Exploring the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge and 5 LNT Tips During the Government Shutdown

(5 minute read) TRIP DETAILS LENGTH Long Meadow Lake Trail 3.5 miles one way DIFFICULTY Easy DATE  January 4, 2019 MAIN FEATURES  11 miles of flat, multi-use trails in this section, birdwatching I head back to work tomorrow but have had a chance to squeeze in 4 hikes to jump-start my 52 Hike Challenge this year and the best part … Continue reading Exploring the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge and 5 LNT Tips During the Government Shutdown

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Crow Hassan Regional Park Group Hike

TRIP DETAILS LENGTH 17 miles of trails, we did 11.5 DIFFICULTY Easy, flat, sandy soil DATE  July 7, 2018 MAIN FEATURES  Horse trails, sunny prairies, forest, lake and river views. I'm experimenting with posting from my phone (via backyard hammock) for the first time so we'll see how this goes. Today's hike started early at Crow Hassan Regional Park … Continue reading Crow Hassan Regional Park Group Hike

Stillwater Stair Challenge + The Stillwater Bridge

TRIP DETAILS  LENGTH 3-8 miles DIFFICULTY 500 + Steep stairs with lots of flat paved sections in between. DATE  May 19, 2018 MAIN FEATURES  Historic town of Stillwater with beautiful views of the St Croix River. My 26th hike of the 2018 52 Hike Challenge started at 6am at the base of the Chilkoot Stairs on Main Street in … Continue reading Stillwater Stair Challenge + The Stillwater Bridge

Hiking From Minnesota to Wisconsin Across the St Croix River Bridge

TRIP DETAILS  LENGTH 10 miles DIFFICULTY  Easy DATE  March 4, 2018 MAIN FEATURES Flat multi-use trail, accessible to all levels.  Windy! There is only person I can go on an unplanned 10 mile hike with.   This person escalates everything into a full fledged adventure and swears that every bald eagle I see is actually a vulture or … Continue reading Hiking From Minnesota to Wisconsin Across the St Croix River Bridge

Minneapolis Winter Festivals

There are 3 festivals converging in Minneapolis right now.   Yesterday's temps were in the 30's so there's really no darned good reason to stay inside. The Great Northern Festival City of Lakes Loppet Winter Festival Super Bowl VII Live   Hike n Pint Our morning started at Theo Wirth Park for a quick 3 … Continue reading Minneapolis Winter Festivals

2017 Year in Review

On January 1st 2017, I started this blog, as a place to write about my outdoor adventures, learning experiences, failures and encourage others to get outside at any skill level. In 2017, I also challenged myself to ask, before starting or continuing various activities, "Does this make me feel strong? Or will this build strength?” … Continue reading 2017 Year in Review

Hiking Lebanon Hills Regional Park

TRIP DETAILS  LENGTH 8 miles DIFFICULTY Easy DATE  November 4, 2017 MAIN FEATURES Forests, grasslands, marshes, and wetlands Lebanon Hills Regional Park is located in the Minnesota cities of Eagan and Apple Valley. The 1,869-acre park, the largest in Dakota County.  This park has been on my list for a while since it's fairly close to home and has come … Continue reading Hiking Lebanon Hills Regional Park