The time has come to start working those summer plans into our schedules! It's hard to believe now, but green grass and budding trees are just around the corner.
An excellent weekend vacation option, for those of us in the Twin Cities, can be found in the southeast corner of our fair state: Historic Forestville
. While the usual favorite summer sites are found several hours north of the cities, Forestville can be found two hours south. With trout streams rather than lakes and nearby wineries outnumbering the breweries, it's a whole different kind of Minnesota!
Summer has finally come to Minnesota. The sun burns late in the day and green has crawled out of the darkness to cover the trees again. Parks are filled with eager children. Beaches are occupied by van-loads of families. The swooshing noises of the boats buzzing past each other on the lakes are accompanied by the gleeful barking of the family dog.
Summer means a lot of different things to many people but for the people of Minnesota it is truly a special time. For maybe just a couple or few months out of the year Minnesotans are delivered from the icy darkness of winter...!--more-->
It was a postcard-image type day in Voyagers National Park last May when I paddled around one final rock embankment to arrive at my potential campsite. Many nautical miles had been traveled in my streamlined, rented Kevlar canoe.
And just around that corner, tucked amongst all the beautiful pines and majestic limestone, was... another camper.
In a land where the policy was first-come, first-serve in regard to back-country camping, scenes like this were not uncommon. Unfortunately for me, I found this out the...!--more-->