Doncha wanna just say “Follow the Yellow Brick Road?” I do. On a side note those Ruby Slippers that were stolen up in Grand Rapids Minnesota a number of years ago have a $1 Million Dollar reward for their safe return along with the names of the thieves.
You can follow the yellow Bird’s Foot Trefoil or Lotus corniculatus (non native) most of the way to Tamarac Refuge Headquarters. We also saw a Muskrat, a Badger and one lone baby Duck waddling across the road.
There is a good supply of Common Milkweed or Asclepias syriaca (native). I only saw two Monarch butterflies along the way. Not many for the amount of Milkweed. The Monarchs lay their larvae ( looks like little black turds) on the milkweed and they hatch in a few days, the caterpillar eats milkweed and grows for about 2 weeks, eventually forming a chrysalis and then hatches into a brand new Monarch. The sole purpose of any Monarch Butterfly is to mate and reproduce. ( Reminds me of some…never mind.)
My husband special ordered a Ambulance to paint for his train set…so we went the back way to Detroit Lakes. On the return trip we went through Frazee and stopped by my Maternal Grandparents resting place and picked up the silk flowers that we left there before Memorial Day.
Not many flowers for all the grandkids they have. I visited them many times over my lifetime. I had many good visits. Someone is caring for a pot of geraniums there…I wonder who? After I took my two bouquets there wasn’t much left. Since I am the oldest…I am probably the only one retired…everyone else is too busy working.