The weather was gorgeous last Saturday, and Dan and I decided to make the most of the day and drive out to Afton, MN, and hike the state park, located on the St. Croix River. What we expected to be a 1-hour hike turned into a 2 1/2-hour hike! Photos from the afternoon:
Up on the bluffs, we found many "scenic overlooks"
Another spectacular view:
A wee creek, that must have emptied into the St. Croix:
The smallest baby toad I've ever seen:
A hillside of ferns:
The edge of the river:
Common St. Johnswort:
I cannot figure out what these crazy, strange, and interesting flowers are called, but they were everywhere!
(*** UPDATE: This flower is called "Grecian Foxglove." I took a chance and emailed the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and they emailed back, with the name of the flower and links and everything!! How incredible is that!)
Old farm machinery:
More farm remnants:
One last scenic overlook:
Late in the day:
Red pines (I think!)
And one last view of the river: