We took a walk at Jensen Lake on Wednesday afternoon. Work was a bit slow for Mom, and it was so nice out, we wanted to get outside and do something fun. Lebanon Hills is one of the Dakota County parks and it has so many great trails for walking any time of the year.
A cold front was coming in, but the weather was still nice for our walk, and in the woods, the wind isn’t so bad. Olivia and I are ready to hit the trails and do some sniffin’ and walkin’. It was in the upper twenties which makes the snow soft and helps it bond with our beards.
There are several portage spots around the lake. Unfortunately, we didn’t bring a canoe so we couldn’t paddle around. Now that I think about it, the lake is frozen, so canoeing would not work anyway.
On one end of the lake there is an island (behind us). In the summer we always wish we could go out there. Now the water is frozen, so we could walk over there. We didn’t get to try, though. Mom said she was afraid to go out on the ice more than a few feet just in case it isn’t safe. She is right, we definitely would not want to fall into the lake and not be able to get back out.
In the warmer months, there are a lot of wet areas along the walking path. A few years ago, they built wooden walkways over the areas to make the trails better. We love the way they curve around. In the winter they are snow and ice covered, but you can still see their form.
It looks like some beavers have been busy building a mansion! This is the only one we saw on the entire lake. It is fairly large and interesting to see. Mom would not let us go out to it, though.
Jensen Lake is always interesting for walking. We saw a small red squirrel racing around. Normally we only see gray squirrels, so we were pretty excited after that sighting! Most likely we won’t be back for a walk until springtime, but this winter walk was fun!
We are joining our friends at Living Laughing and Barking in Our Backyard is for their Nature Friday blog hop.