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Exploratory Snowshoe Hike at Grey Cloud Dunes Scientific and Natural Area

This will be an exploratory snowshoe hike to an area that is new to TCH.

(To avoid the dreaded 'NO SHOW' list please change your RSVP to 'NO' if you decide not to join us.)

BRING RAIN GEAR, WATER PROOFED BOOTS & GAITERS

The NPS website gives us the following overview:

The Grey Cloud Dunes Scientific and Natural Area was acquired by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resource in 1998.

Grey Cloud Dunes Scientific and Natural Area is a rare prairie with dunes rising in waves cresting 10 to 20 feet.

Distinct plant communities are present throughout the area, including little bluestem, penstemon, prairie dropseed, sand reed grass, gramma grass, and silky prairie clover plants. Tree species consist of elm, silver maple, cottonwood, and box elder. Blue racers, an uncommon Minnesota snake, and prairie skinks are also present.

Minnesota Scientific and Natural Areas protect rare, fragile, communities of plants and animals, as well are unusual geology. Tread lightly. Understand the regulations that help protect these unique areas.

I'll check it out early in the week to get a feel for the area and will also try to recruit one of our members that has been there before.

Expect a reasonably fast pace suited to experienced snowshoers.

Remember that if you've RSVP'd YES and you change your mind, please change your RSVP to NO as a courtesy to your fellow members. Failure to do so will cause you to end up on the dreaded NO SHOW list.

If you'd like to join us for breakfast beforehand, meet at 8:00 am at the Swede Hollow Cafe, 725 e. 7th St., St. Paul, going up the hill just east of downtown.

More details to follow after I get a chance to check out the area on 3/4/13.

Ciao,                                                                                                                          Ed

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  • Ed S.

    We had a window of opportunity in the weather and 3 of us went for it. Thanks to Kelly & Paul for joining us. Great area, glad we persevered. We'll go back for more exploring once the snow is gone.

    March 9, 2013

  • Teresa H.

    It would have been a great hike - but not in the rain...Hope it will be rescheduled.

    March 9, 2013

  • Donna

    I don't have clothes for rain - drats.

    March 9, 2013

  • Ron

    I can't make this one,
    darn!

    March 7, 2013

  • Erin L.

    do we have to bring our own snowshoes ???

    March 3, 2013

  • Teresa H.

    Looking forward to it - it's an interesting area!

    February 12, 2013

  • Della

    Local event is good.

    February 12, 2013

  • Theresa

    I've never heard of this place. I'm intrigued and it sounds interesting to explore. Hopefully we'll still have snow!

    February 12, 2013

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