A Walk in the Big Woods

Saturday had to be the most perfect weather day that we’ve had in many, many years. 75°, sunny, not humid, and a slight breeze. O.K., it might have been a titch more than a slight breeze, but still, not a bad day. We decided to take advantage of the weather and go to Big Woods State Park in Nerstrand, Minnesota. Big Woods State Park is basically out in the middle of nowhere, but it’s worth the drive. It’s actually only 30 minutes from our house, but then again, we basically live next door to the middle of nowhere.

Admittedly, Scott had to cajole John and I a bit to get us to go. We don’t divert easily from the plans that we’ve made in our minds but basically shared with no one. But, once our minds were changed we were excited about spending the gorgeous day doing something other than computer work. And, if you are going to go to Big Woods State Park, you want to go on a breezy day. I’m guessing on calm days the deep woods might be full of mosquitoes that would challenge even the strongest of bug repellents.

Before we headed out on our hike, John and Scott consulted the map at John’s insistence. I’m more of a forge ahead and figure your way out later kind of girl, but John likes a plan. In hindsight, it might have been wise for me to check the map also because, as it turned out, they took me on the “most rigorous” trail in the park. Hmmmm….

Even though our trail was rigorous, it was also beautiful. And, we stopped for LOTS of pictures which gave us all an occasional break. Of course, the first part of the hike was all downhill!

At the bottom of the hill we found the “hidden falls” which was our aim in taking this particular trail. It was worth the effort and was even more beautiful than the picture portrays.

John and I are still smiling in this picture because it’s BEFORE our walk back up the hill. Once we got to the top of the hill I’d give John the evil eye when he pulled out the camera. In truth, it was more of a verbal warning like “don’t you dare take my picture.” Trust me, no one wants to see that! All in all though, it was a great day!

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