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Last of the fall colors on the Red Cedar State Trail.

 

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We took a short fall hike on the Red Cedar State Trail. We noticed some folks ahead of us looking up into the trees so when we reached the same area we tried to find what they were looking at. We could hear a bird calling and soon found this Broad Winged Hawk sitting in a tree. We watched it for quite a while before continuing out hike. On our way back we found it was still in the same tree.

A last walk through the woods produced a few fall photos before the weekend snowstorm.

 

We were on a fall trip to Grand Marais, Minnesota looking for fall colors. The trees hadn’t turned much along the shores of Lake Superior but they had turned in the interior. The visitors center informed us that some of the fall color tour roads were closed due to strong winds the night before. Some of the roads south of Grand Marais were open so we headed back toward Duluth driving some of the interior forest roads.

A fall hike around Hoffman Hills revealed some nice fall colors.

 

 

Typically in the fall we drive through the Blue Hills located east of Rice Lake Wisconsin. This year we were disappointed to find the colors not as good as some years and many of the leaves already off of the trees. Still it was a nice fall day for a drive.

A friend told us about the Chippewa County Forest and how beautiful it was if you hit it just right. We took a drive through the forest just north east of Bloomer, Wisconsin. There was some nice color in spots. Lots of yellows this year.

Late in the day we drove over to Duluth for the evening. The following day was going to be the only nice day for a two week period. We decided to drive up the North Shore to Grand Marais with a stop at Oberg Mountain. Overnight there were some bad storms that brought many of the leaves down. Nevertheless there was some nice color. Most of the trees in the interior were on full display. There was still a lot of green along the lake.

Apparently a lot of other people had the same idea. Oberg Mountain was crowded. It was standing room only at the overlooks and the I had never seen so many cars in the parking lot. On the way around the top of Oberg we started talking with a young man that had driven from the Twin Cities overnight. He is shown in the lower left of the last photo. He was on his way to Caribou Lake and invited us along.

Interstate Falls has really changed since my first visit. Years ago I reached in on a pothole filled dirt road with two parking spots. If it had rained recently I ended up parking in mud puddles. Several years ago a large crushed rock parking lot was installed along with new signage. Waterfalling has become a big tourist draw and has been recognized as such my local governmental agencies. This year we discovered that a grand viewing stand had been installed below Interstate Falls. In prior years the view was not that good and to get down to the base of the falls it was necessary to work oneself down a steep slope. Visitors will really appreciate the improved views from the viewing stand.

On our way back from our Highway 2 trip we decided to drive over to Root Beer Falls. There was quite a bit of water running and the colors were OK.