We went to Whitetail Woods park earlier this week. Emma and Bailie were there in 2015, and one time that winter as well. Mom did not like the park, and decided to never go back in the winter, but maybe try again in the summer. In the winter, it is all groomed ski trails, and dogs are not allowed much of anywhere.
Whitetail Woods is one of the Dakota County parks in our area. We like most of them but for some reason this one is just odd. Some parts of the trails are nice, but it seems messy, and just not that interesting. Since I had never been there, Mom said we should give it another try. It has been like three years since she last was there, and maybe it has changed.
It was a warm sixty degree day, with lots of sunshine, and not much shade. I think they are working on the forest because a ton of trees had been cut down. A lot of the grass fields had also been burned off. We didn’t have a lot of photo opps because of the condition the park was in.
The best part of the park is the water area, in our opinion. Mom won’t go near it in the summer because of seeing reptiles, but we decided to be brave, and try a walk hoping it was still too early for creepy things. While we didn’t see any snakes, thank goodness, there were some things hopping around in the swampy area. We think they may have been frogs. Bailie and I enjoyed watching them.
It was super warm for us. We are used to the cold winter still, so our tongues were hanging out, and we all know my tongue really hangs out. I posted this photo on our Facebook page the other day.
Along the trails, we saw a lot of these pretty purple flowers. None of us know what they are, but it doesn’t matter since they are simply pretty to look at.
Bailie stopped to hang out on a bench and rest her paws. We walked over an hour that morning, and this walk ended up being ninety minutes. By the time we got back to the car, we were wiped out!
The boardwalks that meander through the swamp are pretty nice. Mom was super happy because neither of us even attempted to jump into the dirty swamp. I think she might have left us there if we had jumped!
Overall, it was a fun walk, and I always enjoy going someplace new to explore, but there are a lot of parks we like better in our area. I don’t think we will come back to Whitetail Woods park for a very long time. We know people who love it, but we don’t feel the love. It was good for a workout, a second opinion, and some fresh air, but we will go to place we like better next time. Do you have parks that really don’t wow you?
Today, we are joining our friends at Living Laughing and Barking in Our Backyard for their Nature Friday blog hop.