Our plans to spend the weekend playing by the lake in a friend's borrowed cabin fell through at the last minute on Friday, leaving us with the challenge to make lemonade as the saying goes. As any good Papa would, Josh got out his atlas and after a few quick internet searches came up with a weekend adventure that made us forget all about our disappointment. We made two seperate day trips to sort-of nearby state parks that we had never been to before. We swam, hiked, fished, and played the days away, stopping for picnics (with lemonade of course) and and naps on our great big blanket. The weather gods smiled down at us with 89 degree sunshine and not a cloud in the sky. Being new to Minnesota (and leaving again in a few months) made the exploring all the better. We even found a park that we hope to return to next summer for a real camping trip.
These pictures are from Kathio State Park, where we spent the whole day on Sunday, and we will again another day.
This half-mile trail took us an hour and a half going at the pace of a curious two-year-old . . .
clomping--I mean "marching"-- down the board walk . . .
And we watched this marsh hawk hunting for a long time. And wow do those hawks have to work for a living!
It was a weekend we will remember for a long time to come, full of all the good stuff summers are made for. And I hope your weekend was the same :)