I moved back to Minnesota almost 4 years ago after as long in Los Angeles. I thought you might wonder why….
The fall is BY FAR my favorite time of the year. It is hard not to be happy when the world around you is near perfection!
Some people only dream of this….
I LIVE IT!
Seriously, this is heaven!!!
It is beyond beautiful.
The lake was a place to swim (there is now a public pool. Action at the beach (shown above) is practically non-existent). However, the Yacht Club & boating scene is still a major attraction & very active. (more on that next year!)
I now live in St. Louis Park, a suburb directly west of Minneapolis. The proximity to downtown as well as the feeling I am miles away from it all is a tremendous luxury.
The bike trail system here is the best in the country. 100s of miles of trails into and through the city. I won’t even try to explain it, you have to experience it for yourself, preferably this time of year.
I once heard a rumor that the City of St. Louis Park requires one park for every 6 city blocks within their limits. At first, I thought it was unrealistic.
But, I think it might be true! We have 7 within 1 mile of our home. One of those is at Westwood Nature Center (the green park, as my son calls it)
Westwood Nature Center is a GEM IN THE CITY! Protected land for wildlife, hiking trails, a pond and center with educational activities throughout the year…
Every October, we take the hour drive north to Taylors Falls to visit some family, eat at their restaurant and hike in the state park on the St. Croix River.
They call it “leaf season” for a reason. We were there the weekend before the “peak” of color but it was still beautiful!
Back home, we love to play in the leaves from our large oak tree.