"On the hunt for Bald Eagles" Red Wing by abi_maha

Red Wing Travel Guide: 39 reviews and 70 photos

Weekend in Spring

As the snow melts away and the Sun is making it's presence felt here in Minneapolis, AJ and I can feel the itch in our feet to explore some trails here in Minnesota. What better place to start than red Wing. It is just 28 miles from where we live and has trails that run adjacent to the majestic Mississippi that is currently flooding it's way into the cities of Minnesota! In 2008 it was named one of the top ten historic places to visit in the world by the National geographic Magazine! At one point it was the largest Wheat trading area and hence led to the development of rail lines to this city. It derives it's name from the fact that the chief of the tribe wore a feather dyed in red ochre. (Trivia we read in one of the plaques on the Barn Bluff)

Barn Bluffs

Ou purpose of this trip was to hike along the Mississippi on the Barn bluffs that we'd heard so much about! Barn Bluff is a bluff along the Mississippi River in Red Wing, Minnesota. The bluff is associated with Dakota legend from hundreds of years ago. During the 19th century, the bluff functioned as a visual reference for explorers and travelers. The bluff overlooks the downtown area and towers about 390 feet above the Mississippi River with an extensive view of Lake Pepin to the south. It is one of hundreds of bluffs in the Driftless Area, which covers parts of Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois, in addition to the southeastern toe of Minnesota.
Also walking nearly 400 ft above the ground meant getting closer to the Bald eagles known to live here all year long! The trail had just the right amount of wilderness to remind us of our treks back in india, where you very rarely found trails that were earmarked with directions or history. The climb up was quite exciting, the path being very narrow and steep at the same time. loose stones made it a tricky task indeed, but we marched ahead undaunted in search of the elusive Bald eagle. Little did we know what was in store for us!

First encounter with the wild

As we trekked along the Prairie trail we were accosted by a very unexpected resident- a sleepy red fox! Apparently we had disturbed his slumber!! As he sprang to wakefullness he tottered around a bit in front of us, unsure of whom he was seeing and what to do next! This gave us a fantastic photographic opportunity- one which we seized with glee!! This unexpected treat was our first such experience here in the US, we returned home with a big grin spread wide across our face from Red Wing! We had set out in search of one set of wings only to be given a thrilling flight by another creature all together! For half a day of adventure, this place sure fit the bill! :D

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Fun, thrill and great vistas
  • Cons:None for us!
  • In a nutshell:Give wings to your adventurous side!
  • Last visit to Red Wing: Mar 2010
  • Intro Updated Mar 28, 2010
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