Glendalough State Park

Pass It On Tokens

Token - Bike/HIke/Paddle/Recreate with a loved one.
It started with our Annual Dinner on March 30, 2016, where we gave out 200 numbered tokens and asked everyone there to “bike¬† / hike / paddle / recreate with a loved one” and then pass it on.

This is our way to honor the dedication of Mike Tegeder, who finished his term as president of Parks & Trails Council in March. Mike made sharing these special places a key part of his life. Shortly before Mike’s term ended he was diagnosed with cancer. While we always show our appreciation for our out-going presidents, this became a particularly poignant time to think about the important contributions that Mike has made to parks and trails. He gave countless hours and dedication to helping advance the mission of acquiring and protecting critical land for the public to enjoy. These tokens are truly inspired by they way Mike goes out of his way to share these special places with friends and family. We’re saddened to share that on July 9 Mike passed away. He leaves a legacy of appreciation and dedication to Minnesota’s outdoors.

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Tokens That Made it Out with a Loved One

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May 22, 2016Minnehaha Regional ParkSome of my fondest childhood memories took place at Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis. On Sunday, I was fortunate to spend a beautiful day there with my partner Elizabeth and my mom and dad who are now in their seventies. I must admit the falls at Minnehaha are still like magic to me nearly a half century since I first laid eyes on them. Every time I go back there with my mom and dad I feel like that same little kid and a life full of memories come rushing back to me like the water pounding over the falls. While I’ve been fortunate to do this trip with my mom and dad several times over the years, we were there on this occasion specifically to honor Mike Tegeder. Thanks Mike for all you have done to make our world a better place.Brett FeldmanParks & Trails Council’s Annual Dinner
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Aug. 6, 2016Sangre de Cristo Mountains, NMI walked 90 miles with my son on a scout trek. I walked miles of easy trail, and milearn of tallus slope. Mike walked with us.Pat RiversParks & Trails Council’s Annual Dinner
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Sep. 23, 2017Luce Line between Silver Lake and HutchinsonWent with both friends and family on an easy 20 mile bike ride on a slightly muggy but overall beautiful late Summer day. Several of us had never had the chance to bike outside of the city before. We were joined by hawks, chipmunks, and many excited grasshoppers on the trail….and also saw ducks, cormorants, and a giant heron on the Crow River in Hutchinson. We had never been to Hutchinson before and we were really impressed with the quality of the riverfront and the parks. We had fun skipping along the stones that form a natural river dam and appreciated the monument and plaques that commemorate Little Crow and the unique history of the town as it relates to the Dakota Uprising, a troubling chapter in our history. We ate a great lunch at Zella’s….and the delicious coffee I had there was great fuel to get me back on the trail to Silver Lake in front of the ominous clouds to the West. Really appreciated this beautiful day in a beautiful place with beautiful people.Kyle FeldmanBrett Feldman
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July 9, 2016St. Croix State ParkA beautiful day with my friend Judy! It was a first for me in this Park. The trail was great and nature even better. As we sat on a bench a scarlet tanner appeared in a tree near by. We both agreed that it was a visit from my Mom who has passed last August. Thank you Judy for a great day!!!!!Brenda BJudy Zimmer
June 1, 2016Charles A. Lindbergh State ParkI requested a token to share the love I have for Minnesota’s special outdoor places. I have so many great memories of recent years exploring the northwoods. My special love is the North Shore with it’s dramatic shoreline and many waterfalls. As I have aged, I recognize the pleasures of just being in nature, either hiking, biking or sitting by a quiet stream listening and watching this beautiful place in which live. Thanks Mike and all those who make these place possible.Judy ZimmerParks & Trails Council’s Annual Dinner
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May 22, 2016Lake GeorgeWe swam in Lake George for the first time this summer! It was a bit windy but the cousins had fun!!KatieMeghan
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June 18, 2016Forestville/Mystery Cave State ParkAlthough it was a hot summer day, the cave was a refreshing 48 degrees! We all marveled at the formations, including the flowstone, shelfstone, and Turquoise Lake. After the hike, the kids enjoyed washing their shoes to help the bats!Feliciano FamilyTom & Michele Marrinan
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March 4, 2016Luce Line State TrailWe went for a ride from Cosmos to Wayzata and had a great time. Our fat tires rolled over the different surfaces just fine as we traveled over grass, gravel, limestone and tar. The tailwind we had that day was awesome!Jan LasarParks & Trails Council
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May 19, 2016Root River State Trail24 Northfield senior Pedalers enjoyed three days of perfect weather, pedaling the trail, watching birds, counting wild flowers, enjoying theater at the Commonweal, and engaging in wonderful friendships.Peggy ProweParks & Trails Council
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May 22, 2016Wazee Lake Recreation Area, Wisconsin (~ 2.5 hours SE of Twin Cities)Ten family members met and had a wonderful picnic at the beach. Even some May swimming was involved! Then seven of us went for a hike along the lake. It was a completely beautiful day that included thoughts and conversation about you, Mike! I will think of you often while enjoying the outdoors!, as I do now, even in my own backyard.Mary Lou SweetGot it from the Cabrini kitchen table!
