Long ago we received a book that highlights 60 hikes within 60 miles of the Twin Cities and we've been meaning to explore some of those areas ever since. I finally decided that fitting in some of these day trips/hikes is going to be a goal of mine this spring/summer/fall. We took our first of these hikes today at Schaaf's Bluff Trailhead, which is part of Dakota County Parks' Spring Lake Park Reserve. How is that for a mouthful! The trails go along the forested bluff beside a widened area of the Mississippi River just about 30 minutes out of town.
Oh, what a beautiful day it was! The weather was absolutely perfect for hiking: temperatures in the 70s F with a slight breeze and just a few clouds in the sky. Perfect, I tell you. We picked up some picnic supplies and made a day of it.
|those are train cars passing by in the background|