Fall at Carlos Avery WMA 51522_StaatsHow often is it that one starts to go to point A, makes a wrong turn, finds point B, and discovers something unexpected and remarkable?  One late afternoon this past week, I was headed north out of Saint Paul to meet a friend.  With an extra 25 to 30 minutes to spare, I got off the interstate to wander to a side highway.  Fortunately (?) I missed the turn and continued east, and stumbled into the Carlos Avery Wildlife Management Area.  My GPS showed lakes and sloughs on either side of me.  As I wandered down an unpaved road I came to a dike.  The sun was low in the sky and bathed the gold and red leaves in a warm evening light, offering up this late fall color, accompanied by the sounds of geese honking overhead.  All this beauty of nature was unexpectedly waiting for me on the outskirts of the city, yet it transported me to a wild and natural area far removed from the day’s hustle and bustle.

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