Today, Nate & I are celebrating our 17th wedding anniversary. He came up with the idea to spend the day in Taylors Falls at Interstate Park. It was a beautiful fall day with cool temperatures, but perfect hiking weather. We took the girls with us because we knew they’d enjoying climbing on the rocks and checking out the scenery from high up on the bluffs.
The first trail we hiked on was called, Summit Rock Trail. This trail led us to a bluff which had a nice overlook not too far onto the trail. Pretty easy hiking, even for me.
This trail was a very rocky trail, but at one point, Kelly was leading the way and I said to her, “I don’t think we’re even on a trail anymore.” Turns out, I was right. After that, I started paying attention to those arrows on the trees that keep you on the paths. Thanks Kel.
We spotted some cool mushrooms growing out of this tree.
There were so many places to just sit and relax. My family chooses this spot!
Megan and Kelly just wanted the whole day to be a photo shoot. They posed quite a bit and I don’t have nearly enough room to put all of their pictures on here. We told them we’d come out here again to take their graduation pictures. They liked that idea.
After hiking that first trail, we took another smaller one called, Echo Canyon. that lead us a little more into the woods and back to the picnic tables and where we had parked. That meant it was lunch time. We packed a picnic lunch and enjoyed making our own sub sandwiches.
After lunch, we decided to hike one more trail. This one was our favorite. It was called the River Bluff Trail. It was full of huge boulders, large tree stumps & really tall trees. We loved climbing to the top and seeing the beautiful scenic views.
Since we were on the Wisconsin side of the river, once we got to the top, we could see our beautiful state of Minnesota! From up here on the bluffs, we could see more fall colors and the changing of the seasons. So pretty, so relaxing, and very therapeutic.
So that was how we spent our anniversary. We had so much fun and as always, Nate & I love including Megan & Kelly. Family is important, even on a day that is special to the two of us.
What a great day and the night will be just as good. Nate is making Osso Bucco with polenta and fresh green beans. We will be enjoying a bottle of Chateauneuf du Pape (it means…the house of the pope). A wonderful red wine that is Nate’s absolute favorite. A perfect compliment to his dish.