Lake Maria State Park
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Lake Maria was my last park of the day and it was starting to get dark. As I drove in, I notice a sign - not just TURTLE crossing, but RARE turtle crossing. As I pulled in to the parking lot by the lake, I heard a rustling in the leaves next to me. I figured it was a squirrel. When I got out of the car, I heard it again and looked - it was a turtle! I watched it walk and then heard rustling in the woods - it was another turtle! I walked to look at the lake, then over by the dock and back to the parking lot. I saw 2 more turtles in the parking lot. Wow! I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many turtles in the wild before. Or at least not where they weren’t all sitting on a log in the middle of some water. I don’t think they were the rare turtles, but they were fun to watch! I would have stayed longer if I didn’t have such a far drive home. This park is definitely worth another visit! I wonder when the best time is to come and see all the turtles? The rare turtle is the Blanding's turtle, but I think all I saw were box turtles or painted turtles. Still, it was very cool.
I hopped back in my car for the hour and a half drive home, happy that I was able to visit all the parks on my list. I have now visited over 50 of the 72 Minnesota State Parks (all since last summer).