After riding Arcola Trail, I continued north. There have been so many times on my way to Taylors Falls that I passed Franconia Sculpture Park but I never stopped. Since spontaneity seemed to be the theme of the day, I pulled over to check it out.
This crane was for sale in front of the park (in case you happen to be in the market for one).
There are a ton of sculptures in the park and most are very large (the photos don't quite convey the scale). The sculptures were much better than I thought they would be. For some reason, I imagined the place was run by some crazy welder who owned a bunch of land and a junkyard who just liked making crazy stuff. Maybe it is, but many of the pieces were very good. I really enjoyed it and it seemed like a great place to bring family.
Art was being crafted on premises by a handful of people while I was there. This artist was busy welding.
Here's a small sample of sculptures:
Even though I was practically there, I didn't bother actually going to Taylors Falls and headed back south instead. I briefly stopped at Brookside Bar & Grill in Marine on St. Croix before heading home.