For the next week there will be a completely different flavor to the blog. I have returned to the US to visit with my family and explore a few local Minnesota places. The first short hike was a state park near my mother’s house in the northern suburbs. Despite being close to the Twin Cities it was practically deserted on a holiday weekend. It doesn’t actually have a main draw but rather it offers pleasant tranquility.
Most of trails lead through a mature forest with many picturesque fallen, mossy trees.
A columbine flower.
This would be a giant lake and a major tourist attraction in Taiwan. I’m not even sure this counts as one of Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes.
Even this would be a tourist destination in Taiwan. This was just one of dozens of small waterholes at Lake Maria State Park after a rainy spring.