness

dogs playing

A bit of contemplation
doggie day-dreaming one might say

dog portrait dog portrait

Gnashing of teeth
In mock jaw wars

dogs playing dogs playing dogs playingA human knock down
By a head-on rush of black fur

dog runningAnd there was laughter
Because dogs are the best
Entertainers and medicine
Known to this woman

dog portrait

Because of the dog’s joyfulness, our own is increased. It is no small gift. It is not the least reason why we should honor as well as love the dog of our own life, and the dog down the street, and all the dogs not yet born. What would the world be like without music or rivers or the green and tender grass? What would this world be like without dogs? ~ Mary Oliver

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Fee Fi Fiddle E I O

Tony Jaros River Garden

view on my drive home

(sung to the tune of “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad”)

I’ve been working on the computer
All the live long day
I’ve been working on the computer
Just to have health insurance and a 401K
Can’t you hear the phone a ringing
     … instant messaging pinging
     …. email dinging
Rise up so early in the morn
Can’t you hear employees yelling
Lord, I feel entirely worn

Maery please don’t blow
Maery please don’t blow
Maery please don’t blow your mi-i-ind
Maery please don’t blow
Maery please don’t blow
Maery please don’t blow your mind

Someone’s in the cubicle with me-e
Someone’s in the cubicle with me
Someone’s in the cubicle with me-e
And I just want to go:

Fee fi fiddle e i o
Fee fi fiddle e i o-o-o-o
Fee fi fiddle e i o
Silliness stops me from getting too low