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Rained Out – Minnesota Valley State Park – Hiking Club

Today was one of those days when you and the meteorologist think it’s going to be a perfect day for a hike, until you’re halfway through that hike and reality hits you with a giant or should I say many giant rain drops.

Since it WAS suppose to be such a nice day, we decided to check off the next closes hiking club trail to us at the Minnesota Valley State Park. Just minutes from the Twin Cities, the Minnesota Valley Recreational Area, in the Lawrence area of the park, is where this 4 mile hiking club trail begins. The shelter house in this area is where you can find the stamp for the Passport Club as well. This very “naturous” hike started out great with abundant views of green foliage, full tree tops and colorful flora sprinkled in, but it slowly went for a turn of the not-so-great as we progressed through the hike. The overgrown grass and plants that covered the trail got taller and taller the farther we hiked in and it tickled the heck out of my legs, but I was fine with that, tickle away! Yes, the bugs sucked a lot, especially the further in we got into the park, but we were already fully prepared with bug spray. I think when it really took its turn for the not-so-great was when my hubs decided to say innocently enough “a little rain would be nice”. The powers that be must have heard him because right when we got to the hiking club trail password, down it came. Lighting, thunder, pouring rain and no cover or shelter in site. We ended up mucking our way back towards the trail head through a “shortcut” (says the hubs) and found ourselves fully drenched on the side of the highway that brought us to the park. Double checking that we were headed in the right direction (since I don’t have a whole lot of confidence in my sence of direction), we ran the rest of the way, in the pouring rain, back to where our car was parked.

So after all that, we didn’t fully get through the whole trail but we did get to the password before we got soaked from head to toe.

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Trail signs at the beginning of the path.
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Minnesota Valley flora.
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The least overgrown part of this trail.
Lake and viewing area near the beginning of the trail.
Sign for foot path to the river off the hiking club trail.
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Foot path to the Minnesota River.
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This tombstone marker was right off the side of the trail.
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Hiking Club password. Before the downpour.
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Post-hike, soaked clothing.

I’m not sure when we will get back to this trail again to finish it out, but if you plan on doing this trail anytime soon be prepared for an overgrown untamed trail and even more so, untamed bugs. Also keep an eye out for any of those rouge Minnesota thunderstorms. 😉

Fort Snelling State Park – Hiking Club

The hubs and I decided to go out on our first hiking club trail a couple weeks ago and since Fort Snelling is the closest state park to our home, it was the first one to get checked off the list. This is a 3 mile trail located in the heart of the Twin Cities and has great views of where the Minnesota river and Mississippi river meet. Here are the few pictures I took on the Fort Snelling Hiking Club trail.

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On the way to the Fort Snelling State Park’s Hiking Club trail.
Got to love Mondays! ;-p
Sign on the bridge pointing towards the head of the Hiking Club trail. It was also a Monday. 😉
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Flood marker on Pike Island.
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Hiking Club password. Half way point.

 

Keep an eye out for some snails on the trails!

 

Gearing up.

Just reserved our first camping trip of the year for the hubby and me. I’ve started getting a list together of what we’ll need for this and future camping trips. We are starting a bit late this year since we were busy with a new job, going to weddings, and planning and having one of our own weddings this past June. Now that things have died down a bit and we are able to get ourselves some camping time in finally. Our goal is to start minimalizing our camping gear and taking less with us when we camp. Usually we do the normal drive-in sites, where we can have as much crap at the site as we want without having to lug it around. This year we decided to start doing more rustic, walk-in sites and maybe even some hiking/backpacking sites. Guess we’ll see how well it all goes very soon! 😉

I also just started the Minnesota State Parks’ Hiking Club and the Minnesota State Parks and Trails Passport Club. Check it out if you are into hiking or camping. You can earn yourself some badges, a plaque and, even free nights of camping!