It was a hot day, sunny with a bit of a breeze. The big pavilion next to Sea Salt was blocked for a family gathering and all the nearby tables, even the ones with no shade, were filled up. We had a tablecloth that we could have spread out on the ground but we thought it would end up being a re-telling of The Princess & the Pea. A little ways off we could see what looked like some empty picnic tables, in the shade no less, so we trooped over.
Minnehaha Park is heavily forested with oak trees. None of them are famous (although there are plenty of famous oak trees if you believe the internet) but they provided a nice, cool bit of shade. We settled in and then fairly quickly realized why no one else had claimed the spot.
Acorns are oak nuts; they usually contain just one seed and can take between 6 to 24 months to mature before they can sprout into an oak tree. All I can say is that the acorns in the oak trees above us were ready to go. The terminal velocity of a falling acorn from a tall 40-foot tree is 22 miles per hour. Most of the acorns didn’t hit us directly, but they made a whooping loud noise when they hit books, plates, phones and the tables themselves. Even though we stayed for a couple of hours, when we got up to leave we felt like we were fleeing from a dangerous situation.
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