Baker Park Reserve (Maple Plain, MN) 21-Sep-2022

Baker Park Reserve, Maple Plain, Minnesota

We returned from our John Muir Trail trip to find Minneapolis surprisingly hot and steamy. But no matter since we had various mundane details of living to catch-up on – bills, trash, dentist, yard work, etc., etc. Plus a miffed cat to mollify with extra attention until she was (again) bored with us. Unlike a dog, a cat is not a creature designed to feed your ego with excessive attention or unwarranted praise. But Sofie is sooo cute… ๐Ÿ˜ป

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Lake Rebecca Park Reserve (Rockford, MN) 03-Sep-2022

Lake Rebecca Park Reserve, Minnesota

A cold front found its way across us last night, causing both the air temperature and humidity to plummet into the excellent for hiking range – sunny, clear, cool, and bug-free! ๐Ÿ˜Ž Still working off our (delicious) excesses ๐Ÿฆ at the State Fair’s Dairy Building, we looked around for some longer, more caloric hike possibilities. This led us to Lake Rebecca Park Reserve out west near Rockford.

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Miesville Ravine Park Reserve (Dakota County, MN) 01-Sep-2022

The little town of Miesville, Minnesota (population 125) straddles Highway 61 about 10 miles (16 km) due west of the Mississippi River. If you go straight south from the middle of town, you’ll soon reach the drainage that feeds Trout Brook.

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Whitetail Woods Regional Park (Dakota County, MN) 30-Aug-2022

Our faithful 60 Hikes guide was suggesting a hike at the Miesville Ravine, which is part of the Dakota County parks system. But when we went to their website, our gaze fell on a longer hike at Whitetail Woods Regional Park. This hike is not in the guide and we weren’t sure what we might find out there. But the unknown has always been alluring. So, in a moment of impetuous abandon, we decided to visit Whitetail instead of Miesville. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Lake Louise State Park (Minnesota) 24-Aug-2022

We’d really thrown ourselves into the Forestville / Mystery Cave experience. So by the time we reached Lake Louise State Park, both our spirits and the day were waning. And the weather, although not willing to commit to needed rain, was also not willing to give forth with mood-enhancing sunshine. Not that Nature has ever given a furry rodent’s bum about our mood. ๐Ÿ˜’

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