2011 Celebration Journey travel blog

Annabelle, Brian and Owen starting across the Mississippi Headwaters

Andrea joined them

Standing on the log bridge across the Mississippi

Henry and Beth wading across the river

Beth made it!

Henry and Blondie in the middle of the river

Owen decided to go on the rocks again

Owen on the other side

Annabelle had fun sitting on the log

The headwaters of the Mississippi River

Andrea and Annabelle taking a break

Owen standing by the river

The beginning of the Mississippi River

We all took a break back at the campsite

Owen with his new caterpillar friends

Roasting Marshmallows


Waitiing for sunset

A boat returning from a day on the water

Sunset over Lake Itasca

Lady's Slipper

Wild Columbine

Lady's Slippers

Lady's Slippers

Perfect ending to a perfect day

We have had some spectacular days on this trip so far - visiting my brother Joe's family in Albuquerque, seeing Elk, Bison, Deer and other wildlife, driving up Pike's Peak, visiting Rocky Mountain National Park just to name a few.

I have to say that none of those compares to the fun we had camping at Itasca State Park with Andrea's family. We started the day with pancakes and bacon for everyone. The weather was beautiful - clear, sunny, and warm. We went to the headwaters of the Mississippi River to walk across. Andrea, Brian, Owen and Annabelle walked across on the rocks while Henry, Blondie and I chose to wade across. The water is clear and COLD! After being in Vicksburg where the Mississippi River was rising it is amazing to see that it begins as a stream from Lake Itasce.

We took a break back at the campsite and tried to rent a pontoon boat. They were all rented out so we spent the rest of the afternoon at the campsite. Owen had fun with caterpillars that were falling from the trees onto their tent.

After a delicious supper of chili that Andrea prepared, and more S'Mores of course, we walked to the lake to watch the sunset. It was so peaceful and beautiful to see. Just as we were getting ready to leave we spotted a Loon in the lake. Andrea stayed long enough to see 3 more loons.

A beautiful ending to a beautiful day.

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