Today’s hiking adventure was at the Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center.
Today I adventured out for a solo hike. Mother Nature has a way of healing the soul and I needed a bit of that today. The sun was shining, the birds were chirping, and the squirrels were playing. I began my adventure on the Savanna Trail.
From the Savanna trail, I entered the South River Bluff Trail. The trail descended down the bluff towards the St. Croix River.
The river began to appear through the trees. I could hear all the boats’ motors roaring in the distance.
The right side of the trail was lined with stones. Some are covered in a dark green moss.
The trail led to a dock on the St. Croix River. Many boats passed by in the distance. The wake from the boats made the dock sway back and forth.
I must have been the first person on the trail this morning. I was walking into so many spiderwebs. Spiderwebs are so itchy!
The trail began to go straight up the bluffs. Many different ferns were basking in the heat.
The trail led me back to the Savanna Trail.
Next stop was the Ravine Lookout. A beautiful wooden deck stretched down the side of the hill. It was a bit buggy at the bottom, so I didn’t stay long.
The North Loop Trail was next.
The next part of the trail was my favorite. The tall pine trees looked amazing and they smelled wonderfully.
The Red Cedar Trail was next.
The Red Cedar Trail led back to the North Loop Trail.
The trail led to the front of the park. I crossed the road to take a photo of the park sign. A beautiful Polyphemus Moth was hanging on to a stem. I couldn’t believe how huge it was. After a bit of research I learned they only live for 4 days. I am thankful I was able to see it in its short life. It remained very still for me to take its photo.
Vibrant purple lupine lined the field by the front of the park.
I crossed the street and headed back inside the park. I took the trail next to a small pond. The pond was full of tadpoles!
I wanted one more view of the river before leaving this amazing park. I took the trail to the River Overlook.
Today’s hiking adventure was 5.5 miles.