Here in Minnesota we love nature. We are the “Land of 10,000 Lakes” and we spend four seasons enjoying them: ice fishing, pond hockey, boating, kayaking, running, walking, hiking, biking, skiing, camping, picnicking, fairs, festival, if there is a way to make water the feature of an event, we will. A wise person once said “there is no such thing as ‘too cold’, just bad clothing”. So when winter comes around our lives don’t stop, we just pull out our down jackets, thermal underwear, scarves, hats and boots! Winter has a beauty all her own and when you have to make the choice between going stir crazy in the house for four months or bundling up and embracing the cold, many of us choose the latter. One go-to outdoor activity is to visit one of the many, many parks the Twin Cities has to offer. Minneapolis alone boasts 197 parks, but none more winter friendly (or popular) than Minnehaha Falls. This past Saturday the temps were in the 30s so we decided to bundle up and check out the magic of the frozen falls; here’s what we got to enjoy:
We experienced a wonderful sense of belonging as we were surrounded by families out with their children and pets, friends enjoying an icy climb, even couples having their engagement photos taken. Parks are a great asset to any community because they give us all something to share and be proud of. It was a lovely afternoon of communing with nature, chatting with strangers and getting some fresh air. I hope you spend some time enjoying the wonderful outdoor spaces wherever you live!