Minneopa and Flandrau State Parks

TRIP DETAILS  LENGTH 10 miles (3 hikes in two parks) DIFFICULTY Easy wide trails. DATE  June 10, 2017 MAIN FEATURES  Bison, Minneopa Waterfall, Prairie views Today's post is a DOUBLE FEATURE and marks hike #25 of my 52 hike challenge, almost half-way there!  I wasn't able to join the scouts camping this weekend, so I met them down at … Continue reading Minneopa and Flandrau State Parks

Kinnickinnic & Willow River State Parks

TRIP DETAILS  LENGTH 4-8 miles (we did 4 miles in each park) DIFFICULTY Accessible for all abilities (Kinnickinnic), Hills!  (Willow River) DATE  May 13, 2017 MAIN FEATURES  Views of the St Croix River and a Waterfall/Swimming Hole Together again...Las Hermanas del Pino!  Hikes # 20 & 21 for the year started at Kinninckinnic State Park, just 10-15 scenic miles off of Hwy 94 … Continue reading Kinnickinnic & Willow River State Parks

Theodore Wirth Park: Quaking Bog

TRIP DETAILS  LENGTH 5 miles DIFFICULTY Accessible for all abilities with a few hills DATE  April 23, 2017 MAIN FEATURES  Quaking Bog and Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary Here's another local gem, Theodore Wirth Park's Quaking Bog and Eloise Butler Trail!  This section of the park also has a pretty rad single track bike trail and commuter/road bike paved … Continue reading Theodore Wirth Park: Quaking Bog

Last week’s micro-adventures, plus Big Agnes Fly Creek UL1 and Women’s Serrana Sleeping Bag gear review!

And at the end of the day (or week), Your feet should be dirty, Your hair messy And your eyes sparkling ~Author Unknown   So....it's Thursday and my hair is still a mess, I keep finding dirt under my nails and my eyes are definitely sparkling;  stronger, braver and wiser. Last week started with a trip to Colorado … Continue reading Last week’s micro-adventures, plus Big Agnes Fly Creek UL1 and Women’s Serrana Sleeping Bag gear review!

What do 4,313 iPhone photos, 1,368 emails, the DNR and NPS have in common?

Who cares, let's go outside!  I'm supposed to be working on my 40 bags in 40 days decluttering project tonight by going through my iPhone photos and exploding inbox.  I'm terrible with cleaning up my phone...so, here I am procrastinating. As I look over at my empty backpack, hanging there, in the corner, staring at me...and I'm trying to sort though photos...I have to just give … Continue reading What do 4,313 iPhone photos, 1,368 emails, the DNR and NPS have in common?

Clifton E. French Regional Park

  TRIP DETAILS  LENGTH 1-9 miles DIFFICULTY Easy and accessible for all abilities DATE  Many times MAIN FEATURES  Medicine Lake, night time winter hiking, epic playground CLIFTON E. FRENCH REGIONAL PARK, or "French Park" is my go to park if I am limited on time and just want to get outside.  We fell in love with it when the kids were … Continue reading Clifton E. French Regional Park