A refuge for wildlife and a refuge for a seeker of solitude. That is what I found here. The trails are natural and not maintained in winter which means that if you are the first to enter after a snowfall, it is up to you to blaze the trail. I love that. I entered where the map said there was an entrance. I felt like I might be doing something against the rules, tromping through snow up to the tops of my boots. I trusted my sense of direction, found a deer trail, and followed it until I found a bridge and the tracks of other humans. The rest of the time I was on trails covered with hard packed snow and the walking was easier. The other two entrances to this nature preserve had more defined tracks. I was never more than 300 meters from houses, businesses, and busy roads, but it felt like being far from the city. I saw evidence of a large carnivore, possibly a wolf or a coyote? It was feces with big chunks of fur. This is not unheard of in Minnesota, but unusual in a large city. There is lovely variety of scenery here: forest, wetland, open grassland, hills. I had a rare unscheduled day with mild weather so I stayed a long time. There were a couple other people walking dogs, but otherwise I had the place to myself.
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