Saturday, September 06, 2008

ROADTRIP-THURSDAY-MAPLEWOOD STATE PARK

A cloudy day brought us to Maplewood State Park. It did rain a bit, but not enough to dampen our spirits. The photo below is the view from our campsite. Not too shabby, uh?
Late in the afternoon, after a little shower, we decided on a hike around the lake.
There were lots of hills, and lush green carpeted forest floors.
The path stayed pretty close to the lake shore, but did climb up and descend down quite a bit.
Portions of the trail were rocky.

But as I mentioned already, the forest floor was lushly carpeted in a beautiful green.
Yup, a few more rocks.

Many of Minnesota's State Parks have camper cabins. They are for those folks who don't want to pull a camper, or just don't want to sleep on the ground in a tent.
This campsite overlooks the lake.
This one is tucked back in the trees on a little rise.
There are three little black spots on the lake. Loons! I love to listen to the call of the loons every evening when the rest of the lake and campground have quieted down.

Another hint that the weather is about to change......red sumac.
Kind of a strange sight, bare, dead, sumac twigs and tiny delicate purple wildflowers.

The lake in the evening. After another little shower we spied just a hint of the sunset.

The next morning the lake was a different scene.....kind of ghostly looking in the morning fog.

5 comments:

Lisa J said...

Oh my how I wish I were there with you. Except I still don't know if I could do all that hiking like you do. I would be worn out!!!! The pictures are just awesome. Doesn't it make you feel so good to be able to share all of this with us? I know I am loving it. I hope you are still feeling very relaxed!

Linda up north said...

What wonderful pictures! You are great with a camera! How I would love to take a fall trip around the state parks. It is just the best time, they are so empty!
Glad you are having a good time :)

Lisa J said...

Good morning, just wanted to say hello and let you know I am thinking of you. I am also wondering what BEAUTIFUL view you are seeing right now...wish I was there with you!

Lisa J said...

Man, I just can not get enough of those pictures. I just look and look and so baly want to be there. I love that green lush carpet in the forest. I love the lake picture with the trees framing it all around. And the mirror image. I just love your shots.

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