Saturday, June 11, 2011

Carley and Latsch State Parks

Wildflowers

After checking out the awesome Prairie Moon Sculpture Garden, Noelle, Mom and I headed further north along the banks of the mighty Mississippi to the Creamery in Nelson, Wisconsin where we got some delicious garlic cheese curds and ice cream. Dairy products are wonderful energy sources for hiking. From the Creamery we crossed the Mississippi and headed into Minnesota to Through the town of Plainview to Carley State Park.
Hikers

Carley is a small state park, but we had an interesting hike along the Whitewater River.
Crossing Whitewater River

Unfortunately the bluebells which the park is known for were no longer in bloom, but we enjoyed our hike nonetheless.

From Carley State Park we headed back towards the river and headed towards Winona, Minnesota. We stopped at the small and unusual John Latsch State Park. I saw this park is unusual because there is nothing in it except for a solitary trail. This trail is a great one though. It ascends over 600 stairs
Stairs

Noell & Stairs

to the top of the bluff and some great views of the river.
Eric & Noelle at Latsch

Mississippi River

We spent  a few minutes up there before descending back to the car.

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