The name St. Cloud immediately reminded me of Florida and I am pretty sure there was a St. Augustine (also a place in Florida) something rather I spotted around there, too. It's interesting to see names in various parts of the country and wonder if they are more directly connected than not. Did the same people travel here? While I ponder it in the moment, I don't usually care about looking it up.
I did laundry and mailed a postcard, then found a lovely park to visit. Lake George is a really nice spot with statues, kayaks/outdoor gear rentals, wildlife, a big splash pad playground, a walking path and more. I spent hours walking around, listening to music, watching people, and snapping pictures. It was fun to find a Lake George and I noted that about a year prior- August of last Summer- I was at Lake George in Upstate New York. That is a rather different Lake George, still I was a bit amused by this. Cool stuff.
I drove around some too and spent a night in the area. The next day, I visited the Munsinger Clemens Gardens in the afternoon. I spent hours there, walking, snapping photos, and enjoying the Mississippi River and nature. This is a well done, beautiful place and even with the street filled with cars, it didn’t feel crowded, which was awesome. I totally recommend a visit if in the area.
I took way more pictures than I am going to share here yet this is a picture filled post because there were so many gorgeous shots. I do zero editing for color and whatnot and sometimes even enjoy the overexposure. The gardens are free and open to the public, the gift shop is nice, and the grounds are well cared for. This was probably a highlight of my time in Minnesota in terms of nature. It was a surprising and lovely find.