Monday, January 9, 2017

A Winter Day in Stillwater, Minnesota

Yesterday Noelle, Sierra and I packed up the car and headed down south to Stillwater, Minnesota for a weekend of adventure. We checked into our hotel last night, went for a swim, and met up with some friends, before turning in for the night.

Today we made the short drive from our hotel to check out town and surrounding area. Our first stop was the St. Croix Boom Site.
boom site sign
It's a place where long ago logs that had been floated down the St. Croix River were sorted and pulled out of the river. I had heard there was a cave there, and so I braved the icy path
crossing bridge
and headed down to the riverside where,
cliffs
sure enough, I found the cave.
looking out of cave
We read on an interpretive panel that it was carved out of the rock to provide storage for food used to feed the workers at the boom site.
reading sign

On our way back to town we stopped by Fairy Falls. The path was icy, but Sierra, Noelle and I were able to get a decent view of the frozen waterfall
Fairy Falls
by walking in the snow off to the side of the path.
bushwacking
On the way back to the car Noelle and Sierra skipped the path altogether and bushwhacked. We then headed into downtown to walk around and eat lunch at Leo's. Sierra rode a horse she liked
Sierra on horse
and we walked up a set of stairs to a wonderful view
downtown Stillwater
of Stillwater, the St. Croix River, and the famous lift bridge. We will be returning to town this evening to check out the Ice Castles.

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