Rice Creek West Regional Trail: Locke County Park to the Mississippi River

This day was all about connections. In the past I hiked east from Locke County Park. One of my earlier blog posts is about slipping on the ice in the section between Central Ave and Silver Lake Road. East from Locke County Park the trail meanders back and forth across the creek for a couple miles, joins the road for a bit, follows the railroad track, and eventually meets up with Long Lake Park. On this day I wanted to try going west all the way to the Mississippi and see how this trail connects to the Mississippi River Trail. Continue reading Rice Creek West Regional Trail: Locke County Park to the Mississippi River

Bemidji Sculpture Walk 2019

This was different from my usual hikes in that it was downtown instead of in the woods. It was still outside in the fresh air and the lake is never far away. I enjoy looking at sculpture and trying to figure out, “How did they do that?” Each one is unique in subject, material, and presentation. The engineering of the connections is interesting to me because it is like a puzzle. Continue reading Bemidji Sculpture Walk 2019

Superior Hiking Trail: Volunteer Weekend in Grand Marais

Before this past weekend, I had no idea how much work goes into keeping a trail fit for hiking. Even though this trail looks as if it was worn into existence simply by many footsteps, it would quickly blend back into the landscape if not for the hard work of many volunteers. My daughter and I decided to give back to this trail we have both enjoyed in the past. Continue reading Superior Hiking Trail: Volunteer Weekend in Grand Marais

Central Park in Roseville, Minnesota

In the winter, this park has the best walking trails in the area. They are cleared of snow soon after each snowfall. All year round this is a great place for a long walk. There is a nice mix of lakeside, woods, ballfields, gardens, and boardwalk through wetlands. They do not clear snow from the boardwalk, but why should they? The wetlands should be kept natural. It is 1.2 miles (2 km) from one end to the other. If you include all the paths, your total walk will be close to 4.5 miles. (7.25 km) Continue reading Central Park in Roseville, Minnesota