Sur la Prairie

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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.

 

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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.

 

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We spent four hours at Afton Park. We promised outselves we would return in the fall when the leaves turn color.

 

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The beaches are sandy. The water is cool, clear and tea-colored

 

 

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