2022 #OptOutside Jay Cooke State Park

Once again I chose to skip the mayhem of Black Friday shopping and join the many who prefer to spend time outdoors rather than in lines at the mall. This year I was accompanied by family and friends at Jay Cooke State Park, which, like all Minnesota state Parks, was open to the public for free admission on Black Friday.

Here are a few of the images from the day.

Twisted and Gnarly

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Trees that grow on rocky ground twist and wind their way to find places to anchor themselves. Also, being alongside a river makes it important to be able to hold on during high water.

Along the shore of the Gooseberry River at Gooseberry Falls State Park.

The Fly!

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The weather is finally warming and various signs of spring are showing up in nature, including insects.

While making one last visit to see the pelicans I spotted this fly warming itself on an information plaque.