With the temperature above 70 on Sunday, it was time to finally get out to a state park. And to one without snow on the ground. I pulled on a T-shirt and a pair of shorts and was anticipating the trip out to Camden State Park.
Granted, we didn't get out there until later in the day, but it was still relatively nice outside.
It was also time to get a new park pass for the year. We pull up to the Camden State Park office while Ross went to pay. After he came out and pulled off the old one to put on the new one, Ross asked me if he had a walking trail map of Camden. I'm looking on the side console and find a 2013 booklet of events in the Minnesota State parks and the trail maps and brochures for other state parks we went to last year but no map for Camden. So Ross got out to grab a map, and we were on our way.
We started going down the river trail. I was glad I didn't have to wear a coat. But after we walked a little way, we came upon a sign that said the trail was closed. And sure enough, as soon as we walked a ways down by the river, we saw the yellow tape. Not wanting to risk anything, we turned around and went on a different trail; one that took us what we referred to as "the long loop." Most of the trip took us through the grassy open field area. It wasn't terribly hilly, and I kept myself entertained by the Zumba songs that went through my head. Yeah, if I'm not actually listening to music, I'll have my internal iPod. And in this case, it's set to the Zumba music channel.
So we tromped along, kinda bored of looking at the same type of terrain and wondering how much further we had to go to get back to the car. Ross mentions that he can see the parking lot, but I wasn't too crazy about going down the steep hill that led down to that area. I wasn't ready to go tumbling on down. We remained on the trail, which kept going and going and going. It was on the last leg of the journey that we actually ran into other people.
The featured state park on the season pass is Cuyuna State Park. I recently told Ross that we've been to 13 state parks together. And I'm sure we've been to others on our own, with friends or family. Now that we have a new pass, the plan is to hopefully increase that number by a few this summer. I'm not sure Cuyuna will be among them, but it could be a possibility.