Sometimes you just need to get away, see something new, and just explore..solo 10/22/17
I slept in, looked outside, saw sunshine, looked at the temps in the 50's and that was that. I needed to go! I took a quick glance at the Roadside Attraction app I use to find somewhere 'new' to go. I've been to Taylors Falls area, most often for fireworks across the border, but there it was! My destination. The Interstate Park - one on the MN side and one on the WI side. There were rock formations ('potholes') some nature inspired views, hiking trails, fun fall roads nearby... this was going to be a great day!!!
I gear up, hop on the bike and take the most random, unpredictable, and least busy roads I could to get to the east side of the metro and over towards Taylors Falls. I've never been a fan of just freeway riding if I dont have to. I mean, if I want to cover serious miles in a day to get somewhere far away, sure, freeway is the only way to go. But if I am just putzing around for fun, lets be real, freeways suck. Traffic sucks. So I veer north from my house, then take whatever right turn looks proimising for a little curve action and minimal stoplights. Then I turn left on a random fun looking road. Then right again.... and so on. I got to the MN Side of Interstate Park and wasnt sure which side I wanted to stop in. There were no parking spots on the pull offs, so WI side it was! There was a tourist info building just over the river where I stopped to ask the gal where she would recommend going to do a little hiking to see some views. She gave me (no joke) 4 trail maps and highlighted a bunch of trail options, etc. She was awesome!!!
After climbing back up the trail and heading south to see where the next outcrop would lead me, I didnt have to go far and then!! GOLD!!! I see THE rock - its even got a divet in it, perfect place to sit my ass down on the ledge and soak up the view. I do some photography (for my own liking) on the side and had my super fancy camera with - while climbing around the rocks, I took my bike key and looped the keychain ring around my jeans belt loops - if I dropped my key, I would be walking home and that didnt sound fun. I also wrapped the camera bag around my neck for fear of dropping it. And my cell phone went in the sports bra. This way, I could climb out to the ledge much safer ;) and not break, lose, or drop my crap in the process. Down the rock piles I go to get the rock that was jutting out over the river perfectly waiting for me.... I make it down to the rock and ahhhh.... heaven. The sights, the sounds, the smell of nature, the views below me, to each side of me... all beautiful.
I soak it all in for a few minutes, just relaxing amongst natures beauty. Then I skooch myself to a rock that juts out JUST a little farther, get myself ready to take a mandatory selfie. Yes, for my mother. She will LOVE this view, I think as I chuckle a little.
And to make my efforts even less desired by my mother, I climb around on rock ledges...wearing cowboy boots, which over the years, have become my 'go to' hiking footwear.
After skooching back from the edge, re-securing all of my stuff, I rock climb back up out of the crevice of nature and back to the trails. I head to the next little hiking area and the next trail.
I hike a few more trails and head back to the bike. The sun is dropping quickly and losing its heat source even faster.
The road into and around the park was super pretty and still had quite a bit of color left to see! I love nature :)
|The sun went down just enough in 2 miles to make the focus on my camera impossible to capture the 70,000 turnover.|