The old saying that there are two seasons in Minnesota, winter and road construction, might need to be modified to include candlelight skiing and snowshoeing season.
These events have been growing in popularity the past couple years, and for good reason. Winter's nights are long and dark, but offer many rewards. Traveling a trail lit by luminaries taps into the magic like little else.
Swimming at Buffalo River State Park, photo by McGhiever (CC-BY-SA-3.0), via Wikimedia Commons
Although Indians and voyageurs once toiled over the brutal portage between the St. Louis River and the Mississippi River over the Savanna Portage, things are a little more pleasant today.
Here's how to make the most of a visit to Minnesota's third-largest state park with a few hours:
The weather forecast is about as fine as you can get in Minnesota, and adventure awaits. Winter will be here before we know it, so get out there and make some summery memories.