Friday, May 27, 2016

Franz Jevne State Park

Today Noelle, Sierra and I made last minute plans to head over to our nearest state park: Franz Jevne State Park. We arrived at the park just in time for lunch, and so we started our visit with a picnic along the banks of the Rainy River.
Rainy River
As we ate , we admired the proliferation of wildflowers in bloom nearby, including nodding trillium, bellwort, lots of violets,
white violet
yellow violet
and others.
unknown flower
star flower

After lunch we headed to the campground and started a hike of the Hiking Club Trail
start of hiking club trail
near campsite 15.
hiking girls
The trail led down to the banks of the Rainy River where we found a few boundary markers.
boundry marker
Due to the middle of the river being the international boundary, the markers are placed on land on the American side of the boundary with the understanding that the actual boundary is measured a set distance from the marker. From the trail we spied an intriguing island in the river that I'm guessing is American.
island view
We saw a yellow lady's slipper in bloom,
yellow lady slipper
along with some bunchberry.
bunchberry
We also saw a few frogs
wood frog
frog 2
which Sierra appreciated. Soon enough we got the Hiking Club password and turned around to head back to the car. It was a pleasant visit to Minnesota's smallest state park.
Rainy River 2

1 comment:

luksky said...

I'm a frog and toad fan myself.