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Oct. 1, 2016Afton State ParkTwo-night camping trip. Delicious breakfast of bacon and eggs; lovely hikes through prairies, forests and along the river; crystal blue skies; and a shooting star.DawnIn memory of Mike Tegeder
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May 10, 2017Silverwood Park in St. Anthony, MNNumerous walks through the park with different friends as we observed the change of seasons from fall of 2016 to June 2017LeEtta FlickerParks & Trails Council
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April 3, 2016Hyland Three Rivers ParkKathleen BennetParks & Trails Council
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April 26, 2016Gateway-Brown’s Creek State TrailPeaceful work in the woods. Beautiful, well maintained trail. Others out enjoying the day. Seemed like all was right with the world.GeoffBill B.
April 9, 2016St Croix RiverKayaking at the BoomsiteBill B.Parks & Trails Annual Dinner
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March 4, 2016Cape Disappointment, WAMy father came out to visit me and we spent a weekend in Astoria hiking, exploring, and enjoying the ocean.Mattie
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Sept. 22, 2016Belle Isle and Milliken state parks, MII passed along the token to my friend and colleague, Kansas State Park Director Linda Lanterman. We were at the National Association of State Outdoor Recreation Liaison Officers (NASORLO) with our colleagues from around the country. Our visit included a visit to Detroit’s Outdoor Adventure Center as well. I was able to share a little about Mike’s life and legacy and the great work of PTCM with Linda. I know she shares a passion for the outdoors, and will take the token to some place special and pass on her love for America’s State Parks to another worthy person! We are so blessed to live in a country that protects and conserves some of America’s most special natural places.Erika Rivers, Director of MN State Parks & TrailsParks & Trails Council Annual Dinner
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April 9, 2016Stanley Eddy Memorial Park, Wright County, MNMy incredible first cousin and I spent a cool beautiful spring day hiking both the Northern and Southern Units. The heavily forested, glaciated ridges were fully visible through the leafless trees. This is a perfect place to hike, especially with someone who appreciates it. Thank You Mike Tegeder!Kurt ZuppkeParks & Trails Council
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Sept., 4, 2016Current River, Southeastern MissouriEvery Labor Day weekend my husband and I, along with many friends, "float" a Missouri or Arkansas river. Floating, in Missouri, means you are in a canoe or kayak, and you are floating down a river. (Being native to Minnesota I always thought that "floating" meant traveling down the Apple River in an inner tube). This year we floated the Current River, a beautiful, spring fed, crystal clear, very cold (and refreshing when it’s hot) river in the heart of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. Great river to spend the day on with good friends.Sue EkstamJudy Herrmann
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June 4, 2016Myre-Big Island State Park near Albert LeaWe saw snapping turtles laying eggs, a black squirrel, and a barred owl. We stayed in the camper cabin…five women…and had a great time biking and hiking.Joy ZimmermanEmily Nesvold
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May 12, 2017Sakatah Lake State ParkMy family stayed at a beautiful camper cabin where we enjoyed each other and nature to the fullest. A highlight was when a black capped chickadee landed on my phone while I was playing bird songs.Peter Lindstrom
July 22, 2016Glendalough State ParkWe canoed to a yurt. We were surrounded by beautiful wildflowers and had an amazing experience.Peter
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July 30, 2016Mesabi TrailBeautiful scenery along a nice rolling bike pathKathleen Bennettin memory of Mike Tegeder
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June 4, 2016Apostle Islands National Lake ShoreWent sailing with friends! Also had the chance to do a little hiking while we were waiting for the rain to pass.
May 14, 2016Mystery Cave State parkTook some friends camping for the first time and chose to explore Mystery Cave. Got to think of Bill Morrisey and Fr. Mike, two incredibly influential men.
April 22, 2016Maquoketa Caves State ParkTook the family on a surprise hiking trip to Maquoketa Caves State Park in IA. We camped, hiked, and went spelunking. There were some larger caves you could walk up-right in but we enjoyed the sense of adventure exploring the narrower caves, where we had to move in all fours! Mike’s token came with us, of course, and I was thinking of him.Veronica
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June 4, 2016Banning State ParkThis was the perfect weekend to get out on the trail. Lisa, August and I went up and down some of the ferniest trails around. We saw the wonderful Kettle River and checked out a couple of it’s tributaries. What a relaxing park!Joel MLisa F
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July 16, 2016Gitchi Gami State Trail at Skihill RoadTo begin at the end: Father Mike never got to repeat his faith-testing (!) ski descents of Hilfiker Hill, nor our bicycle elopement from St Frances Cabrini to Gichitwaa Kateri and then on homeward via a shared brew-stop on Lyndale. But over these three months, his Token certainly continued to travel ~ setting XC ski tracks, brushed DevilTrack hiking trails, biked the Greenway and the Minnesota River valley, stood vigil at Matins and rested on my keyboard at Trinity/Hovland Vespers. Father Mike lived with integrity, compassion, diversity, a life of rich colors and far too short ~ but still the beginning, not the end, of an arc. Lovely biking here on the Gitchi Gami state bike trail with Marlys, and so at a trail site dedicated during Father Mike’s Parks and Trails Council tenure ~ time to pass it on!Bob NesheimFather Mike Tegeder, by his life and example
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