I started writing about this adventure awhile back but got really busy and didn't get a chance to finish it, so hopefully I will now!
We spent sometime getting the camera working again before heading off to Maple Island which was actually mostly underwater. I'm not really sure if there was much to see there but there was the bridge and lots of water!
There was also a sign stating that the trail crossing was closed, which would have been pretty obvious to anyone walking by! The map actually says that the crossing is only open for a few months each year!
Since we were hiking on the bluff we figured the trails would be pretty dry, not the case at all! The trails were pretty much flooded with several inches of standing water in places. We were able to circumvent the first few fairly easily but at some point we realized we just had to keep forging forward because it couldn't get too much worse and we'd have to backtrack around all the other "puddles".
If you look closely at a couple of the pictures you can see what we had to go through! The one shows a bridge out in a swampy area. We had to scamper across some fallen trees to make it across that one! Another place we had to leap a creek that was swollen out of its banks. We each got our feet a little wet, but nothing too bad. The bottom-left picture is our stop for lunch. Like I mentioned the map wasn't very good and so we somehow ended up guessing which way to go at some of the trail junctions. We ended up finishing the loop on a horse trail - which was very dry. Gaining the dryness though meant we didn't have as much scenery. I'd take scenery over dryness anytime! Well, at least for a day hike!
We made it through another chilly night and took a couple of short hikes along the St Croix River to top off the weekend. We had a lot of fun!