I think I have spent more time exploring Minnesota this year than I have in my entire life. Since college, I haven't taken much time to venture outside of the cities, most of my activities generally happen within a 30-mile radius, which is kind of sad to me now. It really doesn't take that long to get away without having to spend an entire weekend somewhere. There are so many little day trip excursions.
I wanted to go on a little adventure with my parents because I don't really see them as much as I'd like to, even though they don't live very far away. Last weekend, we went to visit St. Croix state park. The weather has been pretty crappy this fall, but we went anyway, hoping it wouldn't rain. It did. Not a lot, but enough that we didn't spend as much time at the park as we could have.
We hiked along the Kettle river and tried to make it down where it intersects with the St. Croix. Alas, no go Pocahontas. That was one river bend we didn't get to enjoy. Oh well, the hike was nice while it lasted. My nephew Brandon came along too, equipped with walking stick and umbrella. Good job Brando, you win the day.
On the way out of the park we stopped and climbed up a fire tower and got slapped in the face by Fall. Most of the leaves had fallen in the area we were hiking, so it was nice to see all the colors of the wind. So pretty. Worth it.