This past weekend we packed everyone up and went camping.
Our destination was Savanna Portage State Park which is about 3 hours north of the Twin Cities area.
The weather was absolutely beautiful, but it had rained heavily the day before our arrival so there was some mud and ‘skeeters’. The mud dried up quickly as the temps warmed into the high 70’s (Fahrenheit). We had been to Savanna Portage previously so this time we spend the majority of our exploration time at Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge. This place was about half an hour away and is a vast area where you could spend a lot of time walking all of the trails. They also have a drive though, self-guided tour. You pick up a pamphlet and read about the special things pointed out by signs with numbers that correspond to the number in the pamphlet.
Scooter has been having problems with his right, front leg. He was in for x-rays but the first time they showed his leg clear in the area where we thought the trouble was. However, further up in his shoulder, which was not well covered by the first x-rays, there looked to be some cloudiness. So today he is back in having his shoulder x-rayed again…and we are praying it is not something horrid.
Still, because of his shoulder being sore and the limping we elected to drive through the refuge and to stop and do some short walks on the trails. (Scooter is the black and white on the left, Renner on the right.)
The speed you can drive through the refuge is pretty low and no one else was behind us so we took the ride slowly with the windows down so the boys could stick their heads out when they wanted to. Renner is above, Scooter is below.
We really didn’t see as much ‘wildlife’ as we would have liked and we did this in the morning and again in the evening to see a variety of critters.
Each time it was just a beautiful place, and though we didn’t get to see a lot of inhabitants we did see this guy….
This Porcupine was just kind of toddling along the road. A very large one to be sure and we made sure to give him lots of space. Sure don’t want to mix it up with one of these guys.
This was a drainage area than I do believe some beavers were helping with. There were several beaver lodges in the area which I could not get a decent photo of as they were pretty far into the wetlands.
We explored until the boys grew tired and then headed back to camp. Certainly this refuge is a place we will return to one of these days, it is filled with places to explore.
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