Potholes and Hippies

Well, okay. Not necessarily at the same time.

I was in charge of the kids Wednesday. All day. Me. So I needed to come up with something to do and of course I decided: road trip!

First stop was Interstate State Park in Taylors Falls. They had a tour scheduled daily that walked through the “pothole” area of the park with a naturalist explaining all the unique geology. So when we show up for the tour, nobody else is there and the kids and I basically get a private tour. Cool!

Andy the naturalist explains how the potholes were formed

There was a  lot of neat stuff, including chipmunks and frogs and even some tadpoles to see.

The view from inside the “Bake Oven” which you can walk down to the bottom of

There were some YMCA campers doing rock climbing as well. We ended up eating our picnic lunch in the truck because it kept raining.

So, we were so close to Wisconsin that we just had to go over there and get Mary some cheese curds. We stopped at a couple places along the way, of course.

Looking at some exhibits at the St. Croix National Scenic Waterway headquarters
The Hippy store where we got the cheese curds

This is the store we stopped at in St. Croix Falls to get the cheese curds. Russell wanted to get something and he picked out what he thought was some chocolate candies. Turns out it was made of dates and sesame seeds! Darn hippies!

We then took a drive down the Wisconsin side of the river and stopped at the Osceola airport (KOEO). Nice little pilot’s lounge, with wi-fi and two (that’s 2!) courtesy cars available to drive into town for lunch when you fly in there.

The kids decided to play checkers in the pilot’s lounge

Then we went up to Stillwater and walked around in the rain.

Quick bite of nachos at the Chicago Dogs store in the old sawmill building

After that we headed home. Nice fun day and as we like to do, saw a few new things. See ya!

3 thoughts on “Potholes and Hippies”

  1. Hey! That looks like fun. When you said hippies and POTholes I was kinda worried at first, but now it makes sense. Cool trip.

  2. Leave it to you to take the kids OUT OF STATE on the day you were in charge!! Just seeing this post today as you quit after January. I guess you’re on a six month cycle thing. Will have to keep that in mind. Looks like you guys had a good time! Love that park at Taylor’s Falls. Ate many a Subway picnic there with Brian. Would like to take our kids there some day – but, yeah.

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