Bunker Hills Regional Park (Andover, MN) 05-Feb-2023

After a week of “below normal” πŸ₯Ά temperatures, today the weather snapped the other way. We might be flirting with 40℉ (4.4℃) by mid-week! Mixed in, of course, with clouds, snow ❄ flurries, and some wind.

Today, however, was sunny 😎 and 29℉ (-1.6℃) and windless, with only a smattering of high clouds. Frankly, after last week, it felt warmer. Not exactly tropical, but warmer. πŸ˜…

We decided to take advantage of this faux tropicality 🌴 by visiting a place new to us – Bunker Hills Regional Park northward in Anoka County. At this time of year, there are separate ski (groomed) and walking (plowed) trails. Apparently, this area is a park today because its soils are too sandy for successful farming.

We did a loop starting from the Activity Center parking lot and added an out-and-back spur almost to the Bunker/Chain of Lakes Regional Trail. We stayed on the plowed trails – which were fine except for quite a bit of slippery ice. These trails wind past prairie and over oak-savanna covered hills – all white or stark sticks in this winter season.

Leaving the trailhead
Going south into the sun 😎
The only color comes from last year’s oak leaves
Over one of the gentle hills
Through pieces of the oak-savanna
And past an expanse of prairie
Along a windbreak of pines on the spur trail
Waiting for Spring
Heading back under last year’s oak leaves
Heading north
Well plowed but very slippery in places
Almost back to the Activity Center

The LovedOne’s sinuses were acting up, so we only did 4.1 miles (6.6 km) before heading home for lunch. No shorts were worn, but it was great to be out and about in less than six layers of clothing! 😁

Our loop around Bunker Hill

7 thoughts on “Bunker Hills Regional Park (Andover, MN) 05-Feb-2023

  1. Thanks! But we were walking not skiing. We gave up skiing when we left Colorado many years ago. Now we just walk or snowshoe during the winter season – it’s easier to stay upright that way. πŸ˜‰

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