What a wonderful weekend! We had friends visiting as a kind of pre-birthday celebration for Shane and had SUCH an amazing time. Aside from all the food (my favorite pumpkin muffin recipe will be posted soon!), the best part was the bison reserve at the Mineopa State Park. You might remember when I posted about Shane and my picnic at Mineopa Falls. As if this park had to get any cooler, it now has a herd of about ten bison!
We found out that bison used to be found in just about every one of the lower 48 states. Because of westward expansion and the mass killings in the 1800s to make way for the railroad, these truly amazing creatures were almost wiped out. This past year, the Mineopa State Park reintroduced a herd of bison to the Mankato area. How cool is that?! They opened up the reserve for public view this month, so of course we had to go!
Seriously, this was an incredible experience. Seeing the bison up close was breathtaking! I am so grateful for the conservation efforts that brought us such a fantastic opportunity.
Speaking of fantastic opportunities, I’m going back on tour this month! If you missed out on my summer book tour, now is your chance to hear me talk about my book and go home with a signed copy of Seven Stones! Here is a list of events I have going on so far. My publicist is hard at work booking more dates, so stay tuned (and feel free to contact her if you’d like me to come to your book club/library/bookstore!)
Saturday, October 24th: 1:00-2:00pm
- Author Event, Spring Grove Public Library (Spring Grove, MN)
Saturday, October 31st: 9-3:30pm
- Brainerd Writer’s Alliance Conference Northland Arboretum (Brainerd, MN)
Wednesday, November 4th: 5:30-6:30pm
- Meet and Greet, Waterville Public Library (Waterville, MN)
Monday, November 16th: 12:00-1:00pm
- Monday Gathering, Red Lake Tribal College (Red Lake, MN)