Hiking Club Trail #12
Date: December 10, 2017
Location: Onamia, MN
Length: 3.2 Miles
Difficulty: Easy/Intermediate: Well packed flat wide dirt trails - the back half of this trail is pretty hilly
Cumulative Hiking Club Miles: 34.6 of 197
Took a break from the snow by driving North today... haha you don't say that too often!!!
I knew I liked this park the second we drove up - why? not sure, just a good feeling I guess. We pulled in stopped at the Ranger Station for a map - I think we scared him, we were the only ones in the Park that day and he didn't seem to expect anymore people.
When it starts to get cold the parks are empty - which I love. Now I am starting to contemplate winter hiking - I must have lost my mind!!!
It was 25ish degrees - if you wear the right layers it is perfect weather - make sure you bring a backpack you will surely end up taking layers off as you start moving. My phone wasn't too keen on the temperature though - good thing I had hand warmers in my pack. If you place them on either side of your phone in your pocket, the battery won't die.
The hike started with a red squirrel taunting Penny - chirping at her, running across the path in front of her then up a tree and down another and back again. It was pretty funny. The trail takes you past the sites of ancient Indian Villages with a lot of informative signage along the way - this Park also has a long history, it is worth the trip just to learn about it.
The lakes and streams were coated with ice but there was no snow on the ground - it was quiet and it was beautiful a great day just to be out and clear your head.
This is another park I will need to revisit as they have over 30 miles of Hiking Trails - until next time Mille Lacs Kathio!!!
This is my quest to find my place beneath the stars - outside the confines of my office and without the pressures of everyday life.