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Enjoying the weather

June 22, 2013
By Cindy Votruba , Marshall Independent

After a search for a costume piece for Ross on Saturday morning in both Redwood Falls and then Willmar, it was deemed necessary to look for a park to go for a walk. The sun was shining, it wasn't that hot, and it was about time we went on one. Either the weather's been too wet, or we just didn't have the time.

We also took the opportunity to visit a Qdoba, a Mexican grill type of restaurant. I had never been to one, so I was basically clueless when it came to ordering. I didn't want a burrito because I didn't want it sitting on my stomach as we went walking. Choices, choicesgrilled quesadillas, taco salad, nachos, tacos. Or you can customize. I settled on quesadillas as it came with guacamole. Apparently the guacamole is "hand-smashed," plus it's good to know that it's good for the heart. Ross had a mango salad and a couple of tacos. It was very filling to say the least. I'll have to try something else when or if we go to a Qdoba again.

Then came the search for a park. Ross hadn't put his state park pass sticker on his windshield. Being in Willmar, we were only so far away from Sibley State Park. We tapped in parks into his GPS to see what was close by. One of the parks was a regional one - Lake Koronis, which is near Paynesville. I tend to like walking in parks that are close to a lake, and I didn't feel like spending money to wander in a state park. So it was off to Lake Koronis. The park has a wooded campground with 43 campsites and three cabins, along with a bike trail, a boat ramp, a playground and a hiking trail. There's also a swimming area that kids were taking advantage of. Ross strolled out onto the dock. And then a couple of kids were standing at one end of the dock, waitingI tell Ross I think he had to move. Oh, they want to make a running jump into the water. It wasn't graceful, but they hit the lake. That's when we continued on our walk.

Our journey took us through some wooded areas, a few flying bugs (thankfully not too many mosquitoes), and a trek up a scenic overlook. Then we decided to take walk around the blacktopped trail on the side of the road. It kind of got dull after a while, so we turned around and went back to the car to drive around the lake area. All in all, it's a nice spot, and I think we will be back again, perhaps to camp.



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