Last night a thunderstorm went through. While there was a good amount of lightning and thunder, we didn't get much rain. The sky was dark and gray though when I got out of the tent so I quickly ate breakfast and packed everything up to try and beat the rain. As I hit the road it looked lie rain was imminent. I started to wonder if it was a good idea to try and do some more hiking. Eventually I convinced myself that a hike in the rain, should it happen, would be a pleasant and welcome experience, and so I headed south again to Glendalough State Park.
The Hiking Club Trail at Glendalough makes a 3.3 mile loop around Annie Battle Lake.
It was a pleasant hike, but to be honest I felt a bit bored by it. It just felt like the hikes this weekend were all too similar; a hike through deciduous woods and grassy areas, with a few lakes sprinkled in here and there. The gray sky and a stiff breeze blowing across the lake probably didn't lift my spirits that much either. The hike around Annie Battle lake did offer some pleasant woods to walk through and even a few wildflowers to look at.
From Glandalough State Park I headed east to Inspiration Peak State Wayside. Inspiration Peak is a 400 foot tall glacial feature and the tallest natural point around for miles.
Author Sinclair Lewis praised "the enchanting peace and seclusion of this place for contemplation" and there is a nice view from the top.
After descending Inspiration Peak I headed south again to Lake Carlos State Park. The trail here stayed mostly in the woods.
I saw some interesting fungi growing on a tree trunk
and saw a few wildflowers like this bladderwort.
Then it was the long drive back to Duluth.