September 18, 2013
Walker mornings are wonderfully crisp this time of year. I can see my breath for an hour or so after the sun rises, and it’s invigorating! We had a very short summer this year, but I’m not complaining. Fall colors make September my favorite month to take in Leech Lake’s natural beauty. Here are a few tips for your Leech Lake fall colors excursions:
Get out on the water
Renting a pontoon from Trapper’s Landing Lodge is by far my favorite way to watch the season change. It’s especially beautiful as the sun rises over the eastern shore. I try to get on the water by 6:30am. That gives me time to find a good spot to watch the dawn’s rosy fingers stretch across the Walker sky.
Pedal through the trees
If watching the sunrise from the off the shore of Pelican Island isn’t your style consider pedaling through the forest on one of Trapper’s Landing’s complimentary bikes. There are several great trails nearby. My favorite is the Paul Bunyon Trail). The trick to a leaf peeping bike tour is not to focus on how fast or how far you travel, but how much you see. Pack a lunch or grab a To-Go Lunch from Beachfire, and stop frequently to get the most out of the day’s adventure.
Find a nice tree and a good book – then sit
Sometimes I just don’t feel like being active. Life away from Trapper’s Landing Lodge is hectic, and when I’m, here, on vacation (especially a short getaway) I want nothing more than the simple pleasure of reading a good novel, listening to the gentle waves lap against Leech Lake’s south shore, and watching the occasional leaf fall from the tree above me.
However you decide to enjoy leaf peeping in Walker, MN be sure to keep a camera handy at all times. You never know when the light will be just right, and (if you’re anything like me) you’ll need a reminder of how stunning autumn can be… Especially by mid February when it feels like winter will never end.
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