The prairie was bright with goldenrod.
We packed a picnic lunch and headed east to Afton State Park in eastern Minnesota. It was a glorious day: 75 degrees, gentle, dry breeze and puffy clouds in azure skies. A hint of fall was in the air.
Three ecological areas converge at Afton: savanna, hardwood forest and floodplain. The river valley rises and falls before it descends to the river valley. We started on a prairie walk that cut east into the forest. We walked along the St. Croix river after we reached bottom. The path there is a converted railroad bed. Perfectly flat and shaded by oak, maple and basswood.
We spent four hours at Afton Park. We promised outselves we would return in the fall when the leaves turn color.
The beaches are sandy. The water is cool, clear and tea-colored