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Trekkin' and Birdin'
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2013 1:44 pm    Post subject: another avian adventure question Reply with quote

ok...i broke my arm last week, slipping on ice at a stupid p/g. obviously, i'm not going to be up to our usual speed for awhile, but hopefully in a week or two more, can return to some gentle hiking. so....
of the following state parks, which have fairly easy, level hiking.

afton...yeah, i know, but great river bluffs is a hop and jump
mn river valley state rec
wm obrien
wild river
rice lake
lake louise
sakatah

distance wont be an issue. more a matter of fairly safe footing. thanks.
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bflentje
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2013 2:02 pm    Post subject: Re: another avian adventure question Reply with quote

Trekkin' and Birdin' wrote:
ok...i broke my arm last week, slipping on ice at a stupid p/g. obviously, i'm not going to be up to our usual speed for awhile, but hopefully in a week or two more, can return to some gentle hiking. so....
of the following state parks, which have fairly easy, level hiking.

afton...yeah, i know, but great river bluffs is a hop and jump
mn river valley state rec
wm obrien
wild river
rice lake
lake louise
sakatah

distance wont be an issue. more a matter of fairly safe footing. thanks.


Actually, they're all fairly easy hikes, in terms of terrain. Not sure about snow depth though. Sakatah was easiest followed by mn river valley. If you do Lake Louise, follow the park trails. If you approach from the north it will be the hardest of the lot and require a water crossing.. I found out the hard way.
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Grey Wolf and Wild Rice
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2013 3:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wm O'Brien will be tricky in the winter. That road is closed (not plowed) and it can get very icy especially under MN95.
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KRedEP
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry to hear about your injury. Crying or Very sad
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Trekkin' and Birdin'
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 4:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks...i'll survive. i actually went out for a four mile walk by myself today, about half of it on snow trails. felt good.
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4nhand
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2013 3:38 pm    Post subject: Re: another avian adventure question Reply with quote

Bummer about the arm! Here's my take on the parks (I haven't been to Wild River yet):

Afton - fairly level, lots of small ups and downs, fairly long
mn river valley state rec - fairly level, watch out for snow mobiles
wm obrien - road closed, as previously mentioned, not recommended
rice lake - super easy, can't even consider it a hike
lake louise - mostly level until very end, fairly long
sakatah - slightly downhill, but not too steep and over a long distance
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2013 7:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Minneopa, Fort Ridgely and Flandrau were all nice and easy a couple weeks ago when I visited the parks. Worst for hiking was Minneopa with ice on the trail as it looked like they used it for snowshoe classes.
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Trekkin' and Birdin'
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 8:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the feedback....we've already done the New Ulm/Mankato parks, and hope to get to Rice Lake this weekend when we cache our way to a history trade fair.

I did go snowshoeing this past weekend at a park in Wisconsin and it went well. Somehow I think it might be a long time before they let me climb any trees. I'm bummed about that!
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bflentje
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 8:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Trekkin' and Birdin' wrote:
Thanks for the feedback....we've already done the New Ulm/Mankato parks, and hope to get to Rice Lake this weekend when we cache our way to a history trade fair.

I did go snowshoeing this past weekend at a park in Wisconsin and it went well. Somehow I think it might be a long time before they let me climb any trees. I'm bummed about that!


Don't let a broken bone stop you. Norvina paddled 35 miles into the BWCA with a broken foot and then last year broke her shoulder and went on to geocache for 10 days in WA and OR. Laughing
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Trekkin' and Birdin'
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 9:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't worry Bart. We've been out a bit. Two weeks of mostly complete rest and I just couldn't take it any longer. Last weekend was way too nice to sit on the couch and the doc ok'ed me for some outdoors fun.

I'm a little concerned about recovery with respect to paddling. They won't really be able to assess any tissue damage for at least three more weeks. Hopefully my next visit will show that I can begin rehab, though. Was Norvina's shoulder injury a proximal humerus break? That's what I got. Online references suggest it's "a common injury among the elderly and high energy people." I'll take the latter!

As for the tree climbing....well, this is a two person team. Trekkin' and I just won't be doing rock paper scissors to see who gets to play in the trees for awhile.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Be sure to be healed by Saturday August 17th.. the 6th annual canoe event.
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Trekkin' and Birdin'
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 9:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ha ha, that and the one in the BWCA for the virtuals. Laughing
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Aix sponsa
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is it love or obsession that gets Trekkin' to go out on a limb? I'm guessin' that climbin' can be a bit out of Trekkin's comfort zone.Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 10:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Only when he's tied up in ropes hanging over a cliff. No problem free climbing. Go figure, Mary!
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