Beautiful Princesses, Breathtaking Paths, & a Bit of Pie

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

What a beautiful fall day! When we arrived at the Ice Age Center in Interstate Park, I was lucky enough to be greeted by five beautiful young ladies, all members of the Miss St. Croix Falls Program. From 2nd grade to Juniors in high school, having Sophie, Adrienne, Shannon, Naveah and Madi’s company was a real treat. I was so impressed they walked with us the entire time—even with their crowns on!

I have been on some truly remarkable walks, but this one was unlike any other! What a trek it was! The Horizon Rock Trail and Pothole Trail in Interstate Park led us on a treacherous hike, but only to take in spectacular views of the St. Croix River surrounded in beautiful fall colors!

Our walk took us high above the horizon, allowing us to see miles and miles of the incredible Wisconsin landscape. The views were truly stunning, and even better with the yellow, orange, and red leaves. Our fabulous tour guide, Kurt Dreger—a ranger at Interstate Park, explained to us the history of the park as we hiked up and down all across the rugged path.

We made our way to Pothole Trail, little did I know we would actually see potholes! These potholes, as Kurt explained, were created by the glaciers as they melted, leaving behind huge hollow holes in the rocky terrain. This trail also followed along the St. Croix River, overlooking The Dalles of St. Croix, which were beautiful bluffs on the river’s edge.

He explained how the park—its structures, paths, and beaches—were built by the CCC or the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression. It was wonderful to learn so much history while out and about taking in such impressive sights!

At the conclusion of our walk, we were lucky enough to have a bus escort us around even more of Interstate Park. The views and the fall colors were impressive. We then went to the Polk County Information Center, where I had the chance to meet some great new friends, including Mayor Brian Blesi, Colleen Gifford Foxwell, and many others. It was such a pleasure to be joined by so many friendly faces. As a special treat, we even got to taste some absolutely delicious pies from the Main Street Café in Bloomer, WI. So good!! It was a wonderful way to end the day!

Thank you so much to Polk County Tourism and the kind people in St. Croix Falls for making this walk possible! Also, special thanks to the local grocers who generously donated snacks to keep us moving as we went along! Thanks to everyone who came along for the hike!