Winter bridge_Staats 8743Our unusually mild winter continued this past week.  Although we had one snowfall of two inches, our landscape is only dotted with snow – many fields and open spaces are devoid of white.  We took advantage of the mild temperatures to go for a hike at Long Lake Regional Park, a lovely oasis in the heart of the cities.  The sky was gray and the park was quiet, but it was good to be outside in the fresh air.  We followed a number of trails, some that were inland and some that were close to the lakes.  This footbridge went over a passage between two of the lakes and had much thinner ice underneath it as the water flowed between the two bodies of water.  On many sections of trails we could see the tracks of fat winter tires left by bicyclists.  Our return trip back to the truck was made easier by walking over the frozen water of Rush Lake.

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