Monday was a spring day -- today is back to winter! For my volkssporting activities I'm doing books about walking A-Z is cities or towns anywhere in the United States and A-Z in Minnesota locations. Thus V is for Vadnais -- in this case, more properly Vadnais Heights. This suburb and a lake within are named for John Vadnais who made land claims here in 1846.
Information about this walk is kept at the Shoreview Community Center. After getting myself organized I got a cup of coffee and read for awhile, hoping the day would warm just a bit. By the time I left around 11 AM, the weather had warmed to shirt-sleeve temperatures -- perfect.
I drove to a park in Vadnais Heights -- apparently easy to do. A bit of Internet research reveals that 12% of this St. Paul suburb is composed of water and this 8 mile square area has 14 parks!
I had waited to do this walk until this time, hoping the snow would be melted from the trails. This is what greeted me, however, at the beginning.
Soon I was walking along Sucker Lake.
On the other side of the trail was a wet land and the frogs were very noisy, accompanied by the call of red-wing black birds which are very noisy, too. I thought this it was probably a very good idea to this walk BTB (Before the Bugs!).
I probably walked about 20 minutes along the lake and then found another parking lot. The route map directed me to walk across the street and enter a forest area. Learned this is the Allison Forest, named after a University of Minnesota forestry professor who championed saving forest lands through much of this career. Then I back-tracked to the first park, retraced some of my steps back to Sucker Lake and turned right on a trail. This took me across the bottom of the lake and then along the other side of the lake. This path was leaf-covered. The temperature and sunshine were just right. It was a lovely walk.
During this section I walked across a little bridge. The view is lovely.
In about 20 minutes I found myself along a city street, following on the side walk for just a bit, and then I could see my car in the parking lot. A very nice 5 K walk.