The grass is greening, the birds are chirping, the leaves are budding and the frogs are making a racket. We’re on the doorstep of the pretty part of spring when every little (and big) thing seems to wake up, shake itself and get moving. Let’s get moving too so we can see spring making everything anew.
We’ve added a favorite hike on April 25 around Como Lake. Don’t miss it. And don’t forget the hike tonight in Highland Park from the Ford Dam overlook south past Hidden Falls!
April 25, 2019, 7-8:30 pm: Como Park Hike (St. Paul) – Hike Leader: Tom Ellerbe
Join the hiking group for a turn or two around charming Como Lake, the largest public park in St. Paul.
Como Lake was named in the 1840s by Charles Perry, who farmed a tract of land on the shore of the lake. Perhaps he was homesick as he named it for the famed Lake Como, in the Italian Alps where he grew up.
Directions: From I-94 in St. Paul, exit onto Lexington Avenue & go north approximately 1.25 miles, past Minnehaha Avenue, to Como Park. Continue on Lexington Avenue as it winds through Como Park to the two parking lots for the Como Lakeside Pavilion at 1360 N. Lexington Parkway, one south & west of the pavilion near the fountain roundabout & one east & slightly north of the pavilion, closer to the golfing clubhouse. Park in either parking lot & meet in front of the pavilion.
April 18, 2019, Thursday, 7-8:30 pm: Mississippi River Boulevard Hike (Highland Park) – Hike Leader: Linda Quammen
Join the group on the St. Paul side of the Mississippi River’s scenic gorge. We’ll head south from the Ford Dam Overlook parking lot on the paved trail high above the river. The leafless trees will allow great views of the river and the Minneapolis cliffside.
Directions: From Hwy. 62, take Hwy. 5 going East (NE). Continue across the Mississippi River then immediately take the Shepard /River Road exit ramp. Continue curving right on the ramp, exiting onto Gannon Road. At the stoplight turn right onto Mississippi River Road. Continue north on it for a couple miles to a long strip parking area labeled Ford Dam Scenic Overlook, just south of the Ford Parkway bridge. We’ll meet in the parking lot. (If the lot fills there is another one just a minute to the south.)