Hiking Club Trail #36
Date: September 21, 2020
Location: McGreggor, MN
Length: 5.3 Miles
Cumulative Hiking Club Miles: 106.7 of 197
Birthday Hike 2020! This park is huge and I can't wait to come back and hike more of it. The fall colors were spectacular!!!
This park is really well maintained, trails were great and the signage was even better. This park has quickly become one of my favorites.
The Hiking Club trail takes you to a view point of the Continental Divide between the Mississippi and the St. Louis Rivers. It also brings you along part of the Savanna Portage Trail - this is an historic trail that was used by fur traders, American Indians and voyageurs. The last part of the trail takes you through some tall red pines (love the smell!).
Overall great day, beautiful colors, and a good long hike where I got to test my new hands free double leash for the dogs - it's a game changer for sure!
Hiking Club Trail #35
Date: September 17, 2020
Location: New Ulm, MN
Length: 2.8 Miles
Cumulative Hiking Club Miles: 101.4 of 197
Since the Covid-19 Pandemic hit earlier in the year and basically shut the world down, the State Parks have been overcrowded. We have avoided doing any State Park hiking this year due to the fact that crowds make it hard to hike with my mom and I have heard stories of lots of people not following park rules and having dogs off leash which would present a situation for Penny. We finally decided we needed to get back out there so we would try a mid week hike at a less traveled park.
It was great to be back on the trail. I didn't really realize how much I missed it.
This was Rio's first State Park hike - and my first time with both big dogs out at once... I am going to need to find a better double leash solution.
This Hiking Club trail had terrible signage by the end of the day my watch said we hiked 4.13 miles and the trail is supposed to be 2.8... Most of the hike was up against an electric fence (later I found out, much to my surprise, that area in the woods is home to many goats who are helping to get rid of an invasive plant species). Fall was just starting - paths were nice, wide and level. All in all it was a beautiful easy hike along the Cottonwood River.
Today we received our 100 mile patch!!!
This is my quest to find my place beneath the stars - outside the confines of my office and without the pressures of everyday life.