This afternoon my dad and I visited one of my favorite places in the area, one of the state’s numerous rail trails (old railroad beds converted into walking/jogging/biking/whatever trails). The trail is wooded and secluded in many sections and open in others, taking you through bluffs and prairies. The part we visited is really beautiful; it crosses the river on an old railroad trestle. It was a lovely day to visit, although there was the occasional gust of wind that was a bit chilly high up on the trestle. It was fun to be able to explore under the bridge a bit, which I’d never done before.
1. If we didn't want to use the personals section, this is what we had to do before Facebook, before online dating services, when we wanted to let the world know that we were single and ready to mingle: dangle on the precipice of death to tag an old railroad trestle.
11. This pile of limestone under the bridge reminded me of marshmallows; my dad suggested frosted shredded wheat. I think he wins.
12. These are blocks of a kind of limestone called Kasota stone that's found in Southeast Minnesota. The stone is incorporated in the trestle and nearby bridges, among many, many other uses.
19. I thought this was maybe some kind of intentional, stylized animal made out of the twisted wreckage of part of the bridge -- but turns out it's just wreckage! Still looks neat.
20. Rockiness the rusted "sculpture" is embedded in.
21. Rust!! Love it.
36. Kasota stone in the wild!
38. Lovely pattern under the bark of a plentiful pile of driftwood at the base of the trestle.
40. I did not see any kind of pink/yellow ring in the sky when I took this picture but this is how it ended up when I opened up the picture.