A few weekends ago, Josh and I spontaneously drove up to beautiful Banning State Park. The snow had finally melted and we were itching to get outside. To our surprise, just an hour and a half north of the cities, the snow had not completely melted. But the Spring defrost was in full force. The Kettle River was higher than usual, roaring rapidly, covering all water features and washing out parts of the trail. Our innocent hike turned into an all day trudge through thick snow, but the electric green moss was a welcome sight to snow bleached eyes.