Ahh… a wonderful Minnesota “staycation”, or as we used to call it before these current trying economic times… “a weekend”. They are all the rage these days if the mainstream media can be believed, and really, why wouldn’t we believe them?
The 20 Prospect Clan is blessed to be living in a wonderful place like Minnesota, where nature is bountiful. This weekend we took advantage of the natural air conditioning to get out and about our lovely state.
Saturday was spent biking the Cannon Valley Trail between Welch and Cannon Falls. It’s a beautiful little paved path on an old railroad bed running along the Cannon River, through an idyllic southern Minnesota valley. Bluff’s rise on either side, and the river meanders back and forth around verdant farmland. I can report that the corn is head high, and almost ready to tassle.
Afterwards there was ice cream. As lil’ Miss 20 Prospect inquired, “Dad, how come we always stop for ice cream after we bike?” Well honey, that’s the way that God intended it. On the 6th day he created the bicycle, and on the 7th he created ice cream. And lo’ he called it good, and it was.
On Sunday we loaded up the Kayak and headed East to the St. Croix Valley. We rented a canoe at Taylor’s Falls, along with roughly 20% of the population of the state of Minnesota, and paddled downstream to Osceola. It was a gorgeous sunny day, the perfect weather for paddling. Warm enough to play in the water, but not so hot you bake in the sun.
The St. Croix Valley is one of the loveliest spots on earth. Unfortunately, its close enough to the cities to be subject to quite a lot of suburbanization pressure in it’s lower reaches. But up between Taylors Falls and Osceola its still pretty pristine. The St. Croix is a designated Wild and Scenic river, and retains a feeling of wilderness even this far down.
Yes, it really is that lovely. If you’d like to see more photos check out St. Croix River Pictures. where photographer Jerry Wiese has a stunning collection of photos to peruse and purchase if you so choose.