Thursday, October 9, was a splendid autumn day and I didn't want to waste it. I decided to try the walk at Gale Woods Farm. I really didn't know what this was other than a destination. This was a drive of about 45 minutes from where I live.
Upon arrival I went to the entrance for Educational Center.
Upon leaving I took time to read a sign near the door and learned that the farm had been donated by the Gale family to serve as an educational and recreational site. It is now part of the Three Rivers Park District.
Opposite the sign by the door is a chicken coop.
On the way I went past a display about Minnesota's State Soil. This was the first I knew that Minnesota had a state soil -- it's Lester Soil. Click here to learn more about that and even hear a ballad about Lester Soil. The map below shows the distribution of this soil type in Minnesota.
Walking out on the dock I found something new to me, perhaps because I'm not an angler.
The view of the lake shore from dock was spectacular.
Is this it? Without route directions in words I had to guess.
The view within the forest was beautiful with the mid-afternoon sun.
Soon I walked by a pig yard.
And then soon I came to pen by the barn holding sheep and goats.
This one came over to greet me.
Approaching the Education Center I found several school buses and had also seen high school students on the last part of my walk, heading in the opposite direction. They are participants in a program called Junior Afterschool Farmers.
I really enjoyed this walk; it was a great thing to do a lovely autumn day.