I told my husband that spring time is the most underrated season of all however for me, since green is my favorite color, I actually gravitate to this wonderful time of the year. Add to that, spring symbolizes rebirth, renewal and regrowth which is always welcome in our household. With that this week, we decided to go a little South and picked the Minneopa State Park for our hike (we typically either bike, hike or paddle).

Spring time... I call this color delicious, baby green. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Minneopa State Park
Minneopa State Park is located about 5 miles west of Mankato on State Highway 68 and U.S. Highway 169 - about 90 miles from where we live. We have seen photos of this park and it's resemblance with Minnehaha Falls (less than a mile from us) but this said falls is often extremely crowded especially on the weekends. So off to South we went. ๐Ÿ™‚ Here are some of the photos from our hike.
Minneopa State Park, Mankato, Minnesota, Hiking with a Toddler. Minneapolis Photographer, MNStateParks

Sign upon entering the South side of the park...

We arrived close to lunch time so we had a little picnic right by this beautiful creek.

Lovely creek...

Another shot of the creek...

The Upper Falls

The view of the lower falls... we took the left side of the creek

Father and son... #thesetwo #love

Lower Minneopa Falls, Mankato, Minnesota, MNStateParks, ExploreMN

A peek... and then the full glory... Lower Minneopa Falls

And we found someone who would take our photo. My "I was there" photo of the day. ๐Ÿ™‚

Nexus 6P Sample photo, beautiful, Mankato, Minneopa Falls, Minnesota, ExploreMN, MNStateParks

A panorama photo by the Nexus 6P

And yes, we did manage to tire our energizer bunny out. ๐Ÿ˜‰
Hiking with a toddler

One tired boy...

This park has a 0.5-mile (0.80 km) hiking trail around the falls area so we know that this is something our toddler could handle. There were some areas where we helped him but he managed to be on his own for the most part. We are training him to walk about 8 miles on his own... hahahha. (Guess where we are going next?) ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰ More information of the state park can be found at the DNR website. Much love, Joyce

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