The GFTNC is in town for the weekend and we decided on a nice spring day to take a walk in the flood plain. At this time last year there were no paths open down there by the two rivers. The water was just too high and the park was closed. This year is a much different year. The paths are open to Pike Island and they are all dry. So we circled the big island on foot - a long, but pleasant trek. Maybe three miles or so.
We walked by this tree that looks like the home of Winnie the Pooh in Three Mile Wood, but there was no bear to be seen. At one time I took a photo of the tree and it was inhabited by the Daughter of Norway. Today she was in the small town of Ås, Norway, not far from Oslo. I talked to her later in the day and she's doing fine and probably misses some of the nature sites in Minnesota.
The gift shop at Ft Snelling State Park in the flood plain is now equipped with solar panels. There seems to be quite a few installations of solar panels going up lately. I think I'll be on the lookout for the new ones as they appear.