That is a bald eagle named Angel, who I got the pleasure of “meeting” last Saturday during my sojourn to beautiful Wabasha, Minnesota, and their National Eagle Center. The purpose of the trip was ostensibly research for my upcoming book, “Crosswords for the Birds,” but more of an excuse for the nice drive along the Mississippi River and a chance to take in a beautiful day with our feathered friends. If you’re ever in the area, I highly recommend stopping by. Also, Wabasha holds the distinction of being the oldest settled city in Minnesota, though my hometown of Hastings isn’t far behind (third-oldest, I believe). So it’s definitely got the quaintness quotient in play, too.
About this week: I really like this puzzle. That’s all I’ll say about it now. Expect a short write-up regarding this puzzle next week.
I’ll be enjoying the week at my family’s cabin in Webster, Wisconsin, so when you’re reading this, I’ll likely be soaking up the sun on the beach or baiting a hook whilst fishing. Not too shabby way to spend the last week in July, methinks!