What a great day for a hike- Interstate State Park MN
Sunday, March 28, 2021
The sun is shining and it is a brisk spring day in Minnesota. We headed out for a hike by a little after 9am, our daughters agreed to come with and we wanted to take them to one of the really unique state parks that have glacial pot holes. They have agreed to come with us every other weekend as they need to build up to moms crazy hikes slowly so they say! LOL
Come along with me and enjoy the beautiful sights and vistas overlook the St. Croix river on this beautiful Sunday morning!
There are lots of narrow little step trails, it rained yesterday so they were a bit muddy and a little slippery. Very glad to have bought some hiking boots a couple years ago!
This pic almost gave me a heart attack as it is quite high on the overlook but it was taken without anyone falling!
cool mushrooms growing on the dead log
The beautiful sandstone along the way.
Still some snow on the ground where the sun doesn't shine as much.
There is a kind of loop trail so when we crossed over to the over side, we knew we had about a mile and a half walk back. At the entrance to the trail, there was a warning sign that said the tunnel to the rangers station was closed due to ice and to plan accordingly. There is a very busy highway that separates the 2 sides so this is the only way to get back to where we started. Well, we all decided we could manage the ice, we would find a way around it. Well little did we know that the tunnel that is quite low to the ground to begin with was actually filled with ice! Now what? Go all the way back? Try to cross the highway? not a safe option! So, we got down on all 4s and pretty much crawled through the tunnel. It was quite an adventure for that last part of the hike! We made it by crouching, crawling and crab walking!
We got some good laughs along the way.
I am so glad that my girls have decided to join us every other weekend on our hikes. We enjoyed a very cool picnic lunch, it only got up to about 39 deg so we quickly ate our sandwiches and then headed for the warm car.
It was a great morning! Thanks for joining me and I hope this inspires you to check out your local parks or state parks. They are quite amazing. The silver lining of covid for me was to find our extraordinary state parks here in MN and a few right next door in WI!
Have a sparkly day friends. Thanks for joining me!
Wonderful hike in wonderful location with wonderful companions!! And I'm seeing that getting out in nature (and eating fresh fruits and veggies) is even more important to protect the "good bacteria" biome during these highly sanitized times!! 33 days ago
Thanks for the beautiful pictures. We haven't been to that area but it will be one to take a look at when we get home and out in the camper. I have a newsletter that we are going to try to follow called Only in Minnesota. So many, many places to see and areas to go to are written up in this newsletter. 35 days ago
I love, love, love the pictures and such happy fun on the trails. You do inspire to get out to trails that are further out from our home I must say. Thanks for bringing us along. 37 days ago
Another great hike, that we get to see, thanks for sharing this blog. You even encountered more exercise than you thought with the crawling, crouching and crab walking. Bet you never thought that was in thew plan for the day, but out of necessity since the other option was on that busy road. I so enjoy your hikes you share. We are coming up to see our kids the last week in April, don't think we will be doing any hiking. Since we have had temps in the 80's and 90's already, don't think there will be much outdoor things with the weather is still in the 30's or 40's when we come. We will need to trade our summer clothes for jeans and jackets when we come up. I will bring a couple of summer things, only since I know the weather can spring a nice day that time of year. 37 days ago
What a beautiful hike with FAMILY! ❤️ So awesome that your lovely daughters have decided to join in regularly. Making memories. The photos are beautiful, thank you! And WTG persevering at the end under tricky circumstances. PS: Tell the girls they are grounded if they go on the ledge again. 😂 Yikes!! 38 days ago
Brr, 39 is brisk to a Virginian, but what a lovely hike. I ran a Ragnar relay in Wisconsin/Minnesota several years ago. It was my first time in both of those states, and it was just beautiful. I even got to the Laura Ingalls Wilder museum in Pepin, Wisconsin. That was very cool, looking across the Mississippi where she and her family crossed the ice by covered wagon all those years ago. 38 days ago
What a wonderful way to spend the day! Not only did you get exercise, a specular view, fresh air, but you had quality time with your family. Precious memories were made today that will be yours forever. Best day ever! 38 days ago
Oh Holly, your hike looks absolutely stupendous! It looks like you and the girls and John had a great time. Thanks for all the pictures and sharing with us! I hope your Sunday is very blessed. 38 days ago
Thanks for bringing us along on this spectacular hike! What great pictures in looks like your girls really had a good time too! ... How wonderful you can do this as a family and as a bonus the sun is shining! .. 38 days ago
I LOVE 'seeing' that you have a new blog, I just KNOW it will inspire us! LOVE the hike! THX for taking me! Check out my last blog, to see my hiking photos from yesterday! You are just plain 38 days ago
60 years ago I went to the Porcupine Mountains State Park in UP MI & was entranced by the pot holes in the river, formed by pebbles in eddies - the friction of the pebbles wore indentations in the solid stone river bottom. Quite different from stones pushed downstream by the current. Also quite scenic, recommend! 38 days ago