Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge

Last week, we had a short trip to Bismarck, North Dakota for a family wedding. We had to travel through Minneapolis, Minnesota, so we spent a night there so that I could visit one of Horst Engineering’s peer companies in the aerospace machining industry. Debbie and our kids spent some time at the Mall of America while I was on the plant tour. The following morning, before our flight to Bismarck, Debbie and I took turns running. I thought we would be running a frontage road along the interstate, which is only a mile from the airport, but Debbie returned to say that there were some trails.

I said, “fantastic!” We seek trails wherever we go, so I was excited to learn that in metropolitan Minneapolis (technically Bloomington) that we had found some new ones. The Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge was at the end of the road, just past the airport hotels. It was a cool find.  The Bluff Prairie Trail was really wet (knee deep from all of the rain they have had), so I stuck to the Hillside Trail, which was a nice loop. I ran it eight times until the visitor center was open. I went inside grabbed a map, and ran back to the hotel. We packed up the kids and returned to the visitor center on our way to the airport.

It was a very nice building with several interpretive exhibits. Some sections were being renovated, but there was more than enough to see in 10 minutes. Yeah, we were in a rush! There were some really nice bird feeders behind the building with some lovely little birds enjoying their meal. An observation deck had a great view. It was a good visit to a new spot.

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