So today we were hiking to Parkway Forest Road, a moderate-mileage trek. The day began pleasantly enough, as the trail wound past wetlands and numerous small lakes, one of which featured two snowy-white swans. The bugs weren’t great, but not awful. There were some difficult sections with blowdowns, but nothing too terrible.
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We found a nice spot for lunch – a small bridge along a gravel road. There were only a few shady spots, but the bugs were gone and we had a nice, wooden bridge for our seating. We’d soon discover, once we resumed hiking, that Amy had left her car keys here.
Heading to Parkway Forest Road
The afternoon was much more difficult. The trail got scruffier, although we did enjoy eating wild raspberries. Oh, I should also mention the last few days the air has been quite hazy, due to wildfires. Anyway, And, we made it! Bruce and Ed drove back to find Amy’s car keys while we two ladies went back to our Akeley campsite. There was a pretty sunset tonight.
MN NCT miles today: 16.5 (26.6 km)
MN NCT miles to date: 675.6 (1,087.3 km)
Total NCT miles to date: 2,694.1 (4,335.7 km)
Total NCT miles to go: 1,905.9 (3,067.3 km)