Monday, October 17, 2016

Return to Franz Jevne State Park

Even though the day was a bit chilly and overcast, we just had to get outside of the house. We decided to make the drive west to Franz Jevne State Park. We had been there before, back in May. Still, we wanted to see what the park looks like in a different season.  As we made the drive out to the park, it was obvious that the colorful fall leaves that still clung to the trees close to Rain Lake were an anomaly. It pretty much looks like winter out along the banks of the Rainy River.

We started our visit with lunch at a picnic table. Sierra and I did some exploring nearby and found one of the small international boundary markers.
Sierra and a US border monument at #franzjevnestatepark .
Then we hit the trail, starting with a short road walk
walking road
before stepping onto a footpath.
start of trail
There were lots of colorful fungi on the forest floor among the fallen leaves.
colorful fungus
No wildflowers in bloom anymore, even the goldenrod has gone to seed.
goldenrod seed head
Our route followed closely to the southern boundary of the park
holding hands
before turning nearly 180 degrees and heading back along the Rainy River.

We took a side path to where we had found the Hiking Club password on our last visit, to find a great view of the Rainy River
Rainy River
and an eagle flying across into Canada. There was a large eagle nest in an aspen tree (that seems a bit unusual) on the American side.
eagles nest
Sierra spent much of her time looking for colorful leaves. She left them in special places along the trail so that the animals could use them as "blankets".
Sierra and her Go Pack Go leaf
Soon we found the "rock outcropping" marked on the map.
rock outcrop
I took a side trip to investigate it a bit and found the park's official geocache in the process. I took one of the "Call of the Wildflowers" cards as a memento.
wildflower card

A short walk later and we were back at the start of our hike where Sierra decided she needed to pump some water.
pumping water
Then it was the long drive home.

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