Day Trip- Glenwood, Alexandria & Sibley State Park (Minnesota)

I decided to spend my day off visiting my brother in Alexandria since I have never seen his apartment and feel bad that he always ends up having to drive down here. It’s about a two hour drive. Once I got to his apartment though it was apparent we weren’t staying there (even for a minute). His bachelor pad was not AT ALL kid-proof. I’ll spare him the embarrassment and won’t post the pictures I took of his apartment on here but think about the worst frat house you visited in college and then multiply the clutter and filth times 10! Okay that’s a little harsh, but I was surprised that an engineer actually lived there. . .

Anyway, once again the sunsets were the highlight of my trip. I took about a hundred photos between 7:30-8:30 and could barely whittle it down but the cream of the crop are at the bottom of the post. Alexandria was okay, Andrew went mini golfing and go carting. Alexandria is nice because the downtown is actually still thriving and you don’t see that much around here anymore. They even have a Ben Franklin!

We went to Inspiration Peak. The kids were asleep in the car and Brian stayed back with them. I hiked it up to the top by myself and nearly keeled over. Didn’t have to stop at the granny bench on the way up like Brian said he did so I don’t feel too bad. Saw these on the way up:

It wasn’t the clearest but was still worth the agony of climbing to the top:

On the way home from Alexandria we drove straight south on the Glacial Ridge Trail Scenic Byway.  It was amazing. We stopped in Glenwood, 15 miles south of Alexandria. There is a huge lake (Minnewaska) and several elevated areas around the lake with breathtaking views.

Andrew just had to go down this water slide:

As usual, Chloe just wanted to eat dirt and sand and rocks:

The sun came out just as we were leaving. I drove past this resort. Looks like a place I would like to spend the weekend for sure.

Our intention after leaving Glenwood was to get to Willmar, stop for a snack and then get home. We continued on the Glacial Trail and saw some beautiful scenery. I had to stop a bunch to take photos. At least the kids are used to it now.

It almost looks as though the shot above were taken from outer space!

Like I said, the plan was to get to Willmar then stop for a break. But 20 minutes north of Willmar Andrew informed me he had to tinkle. I was glad he did because otherwise I probably would not have stopped at Sibley State Park. We got some pretty good photos and Andrew was excited that the name of the lake was Lake Andrew.

This is what I think of when I think of Minnesota.

I’m so lucky to live in a state where we can pull off the road and find a beach fairly easily.

This is what the sunset looked like on this side of that hill. Then we drove over to the other side and saw this:

The colors remind me of fall already. This one is similar, but I couldn’t decide which I liked best.

I had to stop another 4 or 5 times on the way to Willmar. I vow to never make fun of Willmar or Kandiyohi county. Once out of the stripmall area, it’s actually really, really pretty.