I went on a short walk through Veteran's Park today. It wasn't the most cheerful day to be out. Gray clouds covered the sky cutting off the sun. Spring isn't quite here yet and, though the snow has completely melted away, the trees have yet to sprout leaves and the grass is still brown with only hints of green. I wandered down the paved walking trails hoping to catch glimpses of wildlife. And I did. A few geese swam near the cattails in the pond and, occasionally, a squirrel would scurry up a tree. Over the muted sound of traffic coming from Crosstown Highway, you could hear bird calls within the surrounding trees. In the sky, a v-shaped flock of birds flew past the planes going to and from the nearby Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. At one point, I rested at one of the benches that line the path. Sometime between last autumn and now, they had been painted a dark green. A graffiti tag had already found its way onto the one I sat upon.
Eventually, I found my way out of the park. I wanted to stop by a convenience store on the park's southern border. I hadn't been there for months and was surprised to find it had closed down. Empty shelves could be seen through the darkened windows. It probably was in a terrible location. Though the street it was on is busy, it was located in the middle of the block and it wasn't convenient for cars to enter their parking lot. Plus, it was independently owned. Super America, Holiday, and BP dominate the convenience store industry around here and I'm sure it's difficult to compete.
A boardwalk that cuts through the center of the pond