Date: March 18, 2018
Location: St. Paul, MN
Length: 4.3 Miles
Difficulty: Easy: Flat wide trails, snow and ice make everything more difficult
Cumulative Hiking Club Miles: 42.3 of 197
This hike doesn't add to the mile count for me. As I stated in an earlier post my Mom finally decided to join the Hiking Club as well - we gave her credit for all the HCT miles she had done with me before she joined but, I am currently at 15 parks and she is at 8 so there are a few hikes I will be doing again - this is one of them.
More time to spend outside - I'm ok with it.
I was on the lookout for the "Piebald" Deer that people have been seeing a photographing in the Park - I didn't see it this time but I did see around 12 white tailed deer. And a kill site (lots of fur!) I am guessing it was deer vs. coyote - I am glad that all that was left of the carnage was fur...
This park has a winter only version of their HCT - the normal HCT is a cross-country ski trial in the winter. The winter takes you through the interior of the island following the power lines for a lot of the hike. It does reach the point where the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers converge - to my surprise when we got here there were over 18 boats on the river in that spot fishing. Lakes are still mostly frozen over so are rivers and there is still quite a bit of snow on the ground so I found it rather odd that there were so many boats running up and down this stretch of river.
The hike brought a lot of deer and woodpecker sightings. But I am going to have to return to get a glimpse of my Piebald Deer!
This is my quest to find my place beneath the stars - outside the confines of my office and without the pressures of everyday life.