I was up at 6:15 and on the road about 7 AM on the way to St.Croix State Park, located on the border of Minnesota and Wisconsin. Click here to learn a great deal more about this state park, the largest state park in Minnesota.
The walk in the park was sponsored by the Northstar Trail Travelers , a Volkssports Club which specializes on walks and snowshoe events in Minnesota's state parks.
Traffic was very light on the I-35 freeway going north early on a Sunday morning. In a bit more than an hour I arrived at the intersection with Minnesota Highway 48 and turned east for about 15 miles. Then I found a sign indicating the park was to the right and drove down this country road for about 5 miles. In some ways it made me think of the 3 kilometers before one arrives at Reymontowka.
Soon I started to see signs indicating how to wander through the park to the Lake Clayton Picnic Shelter. I parked the car and walked to a lodge.
I set out following the blue flag.
It was a glorious morning to be walking. I'll just let these pictures speak for themselves.
I found signs marking each kilometer. Each sign gave some information about the history, plants, or animals in the park.
There's always water in Minnesota and this park has plenty. Here's a small pond.
I arrived at the lodge and got out my books. I particularly wanted to do this walk because the postal address for the park, Hinckley, filled in H in my USA A-Z book. I now have only Q and U to do, and have plans for each. In my Minnesota A-Z book I have now completed walks for 17 of the 26 letters. It counted for Pine County in the Minnesota County Book, and I have now completed walks in 25 of Minnesota's 87 counties.
I drove back to Tobie's, a restaurant on the intersection of I-35 and Highway 48. This intersection is at about the halfway mark between the Twin Cities and Duluth, and is a traditional place for stop on those trips. I was glad to be back for when returning from Duluth I stopped here and brought home some wonderful English muffins. I wanted more! I also brought home a loaf the Chippewa Bread. This bread is made with barley flour and includes cranberries and sunflower seeds. It is simply wonderful!
Came home in time to rest a bit and then head off to get some information about going to Bolivia in March, so adventure planning continues.