However, we have been having so much rain in our area that there was quite a bit of problems with flooding, so our trip to Kilen Woods in Southern Minnesota, with their trails being under 6 feet of water, turned into a trip that led us up to Mille Lacs Kathio State Park.
Finding, once there, that there were no spots available to accommodate us, we moved on a bit farther to Father Hennepin State Park. Got a very nice spot at Father Hennepin, but due to the fact we had been there a few times and that Mille Lacs Kathio was only 15 miles (approx.) away from there we spent all of out time hiking at Mille Lacs Kathio State Park.
We also found out that this particular weekend it was considered one of the ‘hot spots’ for Fall leaf color in Minnesota. Cool, that was the main reason for getting out into the woods this weekend. Minnesota has some stunning Fall Color shows, just breath taking when the skies are blue. Still beautiful even under gray skies. However, we lucked out on *all* accounts because while we were there the skies cleared and we were treated to beautiful displays of vivid golds, oranges, yellows and reds against a backdrop of bright blue and puffy snow white clouds. Perfect!
Ruby (above), our grand-greyhound, was staying with us this week so she came along with us on this camping trip.
“I like it when Ruby comes to keep me company! Even if she always takes the best bed before I can get it!”
“Sigh…matter of opinion!”
ANYHOO… the leaves were gorgeous and we enjoyed car rides to and from Kathio as well as going up to Brainerd just to get some more popcorn for the late night card games when we were done roasting marshmallows around the fire.
A bog walk at Kathio.
“Mom, bring back some treats for me along with the popcorn you are getting at the market!”
Lake Mille Lacs is a huge lake.
This is a photo of ‘Paul Bunyan Land’ in the Brainerd area. It was closed when we drove by, but I’d never seen it before…so now I guess I can say I have! ;) It is a little ‘fun park’.
Just some reflections of a fun weekend.
“Yep…we are worn out!”
“Yes…and Ruby kisses to all!”