Lake City Swimming Beach

We have spent a fair amount of time at the swimming beach this summer.

You never know what you are going to see here! These "bikes" were very unusual..
Margaret having a look inside
This one had a cover
They weren't very big!
We always wave when "The Pearl" goes by!
Sunset is beautiful here, and surprisingly, not very crowded.
Very windy this day!


Camping with the Girl Scouts

My co-leaders and I took our troop of Junior Girl Scouts camping last week, finally, after postponing twice due to weather. First they learned how to set up tents...we had three different kinds for them set up.

The path (cliff) down to the secret fort. Ever notice how every campsite has a secret fort?

the secret fort was pretty cool.

Scouts making lunch....we cooked every meal over the fire.

In lieu of the traditional sit-upons, my co-leader had this idea! Buckets that the girls decorated...they were great because they could store their belongings in it and not lose flashlights, bug spray, water bottles......

Hobo dinners

God's eye

The moon rise was amazing!!!!!!!!!!!

morning view from our campsite

making breakfast

Omelettes in a bag.

They turned out great! Everyone got to make their own.

We did a service project for the park; raked the beach free of debris...the girls worked so hard! This photo was also on the front page of our local paper.

glow bracelets cut open.

Glorious sunrise!!!!!!!!



It has been cicada mania around here for the last two weeks...We know a great spot to take a daily walk and collect exoskeletons and if we are lucky find a cicada or two to watch emerge.
Margaret's tummy

the girls hung these exoskeletons all over the park office window


new adult

wearing some cicada exoskeletons


the wings are all rolled up

brand new adult next to it's exoskeleton


Quarry Hill Nature Center Rochester, MN

We visited Quarry Hill Nature Center last week.

Lots of trails here!

Old retaining wall

Stream trail

Family Trail

Woodland trail

Stream Trail

Margaret identified this burdock

Exploration Hall

Timber rattlesnake

Eastern Screech Owl Spiny soft shell

Common Snapping turtle

Blanding's turtle

bird observatory

this little red squirrel entertained us for a while.

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