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Thought I'd do a little biking before groceries Saturday. I'd just read about a short ride through Waukesha with the president of Carroll U, his wife, Mayor Scrima and others for a Ride with the President. They were pedalling through the historic McCall Street area, a side of town I don't get to nearly enough, to raise awareness and encourage use of alternative transportation. I didn't leave early enough.
I fought Saturday's strong wind most of the way to Carroll and was told they "just left" a little while ago. Fortunately I picked up a map of the route, I used it for short cuts to see if I could catch up to them. Thought I may have finally found the group at Frame Park, but the large group gathering near the Rotary Building was just the Pewaukee River Run finish line. (If it was windy for bicyclists it was even worse for canoes and kayaks.) The annual River Run, a major fund raiser of the Pewaukee Kiwanis, benefitting Pewaukee, is in it's 38th year.
Never having caught up with the riders, I stopped at the bank for lettuce before groceries. What I found were money trees for sale, or Black Hills Spruce. This was another Kiwanis fund raiser, this time for Waukesha Kiwanis, the oldest and largest Kiwanis club in Waukesha County. The trees were very inexpensive for healthy 3 or 4 year old, two foot tall, bare-root specimens. Even though on my bike, at only $4.00 each they were too cheap to pass up, so I bought two.
It was a perfect day for planting trees in the yard. After briefly stopping at the courthouse to see how the recount was going, I set one tree in the backyard and the other next to the driveway before the roots got too dry. The soil is still too cold and wet for gardening, but it's getting there. It was good to get dirt under fingernails just one day after Arbor Day in the interest of providing shade and shelter for future generations of people and animals. Waukesha is, after all, a Tree City.
I'll let you know in ten years how the trees are doing. Hopefully the recount will be done by then.